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How to Protect Yourself in a High Net Worth Divorce

Philanthropist power couple Bill and Melinda Gates stunned the world by announcing their plans to divorce after 27 years of marriage. According to news reports, the Gates don’t have a prenuptial agreement and instead have a “separation agreement” that will likely lead to one of the largest divorce settlements in history. Bill
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How Social Media Can Derail a Divorce

As social media continues to have a greater influence on our lives it can also contribute to problems in our romantic relationships. More time spent online means fewer opportunities for face-to-face interactions with a partner. According to a study published in the Journal of Cyberpsychology, Behavior and Social Networking, social media has
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Who Gets the House in a California Divorce?

A common point of dissension during a divorce case in California is, “Who gets the house?” Your home is where you have made memories, grown as a family and put down your roots. You might have put a lot of money, time and work into your home. It is natural to want
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The Basics of Prenuptial Agreements

The fascination with celebrity breakups is never-ending, and the divorce between reality star Kim Kardashian West and music mogul Kanye West is no exception. This high-profile divorce has many speculating about the split, including the financial aspect, after both celebrities reached billionaire status this year. According to Forbes, Kim and Kanye have
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How Restraining Orders Impact Divorce

The divorce process is often contentious and emotional and will likely involve at least one type of restraining order. There are different kinds of restraining orders that are issued by the family courts and it’s important to understand how they work and how it impacts you and your family. Automatic Temporary Restraining
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Spousal Support in the Era of COVID-19

Long gone are the days when the goal of divorce settlements was to keep a non-working spouse “in the lifestyle to which they have become accustomed.” Now, judges and mediators work to keep both parties as close to the marital standard of living as possible. But what impact will a full year of
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How Divorce Will Impact Your 2020 Taxes

Tax-filing season is upon us, and for some this may come with the anticipation of awaiting tax refunds, but for a couple amid a divorce, tax season may require additional thought and planning. New tax law changes have had a profound impact on how separated and divorced couples face their taxes in
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Estate Planning Pitfalls to Avoid after Divorce

Deciding to end your marriage can be difficult and the process that follows is stressful and emotionally exhausting. Although it may be easy to overlook, it is important to review your estate plan as soon as possible to ensure that you are protected against unintended consequences following your divorce. Estate planning can
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