Divorce Settlement Tip #10: Divorce Settlement Tips for Successful Divorces

As we mentioned back during Divorce Settlement Tip #1, family law isn’t the easiest practice in the world. You’ve often got sniping parties and clients who often take things personally. Very personally. Over the past few weeks, we’ve posted 10 divorce settlement tips to help you serve your clients better—and reach quicker…

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Divorce Settlement Tip #9: Perform a Lifestyle Analysis on High Net Worth Clients

In Divorce Settlement Tip #2, we discussed how you always have to work backward from each party’s needs. As we mentioned then, “need” is synonymous with “budget”—and the best, quickest, most painless way to a settlement was to look at the budget for each party, not just your client. Nowhere is this…

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Divorce Settlement Tip # 8: Alimony Recapture Calculations

As a family law attorney, you know that alimony recapture is the big bad wolf of the divorce world—particularly for the payor. It comes into effect when alimony payments end, or decrease substantially, during the first three calendar years of alimony payments—triggering a transfer of some portion of the previous two…

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Divorce Settlement Tip #7: Making Sure “Equitable” Means “Equitable”

She wants the jewelry and the house. He wants the summer home and the cars. But she wants the SUV…and he can have the BMW. But about the vintage stamp collection… This is the sort of back-and-forth negotiating that can drive a divorce attorney mad. It’s not that you don’t…

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Divorce Settlement Tip # 6: Future Value of Pensions

Pensions are an enormously complicated subject. You need an actuary to fully explain and calculate how they work. Well, we’re not actually actuaries. But we do know that in most divorce cases, pensions built up over the course of 5, 10, 15 or more years are valuable assets. You want…

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Divorce Settlement Tip #5: Lump Sum Settlement

Lumping It Together There isn’t a piece of software available to soothe or resolve the raw emotion and drama of most divorces. Even years after the divorce is final, divorce judgments can be reopened after a change in life circumstances—and spousal support arrangements can be drastically changed, and even eliminated.…

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Divorce Settlement Tip #4: Alimony V. Child Support

Our first divorce settlement tip recommended that when calculating spousal support, you start with available cash, or disposable (after-tax) income. Tip #2 recommended working backward from need—and staying as close as possible to each party’s marital lifestyle. Tip #3 was about putting dollar value settlements in the context of your client’s…

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Divorce Settlement Tip #3: The Bottom Line

Our first divorce settlement tip recommended that when calculating spousal support, you start with available cash, or disposable (after-tax) income. Our second tip recommended working backward from need—and staying as close as possible to each party’s marital lifestyle. Our third tip? Don’t evaluate a dollar value settlement on its face. Wait…

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Divorce Settlement Tip #2: Work backwards from need

As mentioned, we’re not in the business of advising you how to practice divorce law—or any other type of law. We are in the business of giving you ways to make your practice easier, more efficient, and stress-free. Our first divorce settlement tip recommended that when calculating spousal support, you start with…

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Divorce Settlement – Tip #1: Start With Available Cash

As a legal software company, we’re not in the business of advising lawyers how to practice divorce law—or any other type of law. We are in the business of giving you ways to make your practice easier, more efficient, and stress-free. Your parties’ faces and facts are unique every time. But…

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