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Should You Pay a Lawyer for an Initial Family Law Consultation?

You will be hard pressed to find a lawyer that doesn’t charge for an initial divorce consultation, or initial divorce assessment as we call it. And there is a simple reason for that – first, if we didn’t charge for this meeting our days would be...
3 Common Mistakes People Make when Filing their own Divorce

3 Common Mistakes People Make when Filing their own Divorce

There are a ton of divorce mistakes that I often see people make when they file their own divorce. When I was preparing to write this post, I did a brainstorm and could find no fewer than 10 major mistakes – any one of which could doom your divorce, cause you...

Does Alimony hurt your ability to qualify for a mortgage?

I recently received an email from a past client that got me scratching my head. Here is the email (with identifying information removed to protect the innocent and so as not to divulge protected client information…): Hey Jim, I just wanted to let you know my current...

What does it mean to provide Full Financial Disclosure?

For whatever reason, a lot of my clients, and I think a lot of divorcing spouses in general, have a hard time with the concept of “full financial disclosure.” Here are the objections I typically receive: That information is from prior to the date of...

It’s that time of year again… Divorce and the Holidays

As we flip to the last page of the calendar for 2013, a topic comes to mind that I know is front and center for a lot of my readers. Divorce and the holidays. If you are thinking about divorce, or even going through one already, this can be an extremely difficult...