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When Couples Legally Separate Before They Divorce

By Patrick L. Looper |

Lots of unhappily married people will tell you that they are married in name only.  They get so little financial help and so little emotional companionship from their spouses that it is just like being alone.  Meanwhile, their spouses are still connected to them in ways that make it impossible to feel a true… Read More »

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Is Stay-at-Home Parenting Worth More Than a Model A Ford?

By Patrick L. Looper |

Is a car as old as your grandparents a valuable antique, or is it just an old piece of junk?  The value of an item of property is sometimes up for debate; if anyone doubts this, consider that the television show The Price Is Right has been producing new episodes for decades.  Disputes over… Read More »

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Sole Proprietorships and Division of Property

By Patrick L. Looper |

A sole proprietorship is the smallest possible kind of business.  It has only one owner and, in many cases, it has no employees other than the owner.  Therefore, sole proprietorship is the business entity designation for the professional activities of self-employed people.  In divorce cases, courts take business ownership, including ownership of a share… Read More »

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It Pays to Hire Lawyers Separately, Even If You File for Divorce Together

By Patrick L. Looper |

No matter how eager you are to start a new life separately from your ex-spouse, no one wants an ugly legal battle.  Therefore, many couples will take every opportunity to divorce in a way that does not involve facing off against each other in a courtroom.  Filing a marital dissolution agreement (MDA) is a… Read More »

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In Determining Custody, Parent-Child Attachment Counts for More Than Financial Stability

By Patrick L. Looper |

Do you think you can persuade the court to give you custody of your children because your ex works two minimum wage jobs, having her relatives babysit when her workdays extend past the daycare center’s closing time, meanwhile you own your own business and set your own hours?  Think again.  The court will not… Read More »

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How Should You and Your Ex-Spouse Divide Your Assets When Your Adult Children Still Depend on You Financially?

By Patrick L. Looper |

Your children don’t stop needing you the minute they reach the age of legal maturity.  Economic realities make it so that an increasing number of young adults live with their parents, and even the ones who live away from home still rely on some financial help from their parents.  The good news is that… Read More »

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Courts Base Child Custody Decisions on What Parents Do, Not on What They Promise

By Patrick L. Looper |

One of the most painful parts co-parenting is when your children come back from your ex’s house and spout the outsized, probably empty promises they heard.  Dad says he’s getting us a puppy next weekend.  Dad says we’re going to Disney World for Christmas.  Dad says he will buy me a car when I… Read More »

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You Need the Court’s Permission to Move Out of State If You Have Minor Children

By Patrick L. Looper |

It can be a relief to hold a divorce decree in your hands, especially after years of unsuccessful attempts to resolve your differences with your spouse, followed by a long and expensive court battle.  You might feel that you are finally free from the miserable life you shared with your ex-spouse, but if you… Read More »

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How Does the Death of a Spouse During Divorce Proceedings Affect the Division of Property?

By Patrick L. Looper |

At some point during the divorce process, a soon-to-be-divorced spouse often remarks to his or her friends that the “till death do us part” clause in the marriage vows no longer apply.  You might remark that divorce would be less of a shock if you had grown up hearing marriage vows that went “till… Read More »

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Luke v. Luke: A Child Visitation Case in Which a Disabled Parent Depended on a Child for Care

By Patrick L. Looper |

Courts must base their decisions about child custody and visitation on the best interests of the child without placing undue hardship on either of the parents.  When both parents are healthy and live within commuting distance of each other, agreeing on and adhering to a visitation schedule is fairly simple.  Parents simply specify as… Read More »

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