Family Law eNewsletter | Capehart Scatchard

On behalf of the Family Law department, in partnership with Divorce Magazine, Capehart Scatchard is proud to present our monthly Family Law eNewsletter! Each article contains informative content and tips we hope you find beneficial and supportive.


January 2018

How an experienced financial planner can help you make wise investments, reduce taxes, and make sure your financial settlement will work for you both now and in the future.

A practicing divorce attorney offers five new year’s resolutions for you to consider.

What is parental alienation, and how to recognize it when it’s occurring.

No two divorcing couples have identical circumstances, but one potential source of income (or expense) for many divorcing people will be spousal support.

It takes courage and bravery to create a whole new life from scratch – especially after grey divorce. Here’s how.

December 2017

Commit yourself to these principles and ensure an enjoyable season for all.

Restoring your relationship with your child after parental alienation has taken place.

How the financial impact of getting divorced can have a ripple effect.

Divorce does not have to be a damaging experience.

Can divorce be good? Make changes in your life for the better.

November 2017

Don’t go with a knee-jerk reaction when beginning the divorce process.

How you tackle the challenges associated with a blended family is key to happiness.

Consider hiring a financial advisor when preparing for your divorce.

Not all your friends and acquaintances may be the best for you during divorce.

Don’t lose sight of your own physical and emotional health with these coping skills.

October 2017

What relationships will our children be a part of, based on our examples? It’s our job as parents to set the right example.

There are many reasons why people strive to be friends with their ex after a breakup or divorce. But is it always a good idea?

Here are steps a spouse can take when he or she has stopped receiving support payments.

There are very specific sets of challenges that arise when couples divorce later in life.

If you want to get back on track as soon as possible, here are 5 great ways to recover.

September 2017

If you are still questioning whether or not you are ready for divorce, then consider these additional questions. 

Ways that parents can help children hold onto a sense of security throughout this difficult process. 

Consider the many variables before accepting lump sum divorce settlements. 

Most people have heard of divorce lawyers and litigation, but not everyone is familiar with divorce coaches. If you need some direction in your divorce, here’s why this type of coach might be the solution for you.

When an old friend deserts you, it’s a deep cut. It’s easy to crawl in a corner and lick your wounds. But, you have a new life to create!

August 2017

How you overcome alienation depends on the age of your child and whether you still have communication with your child. 

For a family emerging after a divorce, a post-divorce summer vacation can be a time of healing after a stressful period.

If you are currently facing divorce and navigating your retirement benefit situation, here are some thoughts to keep in mind to help this process run smoothly.

Everyone going through a divorce needs to be careful and aware of how social media and divorce activity can be used against them.

Depression, anxiety, stress, grief, and anger are quite likely to emerge stronger than ever when we try to recover from divorce.

July 2017

Consider these 6 strategies when you are feeling angry with your co-parent.

Key questions you should be asking yourself before hiring a family lawyer.

If you want to avoid divorce, it’s important that you and your partner help each other feel relevant and appreciated.

Dating after Divorce: Finding the Return on Your Investment.

The traditional separation is changing, with more couples hopping on the trend of semi-separating, ending their relationship but still living together.

June 2017

Most emotional affairs are not physically sexual, but are often more challenging for couples to overcome and forgive.

The key to successful single parenting is to reflect daily upon the importance of preparing for your new life and accept that change is necessary.

When faced with the reality of divorce, you’ll likely experience grief that is similar to losing a loved one.

One experience that no one wants to have happen is being served with divorce papers. This is especially true when it comes as a surprise.

Tips on how to enjoy Father’s Day, post divorce, with or without your kids.

May 2017

For divorced or divorcing parents, summer vacation does not have to be a battleground or source of contention.

To have the best life you can have after divorce, you’ll have to work on yourself first. Here are 7 tips to be your best self after divorce.

If you are going through a divorce, here are some tips on how to divide your assets in a way that you can remain amicable about it. 

Gray divorce can often lead to significant financial stress, as the bills that were once paid by two now must be paid independently.

You can face your trust issues with optimism when you extend trust to those who deserve it and learn to trust yourself day by day.

April 2017

There are a lot of emotions when going through the divorce process and one of them is worrying. Worry in itself is not bad – it is how one deals with it that can be a problem.

You and your co-parent make take very different approaches on how to handle these changes, and you may not always agree with each other.

If you are going through a divorce, there is a lot more to deal with than just the emotional issues. There are also finances to think about.

Divorce is very traumatizing, but if you allow yourself to heal and utilize available support, you can emerge happier than ever before.

Although your actions had the most honorable intents, there are some things to learn from your previous marriage. The fact that you made some mistakes, doesn’t mean that you are at fault.

March 2017

Divorcing couples are increasingly using financial and mental health support services to navigate what can be a very difficult and draining process.

For thousands of Americans, divorce is far from a light subject, but how do we begin to learn all that divorce entails, and how exactly do we deal with it?

Divorces are stressful enough without having to worry about whether your and your spouse’s assets will be divided properly.

Slowly, hope is building for children suffering from a form of psychological abuse known as “parental alienation” because of the growing awareness about parental alienation and its harm to children.

If you approach dating thoughtfully after your divorce and consider your children’s needs, it will pay off in the long run.

February 2017

There are consequences you need to first consider before deciding to end your marriage.

Disengaging or removing yourself from conflict is the best measure against ongoing future conflict.

Divorce can be draining on your emotions and affect your life more than you imagined. If bankruptcy is piled on top of it, it can become even more stressful.

