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.
It’s critical to exercise caution and understand how to handle the Internet during divorce.
Recording your spouse may seem like a good way to gather evidence, but you must be extremely cautious when doing so or risk criminal repercussions.
Your single mom Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be sad or lonely. Use these 7 unique ideas to celebrate Valentine’s Day whether you have a partner or not.
All holidays are tough in the first year post separation or divorce, so here are some tips to beat the blues on the so-called “Day of Love.”
Parallel co-parenting allows parents in high-conflict divorces to disengage from problematic communication with each other and focus their energy on raising their child.
When divorce opens the door to psychological suffering, its time to find the right mental health counselor for you. But in such a large field, it’s hard to know who you’ll work well with.
Making the sale of the family home a priority can help to eliminate much of the stress associated with divorce. Here are the steps to sell your home during divorce.
Divorce and separation bring change, wanted or not. Why not take advantage of the opportunity to create New Year’s resolutions that fit your new life?
If you’re in the midst of divorce and cheating was involved, you may be wondering if your online dating profile can be used as evidence in divorce court.
Here are four tips on how to keep your children’s welfare front and center so you can co-parent successfully after divorce.
Whether or not money is the root of all evil, we can feel it’s pervasive influence in many key areas of life, including work, health, social activities – and failed marriages.
Social media has become so prevalent in divorce proceedings that Facebook is known as an “infidelity-generating machine.”
The holidays can be stressful for all of us but for the recently divorced, they bring a new set of painful challenges.
Divorce is hard. Keeping your information safe might be harder. Using these four tips to handle cybersecurity concerns during your divorce can make the process easier and less stressful.
What matters most for your children is the absence of conflict during co-parenting. Find your “sweet spot” on the co-parenting continuum.
Jeff Bezos’s divorce provided a peek into the life of the world’s richest man & offers valuable tips for those facing high-net-worth divorce.
Consider asking all prospective lawyers these questions before retaining a family lawyer to represent you in your divorce or family law case.
Arts and crafts can help kids sort out their feelings and remember that they are still part of a family that cares about each other, even if it’s changed.
After working with hundreds of couples, there are a few things I’ve found to be true every time. There is one universal truth in all divorces.
It takes a certain amount of time to recover from the emotional wounds divorce causes, but you will recover. The next step may be to start dating again.
Understanding the financial implications of divorce before the asset negotiation begins can make an extremely emotionally difficult situation easier to navigate.
Millennials have much more open attitudes towards cohabitation than previous generations. Many have lived through their parents’ divorce, so they won’t make the decision to marry lightly.
I didn’t want a divorce; I wanted my marriage to work no matter what the cost. Or, so I thought at the time.
Divorce related stress can interfere with your ability to stay focused at work. The tips below will help you separate your divorce from your work performance.
Keep your children’s well-being a priority after divorce by maintaining a healthy co-parenting relationship with your ex-spouse.
You could lose time and money by litigating instead of settling – but you must understand the likelihood of achieving your goals in court before making a decision.
Preparing to sell our home was a daunting task. I felt like I was disassembling my dreams of a happy marriage and family with every item I sold, donated, or tossed.
Starting a new school year is stressful for everyone; here are some tips for divorced parents to help keep the school year positive and organized.
There are many benefits of forming a DST, including limited liability, easy formation and maintenance, contractual flexibility, and favorable tax treatment.
Predatory men and women like nothing better than to come between someone and their new love interest. Here’s how to recognize a predator.
As life evolves, so does marriage. Couples who learn to accept reasonable expectations – which must include spending quality time together – could save their marriage and make it more rewarding than they ever thought it could be.
It’s common for divorced parents to assume that their children will receive an inheritance if their ex-partner were to pass away, but that can be a dangerous assumption.
Once you’ve made your decision to divorce, your lawyer will need information from you in order to get the ball rolling and the divorce process started.
Taking a vacation has many benefits, both on a personal and professional level. Here are some reasons why you should take a vacation after divorce.
Vacationing with your kids should be a highlight of the summer. Whether it’s seeing different parts of the country or world, visiting friends and family, or simply relaxing close to home, vacations are a time for families to connect and make new memories.
You may have left summer camp sign-ups to the last minute – especially if you and your ex-spouse don’t agree on how your kids should spend the vacation. Who gets the final say – and who has to pay?
Being married to an addict makes life and marriage hard to navigate. Given the loss of trust and the lack of honest communication, is it any wonder that many of these marriages end in divorce?
It is important to know that the family business is both an asset and a source of income when it comes to property division and child or spousal support. Here’s why.
Divorce turns you into strangers with shared memories. The story that you and your ex shared is done – and even the memories are tainted. But it’s still hard to say goodbye to the memories.
