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“For Better Or Worse” Includes Accepting the Baggage of Your Spouse’s Obligations to a Prior Family

Suppose you married someone who owes child support from a prior marriage. The support checks to the prior family go out each month, drawn on an account containing funds earned during your marriage.  Then the second relationship sours.  Can you recover an equitable share of marital funds used by your spouse to pay a pre-existing [..]

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Dividing Stock Options In A Divorce – Part II

In Part I of this topic, I discussed the characterization of stock options as marital or separate property.  After determining the marital and separate property component of each stock option, the next step is to value and divide the option. The following Part II of this topic addresses the valuation and distribution of stock options [..]

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Dividing Stock Options In A Divorce – Part 1

An employee stock option gives an employee the right to buy a specified number of shares of stock in the employer-corporation at a specified price (strike price) at a specified future time.  The goal is to give the employee an incentive for the stock price to go up, making the stock option more valuable.  Companies [..]

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Joint Custody Preserved Despite Parents’ Objections; Relocation Denied

A father’s attempt to relocate with his son and terminate joint child custody with the mother in Oklahoma fails on appeal. The Setup The Father and Mother in Caber v. Dahle originally crafted a joint child custody plan with Father having primary physical custody.  He also had ultimate decision-making authority in the event the parties [..]

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Collect Child Support and Alimony from Disability Payments

If your child’s other parent receives Social Security Disability Income (SSDI), your child should receive an auxiliary benefit from Social Security. The auxiliary benefit may not cover monthly child support due you. The disabled parent may owe past due child support. Your former spouse may owe you alimony. You can collect these obligations by income [..]

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Gay Marriage Laws Across the U.S. – Where Do We Stand?

By David A. Tracy Washington this week becomes the 7th state to authorize marriages between persons of the same gender.  The law does not take effect right away.  Opponents of the law have until June 6th to gather enough petition signatures to force a statewide vote on the law in November.  Assuming the petition drive [..]

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Your Most Intimate Partner May Soon Be Google

by David A. Tracy If you are using a web-based service for free, you are not a customer.  You are the product. Web sites that provide a service gather information about you.  They use that information to get advertisers who buy the ads you see on your computer screen.  The more information you provide, the [..]

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