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If you suspect your spouse of hiding assets, you might consider looking into their personal records to try to find those assets. But before you go snooping, just know that there are certain paths that you should not dare to tread. One such example: trying to pull your spouse’s credit report. The credit report can contain a treasure trove of information that can prove to you that your spouse has been
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We talked last week about the Panama Papers and how they show evidence of hidden assets in divorce. This week, we’d like to look at another target for hiding marital property – cryptocurrencies, of which bitcoin is the most popular. Bitcoin is a type of digital currency, created and held electronically. Bitcoin is decentralized, meaning no bank controls the value – the value is generated via computers solving mathematical problems. It’s
Unfortunately, it is common for divorcees to have to downscale their real estate holdings due to the sudden loss of a second income. This slippery slope could lead to foreclosure and bankruptcy, among other negatives. This is why it is necessary to be prepared before you file for divorce. Here are five tips to help you preserve your real estate portfolio. Many property owners are faced with negative equity on their

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It sounds ridiculous, the idea that a divorce, much like a cold virus, can spread from one person to another. But sometimes truth is stranger than fiction, and as it turns out, some studies show that a friend getting divorced can make you that much more likely to divorce as well – up to 75 percent more likely. Why? Relax – it doesn’t work like a virus. Usually, you will only
According to The Knot 2015 Real Weddings Study, the average price of a modern wedding is $32,000. Weddings have been getting more and more expensive, for a variety of reasons, part of it having to do with an increased desire for a unique wedding. “The larger the rock, the rockier the marriage,” as famously stated by we have no idea who. So keep that in mind if you are planning nuptials
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What are the Panama Papers? In short, early this month, a group of journalists dropped a bombshell of a document leak, hailed by whistleblower-in-hiding Edward Snowden as the “biggest leak in the history of data journalism.” The Panama Papers, as they’ve been designated, involve a Panama-based law firm called Mossack Fonseca that has allegedly helped many of the world’s super-wealthy hide assets behind shell corporations in order to shield them from

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Collaboration can be much cheaper than litigation in divorce, though there are no guarantees. Cooperation over competition – it’s easy to see why one is better than the other. But how much money can you save, on average, through a collaborative divorce? It can be significant, if you play your cards right. With a collaborative divorce, you can avoid the hours upon hours of unnecessary courtroom visits. You avoid much of

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The number one predictor of divorce is contempt, whether external or internal, for your spouse. However, one other huge predictor is money. Here are three indicators regarding money that might spell doom for what could be an otherwise happy marriage. How often you have disputes about money can lead to significant stress. No matter what your income level is, disputes about money are inevitable. Maybe one person is a saver, the
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Heads up when you get divorced: if you keep your name on joint accounts, whether by accident or intentionally, you will still be held liable for debts and charges that are made on those accounts. When you are filing for divorce and getting together all of your financial records, check to see if you are a joint user or an authorized user on your spouse’s cards. If you are an authorized

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We don’t have to tell you how mortgage loan servicers make life more difficult – that much you probably learned on your own – but you might not realize that in divorce, they can be a lot harder to work with. According to a report by the National Consumer Law Center (NCLC), thousands of homeowners across the United States find trouble saving their homes from foreclosure after inheriting the home or
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“But I don’t need a prenup. We love each other so much.” While that may be true, that’s not the point. “We’d always be friends, even if we got divorced. My spouse would never try to take my fortune.” You’d be surprised. If any of the following things are true about your upcoming marriage, you should definitely consider a prenuptial agreement to protect your property following divorce. You have a business
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Often, couples who have filed paperwork for divorce and live separately hold themselves out publicly as being legally separated. But technically, that is not what is called legal separation in Colorado. Legal separation refers to a wholly separate marital status resulting from a decree of legal separation, whereas divorce occurs with a decree of dissolution of marriage. In practice, legal separation and divorce are very similar. Both involve severing your legal
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No part of divorce is easy. From the initial realization to the final decree of separation, it is easy to get lost in the emotional toil of your life change. These negative feelings might not just affect your emotionally, but professionally as well, if you don’t take steps to handle them. Here are some tips to help you focus on your career while dealing with divorce. Realize that strong emotional reactions

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Gray divorce (divorce over the age of 50) can be much more difficult than a younger divorce, depending on your financial situation. It can be easier if the couple was reasonably financially prudent throughout their time together and can divorce in an amicable fashion. But if it is contentious and money matters are a problem, there can be profound problems that affect the spouses for the rest of their lives. And
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The lifestyle of active military can be chaotic, especially if a service member is going through a divorce. Some key things to note about military divorces: If the at-home spouse is serving the military spouse with divorce papers, the military spouse must respond with a formal answer. However, if there is a conflict of duty that prevents the active service member from responding, he or she can request a stay through
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Thanks to the landmark ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges last June, same-sex married couples now enjoy all of the federal protections and benefits offered by marriage throughout the nation. Many of these same-sex couples may find themselves confused when tax time comes – after all, many of them have never been married before, at least not for federal tax purposes. One of those benefits (or detriments, depending on how you feel
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When your partner in life is your partner in business, divorce tends to throw a wrench in your operations. And given that more than 80 percent of businesses in the United States are family owned, divorce’s effects on family businesses can be fairly substantial. The Biggest Mistake Divorcing Business Partners Make Unsurprisingly, the biggest mistake you can make when divorcing your business partner is doing it yourself. The forms necessary for
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Divorce comes along with a mountain of paperwork, which certainly does not help relieve any stress. But despite feeling like you might be buried in deeds, decrees and debts, it is very important not to miss any details. No matter how many assets you have, you are going to have to do a lot of revisiting old documents to ensure that your ex-spouse has no legal entitlement to any of your
When it comes to divorce, timing is everything – divorces are rarely stress-free and usually it is best to handle a divorce when you don’t have other matters on your plate. But as the old adage goes, the best laid plans of mice and men often go awry – when your divorce comes up during tax season, it’s going to be a little more complicated.It is incredibly important to be aware

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Running your own business is exceedingly rewarding, but stressful. But when divorce arrives, that stress can become much worse. Preparation is the key to maintaining your business and keeping yourself grounded while dealing with the stress of divorce. Here are four tips to keep your head in the game. Keep your finances organized. Consolidate your credit card statements, loan documents for your vehicle and your home, checking and savings account records

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