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August 2019 Archives

Signs a spouse may be hiding assets

There is a common misconception that only men hide or conceal assets during a divorce. However, as women are gaining more economic power in Washington and throughout the country, there is an opportunity for individuals of both genders to hide assets. It is not uncommon for women who earn more in a relationship to have control over a household's finances. This means that they pay bills, file tax returns and determine how money is invested.

Couples must understand their finances before divorce

In Washington and across the United States, divorce can wreak havoc on a person's finances. The end of a marriage involves strong emotions, and a dispute sometimes ensues. Designing a sound settlement agreement can help couples cope after they get divorced. Otherwise, they may learn that living as single individuals involves complexities with regard to money. Plus, divorced individuals risk losing the types of lifestyles they planned to enjoy during their retirement years.

When a parent would endanger a child in custody cases

When some Washington parents divorce, one of them may have concerns about the safety of their children when they are with the other parent. When they have true fears that their children's other parent places them in danger, they should speak up and inform the court about their concerns. Courts will investigate threats of violence, domestic violence, and allegations of abuse before they make child custody decisions.

Managing online presence when marriage is ending

With social media being such an important part of most people's lives, managing online presence during the planning, process and after a divorce can be challenging for Washington, D.C. residents. However, it is important to maintain caution and certain limits when it comes to social media use during the process, as it can affect the actual proceedings and the lives of the former spouses and their children.