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When Should I file for a Modification of Alimony?

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If you have recently lost your job or had a reduction in income, you may be able to request a modification of your alimony obligation. Alternatively, if you have reached retirement age or are looking to slow down or retire from your current positions, you may want to consider a modification of alimony. When filing for a Modification of alimony, you must demonstrate to the court a (1) substantial change in circumstances, (2) that was not contemplated at the time of the entry of the agreement or Final Judgment, (3) that is sufficient, material, involuntary, and permanent in nature has occurred....

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Collaborative Divorce: Is it the Way of the Future?

Divorce can undoubtedly bring out the worst in people. Today, one modern development in family law is the collaborative divorce process. Collaborative divorce is known as the kinder, gentler way to divorce. It is a process that encourages communication around difficult issues, allows each side to hear the others' perspective in a safe environment, and uses mental health and financial professionals, as well as attorneys, to guide the parties towards a settlement that addresses their concerns. The collaborative process recognizes that divorce is not just a legal matter, but also a financial and emotional matter. Rather than spending attorneys’ time and...

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Top 10 Common Divorce Related Questions

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1. How is a divorce case started? One party must file a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage to start the divorce proceedings. Once the Petition is filed, the other spouse is served with a copy of the divorce petition by a process server. The spouse that was served then has 20 days to file an answer to the divorce petition. Once an answer is filed the parties have 45 days to exchange mandatory disclosure, which includes financial information such as bank statements and tax returns. Once mandatory disclosure is exchanged, the parties typically attend mediation. 2. Do I gain an advantage if...

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Top 5 Common Mistakes Doctors Make During a Divorce

At the DeWitt Law Firm, we understand that starting over is expensive. Not many life events impact your finances and family like a divorce. However, having an experienced divorce attorney can help to protect your interests and your assets. When representing doctors, physicians, and medical professionals, there are certain considerations to evaluate. Below is a list of the top 5 mistakes we see doctors, physicians, and medical professionals routinely make during a divorce. In order to avoid these mistakes and other pitfalls, be sure to consult with a divorce professional who has the experience necessary to properly represent your interests. 1....

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