What if my spouse dies before our divorce is final?

It’s a difficult situation, to be sure, but it is a fact of life that your soon-to-be ex-spouse may conclude your divorce proceedings earlier than expected if they pass away while the divorce is pending.  It is not common, but what do you do if this happens to you? First of all, you have to … Read more

What constitutes cohabitation?

I recently was asked about whether a spouse must continue to pay alimony to his ex-wife now that she has apparently moved in with a co-worker of hers.  Here is the full question: Divorced 3 years, paying alimony, ex was renting a duplex for about 2 years, purchased a 4 bedroom 3 bath house to … Read more

Your Spouse wants the house – What if you are the only one on the Mortgage?

A common dilemma for many divorcing couples is how to handle the house.  In most cases, this is the largest asset that must be divided, and the mortgage is often the largest debt to be divided.  With the recent housing bubble, many couples have seen their house plummet in value, leading to decreased equity and … Read more

Taxes and Divorce

As tax day has now come and gone, it probably would have been better for me to have written on this topic several weeks ago, but as I was hard at work on my own taxes, I didn’t get a chance to!  So, perhaps you will come across this post in 2011, before you file … Read more

How to proceed if your spouse won’t agree to a divorce

There are very few defenses to a claim for absolute divorce – so if you have been separated for at least one year and have properly served your spouse with the complaint for divorce, you are pretty much guaranteed that you will get a divorce – even if your spouse doesn’t want it.  Often times, … Read more