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?
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
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?
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?
Divorcing couples often use their credit cards to pay attorneys and other professionals so these expenses can be tracked and divided at settlement. During divorce, credit cards can get “maxed out” to their limit. Divorcing couples are often concerned about the cost and the impact to their credit scores. They are also concerned about the … Continue reading Credit Cards in Divorce