Where to Keep Your Will?

You’ve finally taken the time to get your Last Will and Testament done, ensuring some security for your family in the future.  Now, what do you do with your will?  You have several options for keeping your will safe: Check with your local probate court to see if they have a secure location for you to keep your will – …

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The Importance of Having a Will

picture of Last Will and Testament envelope

No one wants to think about their own mortality, but for the sake of those you love, every person should have a Last Will and Testament to give clear and concise directions regarding the care of children and the distribution of your property.  Without a will, there are laws that automatically apply to determine what happens to all of your …

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Preparing for Divorce – Financial Accounts

financial statements to gather in preparation for resolving financial issues in a divorce

Just as there is a wide variety of families involved in the divorce process, those families have varying degrees of financial wealth or debt. Even if you’re committed to not fighting over money or believed that you and your spouse have resolved all financial issues, it is still important to make a complete list of all financial accounts and liabilities …

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Preparing for Divorce – Child Custody Issues

Appointment book to track child's activities for child custody during divorce

Although many couples agree regarding custody of their children when they divorce, there are just as many couples that argue about who should have primary custody of the children and what visitation is appropriate. Even if you believe your spouse will agree with you regarding custody, it is wise to make a few preparations in case things do not proceed …

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Preparing for Divorce

File Folders used to organize files in preparation for divorce

Very rarely does a divorce evolve overnight. In most cases, one or both spouses contemplate divorce for months or years before actually making an appointment to retain an attorney. In this five-part series, we are going to review some of the major steps to prepare for filing for divorce. Before delving into the specific steps to consider, there are a …

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What Happens to Child Support When Your Child Graduates?

Most child support orders expire when a child turns eighteen and graduates from high school.  So, what happens when you reach that day?  First, make sure you have a clear understanding of your child support order.  Then, determine if child support should stop or be reduced.  If child support is being paid directly between the parties, and support is scheduled …

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Can’t We Just Agree? (The Dangers of Modifying a Custody Agreement Without Going to Court)

Hands of parents fighting over their son each pulling him their way.

Many parents work well together after a divorce, and sometimes they make changes regarding custody and child support without going to court, because they are getting along so well.  Minor changes in a visitation schedule are fine, as long as both parties agree.  However, major changes like a child going to live with the other parent, or reducing or stopping …

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When and How to Enforce Child Support Orders

paper family with broken money heart and Child Support text

Raising children is expensive.  According to an article on CNN Money, recent estimates put the expense at approximately $245,000 (and that doesn’t include college!).  Considering the nearly insurmountable costs of raising a child, why should any parent do it alone?  If you are a single parent not receiving court-ordered child support, here are some things to consider: 1) You can …

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Happy Mother’s Day

Mothers Day

The Law Office of Jeanne O’Halleran wishes a very happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers out there!  Mothers are so special to all of us, including natural mothers, adoptive mothers, step mothers, and mothers in law.  Thank you for all the sacrifices you made for us.

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Should you carry life insurance after your divorce?

Photo showing life insurance policy

Many couples carry life insurance on each other, especially once they have children.  The purpose of life insurance is to replace income and provide for the survivors if one of the spouses passes away.  The same concerns exists after a divorce. Most people understand the need for the parent paying child support to have arrangements to replace the child support …

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