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Common Financial Mistakes to Avoid During Your Divorce

By Kelly Shaffer | August 5, 2020

During your marriage, you and your ex more than likely have funds and budgets together. These are sound marital practices, but divorce puts you in a position that requires an in-depth review of the income, expenses, and assets that you and your ex brought to the marriage and forces you to make essential decisions with …

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Divorcing During the COVID-19 Pandemic

By Kelly Shaffer | July 28, 2020

At Shaffer Family Law, we know you are struggling to cope with everything surrounding COVID-19. Whether you’re an essential worker who has been risking your life every day that you go to work or got laid off because your company had to shut down, we are all out here trying to keep our sanity. We …

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Can an Attorney Help with Child Support Cases?

By Kelly Shaffer | July 21, 2020

When couples with children divorce, it typically means that the father is granted some visitation rights or custody, though they must pay the mother child support. This payment approach can be reversed in certain situations. A family court judge can help make a decision based on the wellbeing of the children but will also consider …

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What to do When Your Child Doesn’t Want to See Their Parent

By Kelly Shaffer | July 9, 2020

You have primary custody of your child, and your co-parent legally has visitation rights detailed in your custody and visitation agreement. However, there may be a time when your child is supposed to their parents’ home, but they refuse to or throw a tantrum. This may cause your co-parent to believe that you caused your …

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Domestic Violence in Divorce Cases

By Kelly Shaffer | June 10, 2020

Domestic violence is a problem that can influence every part of your life. If you are a victim, it is common to feel isolated from your friends and family. And when we feel alone and scared, it’s even harder to leave an abuser and start a new life. The situation becomes even harder if you …

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Divorcing at an Older Age

By Kelly Shaffer | June 10, 2020

While the divorce rate has declined in the population, there has actually been an increased rate for people over the age of fifty to get divorced. The phenomenon is being referred to as a ‘gray divorce’ and surprisingly enough, a divorce after age 50 is different from getting divorced in your 30s or 40s. While …

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4 Types of Child Custody Arrangements

By Kelly Shaffer | June 10, 2020

Child custody is the term legal used to define the relationship between a child and their parents or legal guardians. It’s mainly used within the context of divorce and separation to describe how both parents should care for and visit with their children. There are a few custody arrangements, so it is helpful for parents …

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Text Messages Increasingly Used as Divorce Evidence

By Kelly Shaffer | June 10, 2020

In family courts across the country, text messages and other forms of electronic communications have been used as evidence in divorce proceedings. In today’s technologically advanced world, texting has become the go-to method of communication. While we think that our personal text and phone messages are confidential, the truth is, once you send a text …

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Divorce Advice for Stay at Home Moms

By Kelly Shaffer | April 27, 2020

During divorce, can you think of anyone one more at a disadvantage than stay-at-home moms. Since many of these women have been away from the workforce for a while, they are less likely going to be able to finance their newly single status, especially with children. This disadvantage is evident as soon as the divorce …

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Domestic Violence in Divorce Cases

By Kelly Shaffer | April 20, 2020

Domestic violence is a problem that can influence every part of your life. If you are a victim, it is common to feel isolated from your friends and family. And when we feel alone and afraid, it becomes very difficult to leave an abuser and start a new life without them. The situation becomes even …

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Alimony and Child Support During COVID-19 Crisis

By Kelly Shaffer | April 17, 2020

What do you do if the COVID-19 scare has shut down your employer and has caused a layoff, or has suddenly left you without income to pay child support or alimony? Or what can you do if you’re the recipient of alimony or child support? You’re probably left needing to figure out how to pay …

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Differences Between Uncontested and Contested Divorces

By Kelly Shaffer | April 14, 2020

Divorce is never an easy thing. It’s an emotional, draining, scary, frustrating and challenging event in anyone’s life. If you’re thinking about getting a divorce or are beginning the process of undergoing one, the more information you have, the more comfortable you’ll be during this difficult time in your life. Knowing your options will allow …

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The Difficulty of a Divorce Case Without an Attorney

By Kelly Shaffer | April 13, 2020

You might be tempted to try and go through a divorce without seeking representation from a divorce lawyer. But before you actually do it know it’s a long and challenging road given the complexity of divorce cases. The biggest reason why people want to go through a divorce without a lawyer representing them is the …

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More Tips to Prepare Yourself for Divorce

By Kelly Shaffer | April 10, 2020

Take Responsibility for Your Actions Divorces, especially highly emotional ones, can feel very overwhelming. It can be overwhelming to the point where you are tempted to withdraw from the hard work of unpicking your life with your spouse. Don’t become a bystander in your own divorce. This is the best way to come away with …

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Tips to Prepare Yourself for Divorce

By Kelly Shaffer | April 9, 2020

Be 1000% Sure of your Decision Breaking up a marriage can be traumatic for not only you and your spouse, but also your children. So, before putting things in motion, you need to be sure that you can honestly say that you did everything you could to make the marriage work. You don’t want to …

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The Difficulty of a Divorce Case Without an Attorney

By Kelly Shaffer | April 8, 2020

A divorce can affect more than just your personal life — it can change your professional life too. While most people focus primarily on the emotional stresses and personal issues that come with divorce, there are other sensible concerns that need your attention. Another thing to think about too is that it is common for …

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Here’s How Divorce Can Influence Your Job

By Kelly Shaffer | April 7, 2020

A divorce can affect more than just your personal life — it can change your professional life too. While most people focus primarily on the emotional stresses and personal issues that come with divorce, there are other sensible concerns that need your attention. Another thing to think about too is that it is common for …

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Little-Known Benefits of Divorce

By Kelly Shaffer | April 6, 2020

Our Chandler Divorce Lawyers are here to give you the advice you need to get the results you desire. Ultimately, divorce is terrible. From the cost of hiring a lawyer to lose an additional income, divorce can come at a high price. In addition, it is common for people to walk away from the proceedings …

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Managing Stress During This Stressful Time

By Kelly Shaffer | April 3, 2020

As the events surrounding the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak unfold before our eyes, it’s understandable to be feeling increased levels of stress. It doesn’t help that information on the virus is rapidly changing and can be very overwhelming – even scary. If you have noticed increased levels of fear and anxiety, there are a few things …

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What Will My Spouse Get from A 401K Retirement Plan During A Divorce?

By Kelly Shaffer | April 3, 2020

There are a few circumstances where you won’t get penalized for touching your 401K retirement plan early and divorce is one of them. A 401K retirement plan is considered an asset and, in a divorce, you’ll have to figure out what spouse gets what asset (or if they are evenly split down the middle). Splitting …

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