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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...…

Divorce and Alimony

Posted on March 1, 2015

Divorce and alimony are two topics that are highly emotional. Attorneys tell me the two most important factors considered when determining alimony are what the wife needs and the husband is able to pay. The wife must prove her need by explaining her expenses and ability to earn income. The...…

Divorce and Taxes

Posted on February 2, 2015

Divorce and taxes should go hand-in-hand like peanut butter and jelly. Well, not exactly like that but, tax issues should be addressed during divorce negotiations. If they are not, you could end up with a surprise tax bill in April 2016. For example, if you think your divorce will be final in 2015...…

Divorce First Steps?

Posted on January 5, 2015

Divorce first steps? If you are divorcing, your emotions may have best of you. Feeling scared and wanting to be protected are common "knee jerk reactions". As a result of the emotions, the first thing most divorcing spouses do is hire a divorce attorney. However, if a client does not address their...…

Fair Divorce Settlements in Nashville

Posted on November 30, 2014

Do you have a fair divorce settlement? You may think so but, I see 3 common mistakes in settlements. The first mistake is you don't know what to ask for because you don't really know what you need. The mistake here is not understanding your monthly living expenses. A thorough list of monthly...…

Divorce Mediation Preparation

Posted on September 22, 2014

Divorce mediation preparation done right will make a significant impact on your settlement. For example, a divorce client in my Nashville, TN office recently asked me to help her prepare for her mediation. After reviewing her case, I saw several common financial mistakes. First, her house had not...…