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- Denis Waitley

Family Law and Estate Planning Blog

How to Have A Good Divorced Relationship

For many couples, divorcing each other is just one more step in a contentious, unhappy relationship.  For others, divorce is a sad experience shared by two people who wish each other well, but who simply came to realization that they were not well-suited. If you and your soon-to-be or now-ex spouse are lucky enough to […]

Dating (Again) Tips for the Newly Divorced

It can be extremely daunting for the newly single to face the idea of dating again. Divorce can leave you feeling disillusioned and intimidated, and if you were married for a long time, you may feel ill-equipped to make small talk and do the whole “get to know each other” routine yet again. But there […]

Estate Issues To Consider During Divorce

According to Fairfax divorce attorney Lisa McDevitt, there are several changes an individual may wish to make to their estate plans when they divorce their spouse. “One of the things you should check is if you need to rewrite your power of attorney,” says McDevitt. “Your divorce may not invalidate your will, but may invalidate […]

Use Your Financial Smarts After Divorce

For women who are already wealthy, divorce only helped their financial portfolio. According to a survey by Spectem Group, 62 percent of women who reported a net worth of $1 million or more stated that they felt they were better off financially after they were divorced. That feedback is supported by a Pew Research Center […]

Domestic Violence Awareness Should Be Yea-Round Notes Fairfax Attorney

October was National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, but awareness should be year-round. And though most think of a “battered wife” or girlfriend when they think of domestic violence, both men and women, and both same-sex and opposite-sex relationships, can experience domestic violence. And while domestic violence awareness continues to grow in the U.S., the numbers […]

Updates Needed to Outdated Parenting Laws

In Michigan, there is a custody battle based on the mother’s marital status at the time of birth. The battle has launched major changes and a new law which may help the child’s father gain custody. According to Daniel Quinn, in 2006, he was dating a woman who told him she was divorced. She became […]

Your Donation Can Save Lives

There are currently more than 110,000 people in the U.S. waiting to get an organ transplant, including more than 1,500 pediatric patients, and there is a shortage of available organs for them. What can you do? You can note in your Advanced Health Care Directive whether or not you are willing to be an organ […]

Child Custody Arrangements Can Include Creative Scheduling

If you are newly divorced and have children, this summer may have been an eye-opener for you in terms of your child custody arrangements. Child custody is not limited to weekends and the occasional mid-week visit – the scheduling issues that come with sharing custody in the midst of business trips, unexpected illnesses, school vacations […]

Complexities and Oddities of Estate Tax Demonstrate Need for a Skilled Lawyer

If you have been following the vicissitudes of the estate tax field, it may come as no surprise that having a skilled, informed lawyer can be very beneficial. If you haven’t been following it, you may be shocked to find out how much complexity there is trying to get a handle on estate tax planning […]

Estate Planning for Same-Sex Couples

Legal recognition of same-sex marriage varies from state to state, and parental rights vary depending on the legal status of the relationship. Same-sex couples are advised to take the steps needed to preserve their assets, including last will and testament, durable power of attorney and advanced directives, with particular attention when there are children as […]