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3 Financial Tips to Keep in Mind for Your Upcoming Divorce

Posted by on May 13, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Financial Tips to Keep in Mind for Your Upcoming Divorce

It’s no secret that divorce can be expensive. In most circumstances, you’ll want to hire the services of a divorce attorney, and you can expect that you’ll likely have to share some of your assets with your soon-to-be-former spouse. If there are children involved, things can become even more complicated due to child support payments. If you want to get through your divorce with your financial future intact, keep these things in mind. 1. Every Dollar You Spend Fighting Your Spouse Is a Dollar You Can’t Give to Your Kids Divorces is painful, and it can be easy to want to lash out and try and hurt the person you are divorcing. But keep in mind that the longer you struggle in court or at the bargaining table, the higher the legal and other fees are going to go. In other words, time is often money during divorce proceedings. If you can learn to swallow your pride and make a compromise or two, you’ll be able to get out of court faster and you can leave your children’s college fund intact. 2. It’s Vital to Make a Post-Divorce Budget While most people break down the financials of what they expect the divorce to cost, one other thing you don’t want to forget is that your expenses following the divorce could be very different from what you are used to. For example, if you now have joint custody of your kids, you might need to spend some money on toys and other things for your new home or apartment so that your kids can visit you in the same comfort they are used to. If you are paying alimony for the long term, you’ll need to work this into your budget, as well. 3. It Isn’t Wise to Trust Your Impulses When It Comes to Money for the First Few Months Divorce is an emotional time, and you may be tempted to make the pain go away by treating yourself to something nice. But in general, it’s a good idea to stick with the status quo for the first few months after a divorce. Don’t go and buy that $50,000 car your spouse never wanted you to have. Don’t freak out and change jobs or move far away. Give yourself time to adjust to your new normal so you can see things clearly when it is time to make a major financial decision. Divorces can be expensive, but they don’t have to be unmanageable. Come up with a realistic budget for the divorce and for your life afterwards. Be willing to swallow your pride and compromise with your ex so that you don’t end up with significant legal or other fees by dragging things out in court. Find a divorce attorney with a lot of experience helping clients through times like these; he or she will have some additional tips that can help. Check it out online, as...

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What To Do When You Have Been Charged With Drug Possession

Posted by on February 9, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on What To Do When You Have Been Charged With Drug Possession

When you are stopped while walking around town or driving and an officer of the law charges you or accuses you of drug possession, you may wonder if there is anything you can do to handle the situation and avoid serious legal consequences. Before you begin to panic, get to know some of the steps that you can take to protect yourself. If They Haven’t Searched Your Home Or Vehicle Already, Do Not Consent Without A Warrant Police officers may stop you on the street, in your car, or even at your home for a myriad of reasons and then ask to search your home. They may use different language such as “have a look around” or the like, but the intent is the same, to find any kind of evidence to fit their suspicions about the situation (namely that you may have illegal drugs or paraphernalia in your possession). If the police officer is intent upon searching your property, they may try to coerce you into consenting to a search. Without an official search warrant or a pressing reason to search your vehicle (e.g., because you have committed another, related crime that would require a search), they need you to give verbal consent. However, you do not have to consent unless they have the warrant. If You Have Already Been Searched, Contact A Criminal Defense Attorney Immediately If you already consented to a search and the police did charge you with drug possession, then you have an entirely different situation to deal with. As soon as your property has been searched, you should consider contacting a criminal defense attorney, like those at Bayley & Mangan Law Office. If your attorney can start the process right away, they may be able to have your charges overturned based on the process by which the police convinced you to consent to the search. In the case that the police had a search warrant, a criminal defense attorney may even be able to get the search warrant overturned and therefore your charges dropped. There are many angles from which to approach your drug possession charges, but some of them require swift legal action. Now that you know a few of the steps to take when you are facing an accusation of drug possession or even an actual legal charge of drug possession, you can take the necessary steps to protect yourself and handle the situation as well as you can.  ...

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