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Considerations for Dividing Personal Property in Divorce

Divorce pushes most spouses to their limits, and can produce extreme behavior as each person tries to cope with all the changes. The division of property is one area that is particularly prone to disagreement, and whether it involves big-ticket items like the family home or small things, such as the tablecloth from Grandma, spouses...

Can Bankruptcy Prevent a Pending Eviction?

When money becomes tight, it typically becomes necessary to choose which bills to pay first, and for many, the priorities become food and transportation. These choices may mean that money for rent may just not be available, and while most landlords will give tenants some leeway when payments are late simply due to the time...

How Courts Decide What Counts as Separate Property

One of the big questions of divorce is how to pay for the costs of ending the marriage, and more importantly, how does one weather the financial implications of losing both assets and income? The largest factor for many couples in this equation is property division, as this issue will determine what cushion, if any,...

Splitting Up Your Divorce Case for a Faster Resolution

The emotional and financial toll of divorce can urge many spouses to seek a quick dissolution of the marriage so they can move on to the next phase of life. If a divorce is uncontested or the couple is able to form an agreement, the road to a finalized divorce is relatively smooth and quick....

Why Divorce Mediation is Worthwhile

A person cannot reasonably gloss over how difficult divorce is, and how it tests the fortitude and perseverance of both spouses to start new lives as single adults. The litigation process associated with divorce often makes this separation even harder because it forces each spouse to take an adversarial approach to presenting his or her...

Bankruptcy and Surviving the Medical Costs of Major Illness

Facing a major medical issue, such as cancer, a debilitating accident, or any health issue that requires long-term care, can be financially devastating, even with insurance. The treatment and hospital stay bills can quickly reach the hundreds of thousands of dollars, and while insurance will pay for a portion of these expenses, the patient is...

What are Grounds for Divorce in Indiana?

The reasons leading a couple to divorce can vary widely, but only a few legal grounds exist that a court will recognize as sufficient reasons to dissolve the marriage. While divorce is one of the more routine legal actions filed in this country, and may appear to be a perfunctory step to moving on, an...

The Intersection of Child Support and Parenting Time

Divorced or separated parents who share custody of their children face a path of compromise and cooperation to effectively divide and allocate parental responsibilities. This is no easy task, and each parent will find moments of frustration along the way. If, however, a concerted effort is made to keep relations civil, supportive, and child-focused, shared...

Is Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Right for You?

Lines of credit available to Americans offer a financial freedom that most people in other parts of the world will never experience. However, with this benefit comes the obligation to repay the money loaned according to the terms of the contract between the lender and recipient. When the amount of outstanding unpaid debt overwhelms a...

Determining Jurisdiction in Child Custody Cases

For most divorced parents, living in different cities or states is not common because each has firm roots in proximity to one another. This means that, by and large, any child custody matters are handled by the local court, as the child and both parents have all relevant connections nearby. However, people are more likely...