From outsourcing anger and frustration to boldly starting a new life, these 10 tips are sure to help you recover and move on after infidelity.

Being fresh out of a marriage or long-term relationship is hard. You feel incredibly raw and vulnerable.

January 2017

Divorce attorneys and judges are helping people at the worst times in their lives. A calm guiding hand and leadership from a judge can do wonders to help people in these situations.

Here are some of the many services a divorce lawyer can offer you.

To truly know your situation and your needs, it is important to dig deep. Here are 10 questions to ask yourself as you begin to move into the divorce process.

It is easy to slip into negativity during and after divorce. Dwelling on what is not working out can blind you to what is going right in your life.

If you are struggling to co-parent with your former partner, here are some tips to help you manage the experience and make things a little easier.

December 2016

When you’re ready to build your divorce team, be sure to include the professionals that have been trained in equitable and fair divorce practices.

You don’t have control over your ex’s gift purchases, but you can control what you do — and the new memories you create for yourself and your kids.

This abuse is cloaked in false “protectiveness,” a form of bullying, and a precursor to domestic violence. Financial abuse leaves no bruises, but it really, really hurts.

Second-guessing this decision is unproductive. Problem-solving your present, practicing gratitude, and focusing on your current goals is where it’s at.

Once infidelity occurs in a marriage, those betrayed are faced with questions such as why, and whether or not forgiveness is possible.

November 2016

What is parallel co-parenting and how can it work for you?

The ability to support one’s self post-divorce is a huge concern. Every state has different alimony statutes in effect, which vary from the type permitted to the regulations that must be met to determine whether or not one party will receive (or pay) alimony. 

The unknown can be paralyzing – or it can be invigorating. Just because your divorce is final does not automatically mean that you are going to spring forward with new adventures. It all takes time, and empowerment.

Signing a prenuptial agreement (prenup) before you get married can help ensure your future is protected in case of divorce. Here are 10 reasons it’s a good idea to sign a prenup before you walk down the aisle.

The facile answer to this question is “no,” but in reality, “it depends” may be the better answer. There are a few considerations you must make before deciding whether or not telling the children about your or your spouse’s affair is the right step to take.

October 2016

Divorce is not something that any individual foresees in their future on the day they say “I do,” but for some of us that reality has, or is beginning to, set in. While it is devastating to see the end of a relationship and the life you built with someone else, there are ways to bounce back from it.

Narcissists thrive in environments and relationships that appear to focus predominantly on them, fulfilling only their needs and interests.

Perhaps in reading these scenarios, co-parents can identify with similar issues and see how actions can have long-term negative effects or cause pain.

Division of assets and debts may sound easy, but it is often not easy at all. You must watch for tax consequences when dividing property and debts during divorce.

According to a recent study in Sweden, heart attack victims who get divorced are significantly more likely to experience a second heart attack.

September 2016

As another school year begins, sometimes the difficulties of joint child rearing can become more evident. Whether it’s the scheduling of extra-curricular events or nightly study sessions, it is important that both parents are able to effectively communicate with each other in order to ensure academic success for their child.

Whether you’ve just decided to tell your spouse you want a divorce or are beginning the divorce process, remember that it’s not going to be easy. Here’s a short guide to help you to get through this transition.

Good or bad, we live in an age where people want instant gratification and where they are not willing to really communicate and work on their problems without turning for answers in the arms of another man or woman.

Divorce is a time of great distrust of between spouses. Such distrust is most likely at the root of the many possible reasons for the divorce. If money seems to be disappearing, either during the marriage or since the initiation of the divorce, it is possible that there is spending that qualifies as dissipation.

While a divorce can greatly affect you emotionally, it can also impact you financially. As you go through the divorce process, remember that the decisions you make now will have long-term effects on your future.

 August 2016

We have seen a seismic shift in the ways families are constituted in the last 20 years or so, and with that comes the opportunity to re-think the ways in which families interact with each other.

There are four areas on which you can work to help you transition through the divorce with more ease.

Estimates for raising a child are recorded at $245,340 from infancy to adulthood. As a single parent, these seven tips are going to keep you – and your bank account – happy.

Women have become the leading earners in many families – meaning more men are eligible to receive spousal support following a divorce. Three percent of men in divorce cases receive spousal support, a figure that is up 0.5 percent since 2000, according to the 2010 census.

Often, the number-one concern of those facing divorce is the cost. Attorneys generally charge for their services in one of two ways, and it is important to understand the difference.

 July 2016

Before finalizing a divorce, it’s important for individuals to consider obtaining a financial order – which can help prevent ex-spouses from making financial claims in the future.

Infidelity is of interest to everyone, regardless of background, because it does not discriminate and can affect any marriage.

Going through a divorce may be a lengthy adjustment period for some. Following these ten steps may help ease the process.

The quick answer is that legally you can, of course, end a marriage when a spouse is mentally ill. But the real question is if you can give yourself permission ethically and morally to do so.

Jumping into another relationship before you are ready can lead to more disappointments and hurt.

 June 2016

There’s a fine line that most people must navigate when they find themselves in the unfortunate position of going through a divorce.

Wherever you find yourself in the process, the decisions you make now help define what will follow.

We all know that divorce can be an expensive proposition. Perhaps online fundraising platform Plumfund can help offset the costs.

Going through a divorce is similar to the experience of a family death. The stakes are the highest when children are involved.

What are the do’s and don’ts of lending a hand to a divorcing friend in need?