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Keeping artwork in a high-asset divorce

For many divorcées, retaining your home décor may be one of the last things on your mind as you battle your way through a divorce settlement. In high-asset situations, however, a divorce agreement may include valuable décor such as works of art.

If you are getting a divorce, agreeing to a child custody arrangement, establishing alimony and dividing your investment accounts may just be the tip of the iceberg. A thorough examination of your marital assets, including your home(s), retirement accounts, personal property (such as artwork and jewelry), investments and business valuations can be draining, though necessary. 

Should you add a forensic accountant to your legal team?

As half of a high net worth New Hampshire couple, you may suspect that your spouse is attempting to hide assets from you so as to put himself or herself at an advantage when it comes time to craft the property settlement agreement during your upcoming divorce. Obviously whatever marital assets (s)he successfully hides cannot become part of the fair and equitable division of property required by New Hampshire law.

Given the extraordinary number of ways in which asset-hiding spouses can use today's advanced technologies to secrete portions of the marital property to which their spouses also have rights, finding and tracing these assets can become a highly complex task and one for which few people have the requisite skills. Your best strategy therefore may be to consider adding a forensic accountant to your legal team.

Will I Have to Pay Alimony?

In divorce, courts may order one spouse to provide monetary support for the other to cushion the initial blow of financial separation, which in many cases puts one spouse at a significant disadvantage.

How courts determine alimony 

When evaluating whether or not to award alimony to your spouse, a judge will primarily consider your earning potential, financial obligations, overall health, fault in the divorce, and contributions to the family and home. If you make significantly more money than your spouse and you have been married for at least a few years, there is a chance you may have to pay alimony for a period of time.

How to File a Restraining Order in New Hampshire

Restraining orders, or protective orders, are ordered by courts upon the request of a person who feels legitimately threatened by the actions of another person. Orders of protection are typically used to protect the victims of domestic violence or stalking, requiring the person named in the order to avoid contact and remain a specific distance away from the individual seeking the order.

How to Protect Your Personal Property in Divorce

Ending a marriage is an emotional experience for parties to endure, no matter how necessary it is, especially if it lasted for a particularly long time. However, it can also exact some damage to your finances, both in the present time and in the future, if you do not take the proper measures to protect yourself. For some, this might be a first-time experience and you might not know exactly what steps you should take to safeguard your personal property and assets.

The Risks of Online Divorce Services

There is no denying that, in some circumstances, divorce might be an expensive proposition. This can sometimes be true for cases that end up going through litigation, which can take time and require more resources than other methods, such as mediation, which is generally faster and cheaper. In an effort to keep costs down, some might feel compelled to turn the internet for a quick, inexpensive, and easy way to end their marriage. After all, we already use the internet to address many of important needs and responsibilities. Unfortunately, going down this path when it comes to your divorce is risky and will likely result in greater expenses that might be necessary to correct the mistakes of this hasty, cookie-cutter approach.

Why Unwed Parents Must Establish Paternity

Many people only view paternity tests as necessary when seeking to prove that an intimate partner is not your child's biological parent. Paternity testing carries a connotation of infidelity, which is perhaps why many unmarried, cohabitating parents do not feel compelled to legally establish paternity (or bring it up with their partner). However, while neither partner may have doubts as to their child's biological parentage, the law does not provide any assumption of paternity for unwed fathers.

The Role of an Attorney in Mediation

Divorce is often a difficult time for parties to endure, regardless of how mutual or amicable in the decision to divorce. Luckily, many are able to reach a resolution regarding certain key elements, such as property division and child custody, through far less contentious and inherently adversarial methods than litigation. The mediation process allows spouses to dissolve their marriage in a much more cost-effective manner that takes less time and generally provides more favorable terms for both parties. Additionally, if children are involved, this approach also allows parties the opportunity to effectively co-parent their children as they move forward.

How to Modify a Family Court Order

When it comes to family court orders, nothing is ever set in stone, though a modification will require effort and some valid reasons before a court decides to grant such a request. That said, life is not static and there are many reasons why a parent would want to have a family court order modified. If the other parent is in agreement with the request, this will be easier to achieve, but if you and your ex are not on the same page, you will have to file a court action, asking a judge to change the order.

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