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Minimize Unnecessary Expenses During Divorce

Posted on June 17, 2012

Regardless of how much divorcing spouses may dislike each other, they often equally dislike spending money on a divorce battle and draining their hard earned savings and retirement funds on unnecessary legal fees. Consistently, I strive to avoid letting uncertainty whip my Nashville, TN clients...…

Why Does TN Child Support End at 18?

Posted on April 29, 2012

If you are divorcing in TN and have children, remember that TN divorce laws state that child support payments will end when a child turns 18, or graduates from high school. If you are receiving child support, just because your child is at college does not mean that expenses for that child are $0...…

Mediation Preparation

Posted on March 31, 2012

This week, a Tennessee client was explaining her proposed divorce settlement me. She was quite nervous about her Nashville mediation in a few days. She had not yet met with her divorce attorney to prepare. I encouraged her to get her financial paperwork organized. I also encouraged her to really...…

Remember the Taxes in a Divorce

Posted on February 2, 2012

Nashville Divorce Client Did Not Understand Federal Tax Consequences A client in my Nashville, TN office told me that he wanted to keep the investments / stocks and his wife could keep an equal amount of cash. He was a very successful business owner and informed me that this is what he wanted to do...…

Beware of the Pitfalls of Pensions During Divorce

Posted on September 23, 2011

Pension Details During Divorce–Tennessee Important Facts A client came to my Nashville office yesterday and said "I want to request a portion of my husband's pension in the divorce settlement. His first wife got a portion of his retirement funds and I deserve some too." I asked her if the pension...…

TN Divorce Laws and the Internet

Posted on July 30, 2011

Learning Tennessee Divorce Laws Via the Internet A Nashville client asked me yesterday about some divorce laws and legal issues of divorce in TN. He had scoured the internet regarding the divorce laws in TN and had gathered quite a bit of information. He had also calculated his Tennessee child...…

Buying a House During a Divorce - Renting vs Purchasing Your Next Home

Posted on June 30, 2011

Purchasing a Home During Divorce Process I do not encourage my clients to buy a house, condo or townhouse etc. during the divorce or within the first year of the divorce. The reason for this is simple. Research has shown that divorce is the second most emotionally traumatic event you will...…

Child Custody in TN

Posted on June 1, 2011

Child Custody and Divorce–State of Tennessee During divorce, the most heated debates include money and children. The money issues are not surprising. Research has shown that the majority of marital arguments are related to financial issues. But child custody issues during divorce can also be very...…

Nashville Client Has ‘Aha Moment’ About Social Security Benefits and Her Pending Divorce Settlement in Tennessee

Posted on May 19, 2011

During a recent meeting with a new client she told me that her divorce had been dragging on for 2 ½ years and she wanted it over in 45 days. I understood her frustration and emotional exhaustion because in addition to being a financial counselor, I too am a divorcee. I asked her how long she had...…

5 Tax Traps to Avoid During a Divorce

Posted on May 4, 2011

I was speaking with a new client yesterday and discussing the importance of understanding the tax consequences of her divorce settlement. Like most of my clients, she had not paid the family bills or addressed paying their taxes. She was totally unaware of how ignoring tax issues could cost her...…