Tag: separation

Divorce – Your First Legal Strategy Decisions

February 17, 2011 | Blog, Divorce, Family Law News

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The initial weeks of a marital separation are probably the most turbulent, uncertain part of the divorce process. The first few choices that spouses must make when they are contemplating divorce are important legal strategy decisions that require thoughtful consideration. Your divorce lawyer can help to assess the risks and possible consequences of those initial decisions. 1.   Move out or stay put? Pennsylvania doesn’t recognize a legal separation as some […]

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Top Five Things to Do if You Are Separating

August 06, 2010 | Blog, Child Support, Divorce, Marital Property

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[This is a re-post of a popular article that I wrote and published a year ago on this site.  ~BCV] It’s never easy to take the first step on any journey. When you are facing a marital separation, there are five things that you can do to protect yourself, financially and emotionally. 1.         Secure your property. Review your joint bank and credit card statements regularly to ensure that no unexpected […]

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Massachusetts Authorizes Post-Nuptial Agreements

August 04, 2010 | Blog, Court Decisions, Divorce, Marital Property, Settlement

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The Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts ruled recently that agreements between spouses who plan to continue their marriage but wish to define their legal rights and obligations in the event of divorce are enforceable in that state. Some states (notably Ohio) do not permit spouses to execute agreements waiving their marital rights unless they are actually pursuing divorce, and the law of many states is unsettled. In its recent decision, […]

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