Posts tagged Asheville
Financial Shock of Divorce After 50

Research finds that splitting up after age 50 can be far more damaging to emotional and financial health than divorcing at younger ages. Distribution of assets and allocation of support in a divorce settlement can have a major impact on your long-term future.

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Money-Related Conflicts and Divorce

Money-related issues frequently cited as reasons for divorce, including mismatched financial priorities, credit card debt, impulse purchases, financial infidelity, and loss of financial control, are often factors in how final divorce settlements are negotiated or determined in court.

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Divorce and Social Security Benefits

Bray Creech, a local financial planner with Joel Adams and Associates, recently wrote an article I enjoyed in the Asheville Citizen Times about divorce and Social Security benefits, specifically the potential advantages of receiving benefits based on an ex-spouse’s earnings record.

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Why is Marital Standard of Living Important?

Judges evaluate marital standard of living to determine whether the alimony or child support a party is seeking is reasonable and necessary.  The expenses incurred by a dependent spouse seeking support should correlate with expenses incurred during the marriage for similar purposes. 

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Equitable Distribution in 4 Easy Steps

One of my goals for 2019 is to sharpen my focus on complex equitable distribution cases.  The identification, classification, valuation and distribution of assets in equitable distribution is a sequential process that I enjoy and understand. 

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Choosing the right lawyer for your divorce

Going through a divorce that involves claims for child custody, child support, spousal support, and/or division of marital property and debts involves making difficult decisions that can impact your life for years to come.

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Ana Prendergast honored for pro bono work

Ana Prendergast was honored at this month’s bar luncheon for her pro bono work for clients of Pisgah Legal Services.  Ana is one of the local nominees for the North Carolina Bar Association’s annual statewide Pro Bono Awards, along with other Asheville attorneys Evan DeWandler, John Noor and Kevin Radey.

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Historic landmark to be new home for SFLG
Buncombe struggles with income mobility

In a recently published Harvard study on economic mobility in the United States, counties across the U.S. are ranked from best to worst.  Buncombe County comes in at the bottom, ranking 2,386 out of 2,478.  Boys and girls growing up in low-income households in Buncombe County will earn on average 13.1% less at age 26 than their low-income peers nationwide.

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SFLG running for Consider Haiti

On March 15th, Siemens Family Law Group is taking a little field trip to the Biltmore Marathon/Half Marathon. Dorothy and Ana will be running, and the rest of our team will be there volunteering. We will all be there in support of Consider Haiti, a cause Jim has supported for years and traveled to Haiti with in 2013.

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Siemens family law group continues to contribute in 2013