The chance of a rebound relationship having long-term potential is slim; you need time to heal from your breakup so that you don’t bring baggage into a new relationship.
Instead of marginalizing divorced dads, let’s celebrate their accomplishments!
Let’s celebrate the stepfathers who “stepped up” for the children they did not bring into this world – but cherished as if they did.
Is it possible to have a good divorce? The path to your divorce may include some twists & bumps, but these tips can make the journey a bit smoother.
If you own a business with your spouse, valuing it will be one of the most complex issues in your divorce. Here are reasons why you should or shouldn’t settle.
Divorced and thinking about dating again. Here is one man’s thoughts on dating in your 40s.
If this is your first Mother’s Day after divorce, consider the following advice before deciding whether or not to include your children’s grandmother in celebrations.
Having a hard time moving past your divorce? You’re not alone. These tips should help you move on – and maybe even find love again.
Learning a new craft can give you a sense of achievement – and crafting releases chemicals in the brain to help you to feel happy again.
Save them for your kids, transform them into other pieces of jewelry, or sell them – which is the smartest way to dispose of your wedding rings?
When each partner can express and respond to each other’s wants and needs, intimacy can grow and deepen.
If you’re considering divorce, or even if you’re already divorced, learning about how these tax changes could affect you is crucial.
If you have children, it’s inevitable and is something that couples will have to face sooner or later.
The sixth stage of grief after divorce: the “Wasted Years” Syndrome is when you feel like your years of marriage were a big waste of time.
You need to find ways to reduce your budget to match your income; these tips will help you save money after divorce so you can get back on your feet faster.
Children can become trapped in their parents’ bitter divorce battle, feeling torn between the two people they love the most.
If your spouse has cheated, you should take some time to discover the legal implications of their infidelity.
There are some experts who decide to “rig” the value of a business in favor of one spouse. Here are some things that could point to a rigged valuation.
Beware the ex who wants to remain friends, they just might be a psychopath!
The ending of a marriage is also the beginning of a new life: one in which you can define your own narrative and live more authentically.
The key to positive co-parenting is communication. If you and your ex can communicate civilly, the rest will fall into place.
The Jeff Bezos divorce case is turning heads all around the globe. What could this mean for his net worth and stake in Amazon?
When the holiday bills arrive and one more Valentine’s Day is a bust, you may decide call it quits. Here are 4 easy steps to take control of your financial future.
The “quarterback” of your divorce team will probably be your lawyer, but adding other divorce professionals to your team can smooth the road ahead of you.
If you understand the basics of child custody – and you and your ex are willing and able to cooperate for the sake of your children – then you can create a co-parenting plan that makes your kids feel secure, happy, and loved.
Protecting your legal rights during divorce means you need to be knowledgeable about how marital homes, businesses, and pension plans are handled during divorce.
The beginning of a new year makes us think about last-minute things we need to address. Use this new year financial checklist to remind you of what you need to consider or change because of your divorce.
Self-medicating is not a good long-term strategy. Instead, turn pain into gain by learning how to nurture yourself.
What happens when your spouse has one foot out the door and you don’t know it? You weather the divorce storm and give recovery time to catch up to your feelings.
Here’s what you should know to protect your business during during this difficult period.
Creating a detailed parenting plan will smooth the road ahead as you begin co-parenting with your ex-spouse.
You need to move fast: you only have until the end of 2018 to take advantage of the old, more favorable US tax laws.
Self-medicating is not a good long-term strategy. Instead, turn pain into gain by learning how to nurture yourself.
It doesn’t matter why you got divorced. What matters is how willing you are to jump-start your new life and let go of the past.
The best present you can give your children is an enjoyable and stress-free holiday season!
What to do with frozen embryos is an emotionally-charged question for divorcing couples.
This year, consider celebrating “Friendsgiving”; here are 10 things to be thankful for, and 10 ways to enjoy the holidays.
You’ll have to make important decisions during divorce; this Q&A could help you make better, more informed choices.
You might feel that finding a new partner should be a priority, but you should really take time to discover the “New You” first.
Divorced from an alcoholic? Do you have a plan in place in case they go to rehab? Here’s help.
If you’re planning to divorce, you may want to hasten your proceedings to take advantage of pre-TCJA alimony tax treatment. Here’s why.
What else do you have to divide besides your tangibles? In celebrity divorce, you may have to divide half your “goodwill”. What does goodwill in celebrity divorce mean?
Lawyers are obliged to protect their clients’ best interests; would representing both sides be a conflict of interest?
