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September 2014 Archives

Domestic violence: the predominant health problem in the U.S.?

We all know that domestic violence is a recurring concern of some magnitude across the country. That sad reality has been made especially apparent recently by the explosive arrival of successive abuse-related stories involving professional athletes.

Prenuptial agreement: It doesn't have to be so emotive

25455553_S.jpgIt sometimes seems that when the subject of premarital agreements is broached with a group of people, an emotional response is quick and evident. Nervous giggles might mingle with derisory comments, with those in turn coupled by diffident endorsements or, sometimes, outright expressions of approval.

How to Get a Solo Mortgage After You Divorce

Thumbnail image for shutterstock_96106313.jpgThe negative effects of divorce on the family are well-documented. Depression is four times more prevalent in divorced people, while the children of divorced couples don't do as well in school and have higher drop-out rates than their peers with married parents, according to the National Institutes of Health. Here's one statistic that isn't quite so bleak: 46 percent of people surveyed in Credit.com's 2014 Marriage, Divorce & Credit Survey said their credit scores actually increased after divorce. It's the tedious process of separating finances and re-establishing an individual credit profile that makes getting your own mortgage more difficult after marriage. If you're trying to get a home loan after divorce, we'll help you make sense of the process.

Opinion: perhaps too much judicial power in family law matters

28491105_S.jpgIn a recent opinion piece written for The New York Times, psychology professor and author Robert E. Emery notes what he thinks is a hard-line and sometimes irrational dichotomy between how the American legal system treats married parents versus divorced parents, respectively, in matters relating to children.

Domestic violence allegations and defense: how a lawyer can help

21924135_S.jpgImagine this situation. Your Illinois or Missouri family life with your spouse or significant other has turned abusive. Perhaps that abuse is physical and marked by punching, kicking and other violent acts. Perhaps it is emotional, being primarily characterized by threats, demeaning language and other actions that materially lessen your self-esteem. Or maybe it is financial; some partners in a relationship insist on total control over all money matters, precluding their mates from even possessing cash in any amount.

Valuing a business: the role of an experienced attorney

16561251_S.jpgOne strong segment of our Illinois and Missouri law firm's divorce practice is the valuation of a professional business or practice, as well as focus on marital dissolutions where the division of property is a major financial concern to all parties involved.

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