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What Should You Consider When Naming a Trustee?

Creating a trust may be both a sound financial decision and an effective way to provide for your loved ones and plan for your estate. Creating a trust, and naming a trustee, is a big decision; whomever you name will be responsible for managing your trust and distributing assets held within the trust...

Should Young Married Couples Have an Estate Plan?

It is natural for young couples to want to put off thinking about estate planning. Not only can estate planning feel like something that is ‘far away’, but it can also be emotionally uncomfortable to think about. Still, while the urge to put it off is understandable, estate planning is extremely important for young married couples. You are never too young to put an effective estate plan in place.

Parental abduction: What you need to know

Your ex-husband picked up your daughter on Friday. Your custody agreement states that he gets her every other weekend. Usually, he brings her back on Sunday evening, but he called last night and said he would like to keep her one more night and he would take her to school on Monday. The request was not typical, but after you spoke with your daughter, you agreed to the extra night.

3 points fathers should know about parental alienation

You know that you and your kids had a good relationship before the divorce. Now that they are with their mother most of the time, they have been acting strangely with you. They might seem like they are upset with you or you might find out that they said they don't want to spend time with you. There is a chance that parental alienation might be the cause of the behavioral changes. If you think this is the case, you should learn about the legal options available to make that stop so you can work on cultivating a good relationship with your children again.

5 tips for battling through a high-conflict custody case

Think there was a lot of conflict before you and your spouse decided to split up? According to the American Bar Association, 10 percent of divorce cases dissolve into high-conflict child custody battles. These can lead to accusations of parental alienation and parents ignoring direct court orders.

When Child Custody Disputes Go Too Far

Child custody cases can become extremely contentious. They can quickly escalate into situations involving parental alienation. This is when one parent attempts to pit the child against the other parent. In the most extreme cases, one parent may go so far as to kidnap their own child, which can have serious consequences and can present major challenges for the other parent.

What Baby Boomers Need To Know About Divorce

Divorce, in general, is not a new concept. Divorce on a grand scale among people over the age of 50, however, is. The phenomenon is called "gray divorce," and it is on the rise. Sociologists from Bowling Green State University say the reason this is happening is two-fold. People are living longer than ever now, and they simply grow apart. Furthermore, women are more capable of surviving financially on their own now, which could account for the more than half of all divorces being initiated by women.

How To Terminate Your Alimony Payments

Is it time for your alimony payments to your ex to come to an end? In Texas, it is possible to terminate payment of spousal maintenance, more commonly known as alimony. However, it can only be done under certain conditions and there is a process that needs to be followed.

Is Professional Business Valuation Necessary?

Businesses are not like bank accounts. You cannot simply look at a statement to determine their value. They can be quite challenging to value, which adds an extra layer of complexity to a divorce when one or both spouses own one. If you are going through a divorce and you or your spouse owns a business, you may be concerned about the necessity for a professional business valuation. Here are some things to consider: