Articles

Divorce, Bankruptcy and the Automatic Stay— What You Need to Know

By AllynMarie Smedley Esq.
Nowadays it is becoming more and more common to have the issue of bankruptcy arise within the context of divorce litigation. What is important to know is that upon the filing of a bankruptcy petition by one or both of the parties in a divorce action, some portions of the divorce case come to a halt due to the entry of the automatic stay by the bankruptcy court. This article provides an overview of the automatic stay, its impact on the matrimonial proceeding, and the components of a comprehensive order lifting the automatic stay to ensure your case can proceed to its conclusion without further disruption, at minimal additional expense to your client.

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The Importance of Knowing Your Financial Picture

By AllynMarie Smedley Esq.

Do you know how much your mortgage payment is? Do you know what bank holds your mortgage? Are you aware of whether or not you and your spouse have life insurance and whether it has any cash value? Do you know who the beneficiaries are? Do you have any bank or retirement accounts? Do you know how much debt you have and how it was incurred?

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Reduce the Stress of Holiday Parenting

By Thomas J. Jenkins Esq.

Unbelievably, the holiday season is once again upon us. This is a time when one reflects upon family more than other times of the year; a time when we look to old and comfortable memories of our childhood. Unfortunately, when one is faced with a breakup of a marriage, or other relationship where children are involved, these times may be difficult and painful.

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Divorce – It Need Not Be The “War Of The Roses”

By Mary Cay Trace Esq.

In the past, if you wanted to file a “no fault” divorce, you had to wait eighteen months from the date you and your spouse separated into different homes before you could actually file for divorce. For many reasons, most did not want to wait to file for divorce once they had made the decision to file and, as a result, had to choose “grounds” for divorce which pointed the finger of a fault at the other person.

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