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Six Things to Know about Divorce

1. It's going to hurt.

This is true no matter if you are the instigating party or not. The end of what was meant to be a permanent relationship is second on the stress-rating Holmes and Rahe scale after "death of a spouse." Whether or not you want the divorce, you are going to experience emotions that may at times be debilitating. In some instances, the tension may escalate into violence. People who would never think they are capable of violence in reality are. Pain and loneliness will make most people do almost anything.

Joint Tax Returns - Do What is Best for Your Family

For most people, their wedding day is a culmination of hopes and dreams - the beginning of "happily ever after." G. K. Chesterton reportedly quips, "The fairy tales said that the prince and princess lived happily ever afterwards; and so they did. They lived happily, although it is very likely that from time to time they threw the furniture at each other."

Couples who navigate this business of living with another flawed human being stay married, but our office regularly hears from those who cannot live happily together any longer and so find the only option is divorce.

Shared Parenting Plans

A Shared Parenting Plan, also known as "SPP," is a detailed document which addresses the many different areas of care for the children whose parents are divorcing. Contrary to common belief, it is not simply a 50/50 visitation or "possessory time" plan.

The SPP is typically 20-25 pages in length, with the first 5 pages containing standard language discussing the parents' commitment to the plan and the rights the children have, one of which is the right to express love for each parent without having to hide it or fear the disapproval of either parent.

It's not over, until it's over ...

Many recently divorced people become frustrated after their "final" hearing because their case still requires legal work. Every case is different. However, many cases resolve with the requirement that certain accounts are equalized as of a certain date. Collecting and exchanging statements or other account information can take some time. Reaching additional, post decree agreements about the settlement of those accounts can also take some time. The momentum for buttoning up these details is often lost once the Judge grants the divorce.

When You Just Can't Get What You Want

This blog is solely the opinion of the writer and not necessarily that of the staff or firm of Zoller Biacsi Co., LPA. 

Have you ever tried to make somebody do something?

My aunt, when my kids were really little, once told me, "Pick your battles." In other words, don't make everything into a fight. Choose that which is important enough to enforce, and then let other things slide.

Divorce: Litigation v. Collaborative Process

One of the toughest, and saddest, things to accept in any failed marriage is the culpability of both parties in the breakup of the family.

Our firm represents both men and women, Plaintiffs and Defendants, those who have cheated and those who have been cheated on. We represent people accused of alcoholism and drug abuse, and we represent the accusers. Always, always, there are two people involved who are hurt badly, no matter what side they are on. Sometimes, the need for revenge is so strong, it makes people do remarkable damage to each other, to themselves, to their children.

Brave New Hope

I have a blended family, my kids belong to two blended families, I know friends and acquaintances that have blended families, and I work with blended families each day.

It's a nice pretty-sounding word: BLENDED. All mushed up together, like a milkshake. Or maybe, a business-like blended, as in "integrated" or "merged." Or swirled beautifully, all united in movement.

IT Security in Family Law Matters

A contested family law matter brings about certain IT security risks that may not seem obvious now, but may present grave problems in the future if they are overlooked. As family law attorneys, our job is to alert our clients - and potential clients - to these risks. Consider the following suggestions: 

What to Expect at the Final Dissolution Hearing

The dissolution hearing is the final step in the process of dissolving a marriage. Agreements have been reached through counsel or mediation, and the hearing simply puts the agreements into place, making them legally enforceable.  Prior to the hearing, you will have reviewed the Judgment Entry. This is the document that the Court will sign incorporating your agreements and adopting them as a court order. If there are children, both spouses will be required to attend a Parenting Seminar, and it must be attended prior to the hearing. If you receive a certificate of attendance, you will want to provide that to your attorney prior to the hearing so she can file it with the Court.

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