How you proceed forward once the decision to separate has been taken by one spouse requires some consideration. The values, work ethics, and best practices of the lawyer you retain are just as important as the forum in which you proceed. It is also important that you and your lawyer see eye to eye on
During separation negotiations, the value of your advanced or professional degree may come into question. If you attained the degree during the marriage, your spouse may argue that it is considered property, and therefore subject to an equal division of its value. It is important that you understand the worth of the degree and its
Simply, at the first meeting, it’s premature to be able to predict the final cost. There are unknown roadblocks such as the inability to recover important older bank documents which may cause delays, to be able to foresee the inevitable twists and turns which life brings to each of us. Consider the impact of the
Certainly! Silver separation or a grey divorce is common now as baby-boomers decide for many reasons such as economic and personal independence, belief in a better life ahead, or anticipating a long life yet to live as their parents are experiencing that it is time to strike a new path. For some it is the
Family Businesses are not only the lifeline for a family; they often integrate family members from both sides who perform a wide array of valuable responsibilities keeping the business profitable. Developing a shared understanding to how the business will operate during the family’s transition to two households is essential to keep a positive cash flow.
What we don’t know about can be frightening. Share good memories about the time when a difficult decision was made with a great result because of the help of trusted friends and knowledgeable professional. Consider the emotional tailspin you spouse may be in. Acknowledge that it may not a good time for your partner to
The first questions should focus on how you want to proceed. Here’s an example: Do you want to be heard about what matters to you? If this is an important issue for you, then consider staying away from choosing an approach like court where your ‘hired gun’ does all the talking. What does being heard
Going to court means giving permission to a complete stranger to make long term decisions about you and your family. The decision, including details of the family’s financial circumstances, may be published and accessible online. Separating from a spouse or partner may well be one of the most difficult traumatic, fearful experiences we go through.