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Divorce and Paying For College

Posted on August 29, 2016

Divorce and paying for college are topics I routinely discuss with my Nashville and Brentwood, TN clients. But, we discuss far more than just college expenses. There are college search trips, SAT prep classes, professionals to help your child with their essay, application fess and many more you...…

Fair Divorce Settlement?

Posted on July 17, 2016

Is it possible to have a fair divorce settlement? Yes. It is important for both spouses to consider what they think is fair and why. They should make a list of what they want and another list of what they think their spouse wants. During negotiations too often, a spouse focuses only on their needs...…

Collaborative Divorce

Posted on May 31, 2016

Collaborative divorce, is it right for your situation? That depends on many factors. A key factor is, the amount of money you want to spend on your divorce. A collaborative divorce is expensive. Plan on spending at least $25,000 if you take this route. It is often far more than this amount. If you...…

Divorce Stock Options

Posted on April 23, 2016

Divorce stock options is the topic for this blog. Stock options frequently vest over 3–5 years. This means that the options are vested one third in year one (each spouse would be vested one sixth), two thirds in year two (each spouse would be vested one third) and fully vested in year three (each...…

After Divorce Financial Security

Posted on March 4, 2016

After divorce financial security is a common concern. The best way to ensure your financial future is to roll up your shirt sleeves and become very familiar with the financial issues. This will be intimidating even if you handle the family finances. If you have not paid the bills, you may feel...…

Divorce and Lump Sum Alimony

Posted on January 27, 2016

Divorce and lump sum alimony is the discussion for this blog. A client walked into my Brentwood, TN office today and indicated she wanted lump sum alimony. In this scenario, the wife is requesting she receive her alimony payments all at once at the time of the divorce rather than each month for a...…

Divorce and Social Security Benefits

Posted on October 20, 2015

Divorce and social security are important topics that should be reviewed prior to accepting a settlement. Here are some basic facts… If you have been married at least 10 years and are unmarried, you are eligible to receive either your monthly Social Security benefit or up to half of your spouses...…

Divorce and Taxes

Posted on August 9, 2015

The words divorce and taxes and not typically used in the same sentence. By this I mean, those divorcing are not typically thinking about taxes. They are lucky to be able to get through a day and function… If you are divorcing consider this, the IRS will consider you divorced if you are divorced...…

Divorce and Money

Posted on June 23, 2015

Divorce and money are often discussed from an emotional point of view. If you are divorcing, you are likely scared you won't have enough after the divorce. If we think of the marital estate as a pie and we divide that pie in half, each spouse will have 50% of what they had when married. I realize...…

Divorce and Keeping the House

Posted on May 7, 2015

Divorce and keeping the house is topic I address in every case. This is a tough issue… There are often times many good reasons to keep the house; it allows the children to be in the same school zone, attend the same schools and helps them maintain some sense of "normal" during the emotionally...…