Court Says Hmong Couple Had Putative Marriage, for Purposes of Divorce

“[O]ur decision in this case should not be read to indicate that all marriages performed according to Hmong cultural traditions, or the traditions of other cultures, are per se valid in Wisconsin,” Judge Stark wrote. “Rather, each purported marriage must be analyzed on its own facts to determine whether it qualifies as a putative marriage…”  The full article can be found here: http://www.wisbar.org/NewsPublications/Pages/General-Article.aspx?ArticleID=25945  

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Divorce and Retirement Accounts

“If you're getting a divorce, you probably don't spend a lot of time thinking about how it will impact your retirement -- but it's a valid concern.”  The full article on the impact of divorce on retirement accounts and planning can be found here:  http://host.madison.com/business/investment/markets-and-stocks/can-divorce-destroy-your-retirement/article_b622eef2-edd6-58cb-90fa-5ea11c9e682d.html

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Co-Parenting After Divorce

“Dad and I still sometimes disagree.  We’re different people. You know better than anyone, because you live with both of us.  Our styles are different. We like to do different things. We discipline you differently.  Dad interacts with Stephanie differently than I interact with Gabe. But we agree on the most important thing:  you. We agree to co-parent because it is what’s best for you.” For the full article, please click here:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/do-you-love-your-kid-more-than-you-hate-your-ex_us_58fe01fde4b0f02c3870ec7f

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Social Security Benefits Upon Divorce

“Your benefit as a divorced spouse is equal to one-half of your ex-spouse's full retirement amount (or disability benefit) if you start receiving benefits at your full retirement age. The benefits do not include any delayed retirement credits your ex-spouse may receive.”   A full summary can be found here: https://www.ssa.gov/planners/retire/divspouse.html

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Divorce and Credit Cards

“Credit card companies are not bound by divorce decrees, so they can pursue either spouse if credit card debt is not paid by the spouse who agreed to do so in a separation agreement.  The contractually bound spouse may fail to pay for many reasons, including bankruptcy. When such failure occurs, credit card companies may legally pursue the other spouse for the debt (plus interest and penalties).” The full article can be found here:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/divorce-and-credit-card-debt_us_58e28f26e4b09deecf0e18bc

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“6 Ways to Maintain Your Sanity While Parenting with a Narcissist” by Brittany Wong

How should you navigate a divorce or paternity process if you suspect your spouse is a narcissist? This article provides excellent tips for co-parenting with a narcissist. The articles tips are manageable and there is lots of good advice for smoothly navigating post-divorce or post-paternity conflicts. Please see the full Huffington Post article at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/6-things-to-know-if-youre-parenting-with-a-narcissist_us_55bbc28de4b0d4f33a02c401

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