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Avoiding common mistakes in a high-asset divorce

A divorce is a complex process, and it can be even more complex when the divorce involves valuable assets and significant wealth. A high-asset divorce is difficult, even when the two parties are amicable, and there are many sensitive issues to consider when a lot of money and important assets are at stake.

Spousal support payments may be tax deductible

Couples who divorce face legal issues such as division of property, child custody, child support and spousal support. Spousal support, also called alimony, is often awarded to the spouse who earns less than the other. Its purpose is to provide financial assistance to a spouse who needs time to become self-supporting after the divorce. Alimony payments are taxable for the receiving spouse and tax deductible for the paying spouse, provided that certain requirements are met.

How do I request or adjust an adoption assistance agreement?

A previous blog post discussed additional forms of post-adoption support for North Dakota residents who adopt special needs children. In addition to the North Dakota state-funded adoption assistance program and the federal adoption assistance program (Title IV-E), families may also qualify for other benefits including Medicaid, public mental health services, residential treatment costs and nonrecurring fees such as court costs.

Helping you handle the challenges of military divorce

Every divorce involves challenges, such as division of property, child support and alimony. Couples involved in a military divorce face some additional issues regarding where to file for divorce and military personnel benefits and special requirements for military personnel regarding child custody.

ADR offers you more control and a more peace during divorce

Divorce is a stressful, complex time for both parties. In order to minimize the complications and stress of ending a marriage, North Dakota couples may look for ways to work through disputes quicker and more easily than typically possible with a traditional divorce. For some, it is beneficial to employ one or multiple methods of alternative dispute resolution.


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Commandments of Family Law

  1. The only truth your children need to know is that you both love them unconditionally, and that this isn't their fault.
  2. Take the high road — everyone wins when you do what's best for your kids.
  3. Negotiate but don't capitulate — if you are being pushed toward something detrimental for your children, stand your ground.
  4. You can only control yourself and how you respond. Don't engage.
  5. Do set up rules and responsibilities. Kids feel better when routine is continued.
  6. You are still their parent — don't be afraid to be one.
  7. Disneyland is in California, not in your home. Don't set up unreasonable expectations.
  8. It is not their job to take care of you. Repeat that to them. Often.
  9. Yelling is for sports — not court. Good lawyers strongly advocate without being disrespectful to opposing parties.
  10. Fair is a place you go to get cheese curds. Aside from that, nothing in life is fair.

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