Do I need a Consent Judgment?

One of the questions I get most often is whether or not my client needs a consent judgment.  To answer that question, it probably is best to explain what a consent judgment is.  A consent judgment is nothing more than a court order that is agreed to by both parties to a lawsuit.  In order … Read more

What do you do if your spouse threatens to empty your bank accounts?

Whenever a couple is thinking about separating, the issue of how to divide the money is always contentious.  It is especially bad if one person wants the divorce/separation, but the other does not.  In some situations, one spouse threatens to empty the bank accounts or cut off support to the other spouse if they leave. … Read more

Family Law Meetings – Day 1 in Charleston

It’s a packed house here in Charleston. Right now Michelle Reingold is doing a great job with the case law updates. UPDATE: Today was a great first day in Charleston.  I had blogged previously that I wasn’t sure about the presentation topics, but I felt that the speakers today were thorough, prepared, and overall, did … 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

My Ex left the state – Now What?

I recently wrote about what happens when your spouse leaves with the kids.  This post is more geared towards situations where your ex leaves in violation of an existing custody order.  What do you do then?  I’m sorry to say that this is a situation that happens way too often, normally, but not always, where … Read more