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Today’s Alerts: Can using the wrong form invalidate a real estate appraisal in divorce?

My Today’s Alerts series highlights ideas generated in my divorce financial advisory practice. A recent newsletter to divorce lenders from the Divorce Lending Association highlighted how using the wrong appraisal form can invalidate a real estate appraisal in court – leaving you with the cost of more appraisals, more legal costs and headaches.  A new appraisal … Continue reading Today’s Alerts: Can using the wrong form invalidate a real estate appraisal in divorce?

Today’s Alerts: The Cost of Proving Separate Property in Divorce

The spouse claiming property is separate in divorce has the burden to prove it.  In a long term marriage the proof can be hard to find, and expensive to provide.  It requires that the source of the funds used to create and maintain separate property be “traced” by a forensic accountant or CPA and requires, … Continue reading Today’s Alerts: The Cost of Proving Separate Property in Divorce

In divorce, who should pay for college?

This is an important debate. Parents can either ask or offer to pay for college as part of a divorce settlement. However, in divorce, a commitment to pay for college is a negotiating point, not a legal requirement (as some may think). Should it be?  I’m not sure.  That’s where there’s room for debate. Here’s my thought.  If a married couple … Continue reading In divorce, who should pay for college?

How Should Retirement Assets be Valued in Divorce?

Many a highly trained family law attorney will “tax affect” retirement accounts by using the after tax value of a retirement account on a couple’s inventory of assets.  As a divorcing man or woman you need to know that this method of valuation is more of a negotiation tactic then economics.  Left unchecked, the spouse receiving more of the … Continue reading How Should Retirement Assets be Valued in Divorce?