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Pet Custody After Divorce

There are a few tips that can help your family navigate through this hairy situation. Although some may think otherwise, pets are considered “assets” or “personal property,” and not regarded the same as child with respect to parenting time. Dealing with pet issues at mediation, or informally without the involvement of a court, is often the best place to decide who gets custody of a pet, to avoid your “fur friend” being treated as just “personal property.”

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Does Your Child Need A Cellphone?

It’s no surprise these days to spot children as young as three years old with a cell phone or some type of device in their hands. It’s become the norm, rather than the exception. Our cell phones have become mini computers and they hold our life. We pay our bills, deposit checks, organize our to-do list, send emails, take photos and entertain ourselves all on one device. Not only do our children see us with our phones throughout the day, their friends probably have them too! As a parent it is your choice as to when your child receives a cell phone and it’s up to you on how you would like to control it.

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What Is A Sworn Financial Statement?

A Sworn Financial Statement (SFS) it requires each party to itemize, in detail, income, monthly living expenses, debts, assets, and separate property. Courts utilize these documents to establish a fair division of the marital estate, including maintenance (spousal support/alimony), child support, property, etc. The document is comprehensive and very detailed. In other words, it’s a lot of work!

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What Is A Qualified Domestic Relations Order?

A qualified domestic relations order (QDROs) is a special court order that grants a person a right to a portion of the retirement benefits his or her former spouse has earned through participation in an employer-sponsored retirement plan. These are typically prepared during divorce or just after proceedings. A retirement plan can be the largest asset in a marriage however, it can slip through the cracks because there is so much going on and in many cases retirement is decades away.

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