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September 2016 Archives

Splitting a 401(k)? Here's what you need to know

Divorces are difficult for everyone involved, and there are always assets that have to be divided or discussed. When you get a divorce, one of the things you might have to manage and divide is your 401(k). To divide a 401(k), you will need to have a court order. A judge will have to sign off on this with a Qualified Domestic Relations Order, which will give each spouse part of the money from the account. The person who owns the account won't have to pay penalties or taxes as long as this order is in place before the funds are withdrawn.

Taking care of yourself during the divorce

Divorce is difficult for everyone involved. Deciding how time is shared with the children and how personal and/or business assets are divided can certainly add a high level of stress to the pressures of daily life. However, you can face a marital dissolution with dignity by making a smoother transition that is healthiest for everyone. Taking care of yourself in the process is just one way to accomplish that.

Florida mayor, husband end brief marriage

Amid reports of an affair and ethics problems, Mayor Marni Retzer of Cape Coral, Florida, and her husband filed for divorce after less than three months of marriage. Retzger married a lieutenant with the Cape Coral Fire Department on June 28, just five weeks after she filed a restraining order against him. She had accused him of harassing her and threatening her via text and phone messages.

Why use a forensic accountant?

If you're ready to file for a divorce, you already likely know that you need to present evidence of all your assets and the assets your spouse owns to the court and your attorney. When you have a full list of your assets, you're better able to negotiate and divide your assets.

What are your options if you can't afford marriage counseling?

Many couples who are going through a rough time can benefit from marriage counseling. However, the cost of professional marriage counseling can be prohibitive -- running into the hundreds of dollars per session. If money is one of the things you're already battling about (which it is for many couples) the idea of spending that much money may only increase marital conflict.

Advice for divorced parents in raising emotionally secure kids

Mediation isn't just for working out issues of divorce like division of property and other assets. It's often used by divorced and separated parents to work out issues regarding their children -- often beyond support, custody and visitation.

How can you protect a child's college savings account in divorce?

With divorce, it's not just your retirement you'll need to worry about. If you have college savings accounts for your child or children, you'll need to account for them and determine what happens to the money. If only one of you was saving money to the account, this could be a particular point of contention. It might also be a concern if you think the other parent wants to take the money for him or herself despite what it's intended to be used for.

Unique problems revealed during same-sex divorce

Although you had been planning your marriage ceremony for years, it may have seemed that the event would never take place simply because your marriage vows would be shared with a person of the same sex. With the recognition of same-sex marriage on a federal level; however, that special event finally had a date on the calendar.

3 financial tips not to forget when you're filing for divorce

If you've decided it's time to get a divorce, then there are a few things you will want to make sure you don't do. Making the wrong decisions now can impact your financial future, so consider these factors before you agree to any settlement.

Miami power couple divorcing after almost 3 decades

It looks like mediation may be a possibility for settling the divorce of a couple well-known in Miami for their philanthropy and their presence on the social scene. Bob Dickinson, the former chief executive officer of Carnival Cruise Line, and his wife Jody are divorcing after 28 years of marriage.

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