Navigating your first (or second, or third) Thanksgiving after divorce will require some extra effort, but that extra effort will be worth it. These six tips will help you get through – and maybe even enjoy – the holiday.
How to bench your inner “Kobe Bryant” in order to handle co-parenting competition and jealousy with grace – most of the time, anyway.
Learn to recognize these 7 self-sabotaging side effects of experiencing your parent’s infidelity – because if you can see it, you can change it.
Want to secretly record your spouse for evidence in your divorce? Think again!
Be careful what you post on social media and other online sites during and after divorce! You don’t want a spiteful ex to get ammunition from your social media pages to use against you.
Making a budget and stopping impulse shopping are just two ways to save money after divorce. It’s a good start – but you still have a way to go!
Back-to-school can be difficult at the best of times, but it can be especially challenging for children whose parents separated or divorced over the summer. Here’s advice on how to support your children as they return to school.
Here’s how to prepare for that all-important first date after divorce: from 7 tips for successful flirting to 16 first-date Dos and Dont’s.
Have you considered how your high-conflict divorce will affect your children?
Moving to a new home could help you move on – out of your comfort zone, but with the opportunity to make new memories.
You AND your ex’s current spouse could be eligible to receive benefits. Here’s how.
A blended family offers more family members to love and be loved by your child.
To reduce the stress of co-parenting, be flexible and resist the urge to compete with your ex-spouse.
Divorce filings spike in August. Can you beat the odds and revitalize your marriage, or is divorce inevitable?
There are many things that go into the timing of a divorce once the petition is filed; here are 4 key factors that will affect how long it takes to get a divorce.
A post-divorce summer vacation can be a time of healing after a stressful period. Here are 4 tips to set up your summer vacation for success.
The idea of going to divorce court is daunting. If you’re nervous about how to behave in court, here are six tips for you to follow.
Some people might be ready to jump back into the dating pool almost immediately; for others, becoming ready to date again after divorce can take years.
The end of your marriage offers the opportunity to try new post-divorce hobbies and activities.
Your children and their welfare should be your most important consideration when developing a co-parenting relationship.
Will your marriage be one of the 30% to end due to your Facebook use?
Divorce is a struggle of fear and lies. Don’t be left alone or trying to sort through it all without guidance.
Your initial family law consultation may be the most important meeting of your entire case.
Are you being too hard on yourself? Follow these tips for dealing with your guilt.
The best divorce advice comes from your own heart. Here are 10 must-have inspirational messages to start your unique collection of inspirations in a language that speaks to your soul.
Divorce costs can run high if you aren’t prepared going into the divorce process. Follow these basic rules to help you save money in the long run.
The divorce process is full of pitfalls. Establishing the proper personal and professional divorce support team is crucial to navigating this challenging process successfully.
When is the right time to starting dating after divorce? Should you jump back in immediately, or stay away from the opposite sex forever (more or less)? How do you know if you’re really ready to move on?
Research shows that spirituality can boost happiness and a sense of communal support. Playing an important role in healing mind, body, and soul, spirituality can help you heal after divorce.
These tips will help you stay calm and in control while you work your way through the divorce process.
There are many lawyers out there, but finding the one that fits your requirements can be challenging. Before hiring a divorce lawyer, ask these questions during the initial interview to find if they are the right fit for you.
US marriage and divorce statistics for 2016, plus women’s and men’s divorce rates and marital status from 2000 to 2017.
After losing a relationship, you may believe you have no control over your future. However, you can take control of your life by taking the next right action. Here’s how to handle personal crisis.
As children get older, their parents’ divorce will continue to have a lasting effect on their lives. Parents of adult children of divorce should keep the following information and tips in mind.
The new tax law will have an effect on your overall divorce settlement agreement and your taxes post-divorce.
Co-parenting with a narcissistic ex-spouse can bring many challenges. Learn the eight ways to deal with a narcissistic ex when there are children involved.
If you’ve started seriously contemplating divorce, how will you know if it’s time to move on from your marriage – or any significant relationship?
Ladies, don’t go through divorce alone: build a divorce team! Here are a few professionals that should be playing and not warming the bench.
How one couple moved from grief and guilt to respect and cooperation as same-sex co-parents.
Avoiding these divorce mistakes will help your case and prevent future regrets.
Loneliness can be one of the greatest challenges for people going through separation or divorce. Group therapy can provide a safe haven, helping you heal and overcome divorce loneliness.
Whatever our brain decides is the primary justification for remaining in a bad relationship, most of these boil down to a handful of reasons why we stay in unhappy marriages. Here are the top three.
Don’t go through divorce alone! Here’s why you should engage an experienced divorce attorney to guide you through your divorce proceedings.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?