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Many divorces are started right after New Year’s

Many lawyers will tell you they get tons of inquiries about divorce after the holidays. For various reasons, the January “divorce month” phenomenon is a real thing. Actual divorce filings begin ticking up right after New Year’s, climbing through Valentine’s Day, and peaking in March.

Supreme court case could award life insurance to ex-spouse

The U.S. Supreme Court will take up the case of who collects on a deceased man’s life insurance policy – his children or his ex-wife. Under a 2002 Minnesota law, a divorce automatically nullifies any beneficiary rights of ex-spouses. But a federal appeals court ruled that such state laws (if applied retroactively) violate the Contract Clause of the U.S. Constitution.

Is the down payment really holding you back from buying a home?

(Part II in a series on buying a home) There is a prevalent belief that you need a down payment of 20 percent to purchase a home. This is not the case, even for a conventional mortgage loan. Depending on how much house you are buying and whether you qualify for certain programs, you may only need 10 percent, 5 percent … or no down payment at all.

Political pillow talk can doom marriages

You can make a marriage work when one spouse is a diehard Yankees fan and the other cheers for the Mets (or even the Red Sox).  It’s never “just sports” to a true fan, but most couples can keep it all in perspective.

Avoid scary surprises when it comes to Halloween and a co-parent

Halloween is often overlooked when it comes to divorce and shared parenting. It’s not considered one of the major holidays (at least not by the adults). But as the day approaches, that failure to account for Halloween can lead to drama and disputes for divorced parents.

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