A large part of my husband's income is cash and is never reported...

A large part of my husband's income is cash and is never reported. How do i ensure that I get what I deserve? Usually, when one spouse's income is mostly cash and unreported to the IRS, it is difficult to get what you deserve. However, in some cases the utilization of an expert witness such as a forensic accountant can assist us in determining an approximate amount of what your spouse really makes. However, there is no guarantee that you will get everything you deserve, as proving an exact amount of income is even difficult for a forensic accountant.

Are there different laws for same sex couples going through divorces?

The laws in Florida are generally the same for same sex couples as they are for opposite sex couples. For instance, one of the parties had to have been a continuous resident for six months preceding the filing of the petition for dissolution of marriage. However, when there are children involved, you should speak to an attorney because the laws treat that situation in a unique manner.

Can a dependent spouse be forced to work in Florida?

A dependent spouse cannot be forced to work in Florida. However, the court can impute income to that dependent spouse. That's where the court pretends that a spouse makes what they could make according to their education, training and experience, of course the job market in the area. When the court imputes income to that party, the court determines a support order based on if that party was actually working and making that money.

Can I change attorneys in the middle of my Florida divorce case?

Generally, you can change your attorney in the middle of your divorce case. However, you need to ask yourself why you're doing so. If you don't like the advice they're giving you, but it's sound advice, you should be prepared to hear what you need to hear not what you want to hear. However, if you're getting bad advice or you just don't relate to your attorney at all, you could certainly explore the services of another attorney and ask the court to change attorneys.

Can I go back to my maiden name after my divorce in Florida?

Yes, you can go back to your maiden name after your divorce in the state of Florida. However, the court will conduct an inquiry, and so long as your desire to return to your maiden name is not for an improper purpose, the court will permit you to return to your maiden name.

Can I represent myself in a family court in Florida?

Yes, you can represent yourself in family court in Florida. However, it's not always a good idea to do so. If you have a very simple divorce, for instance, a short-term marriage, no marital property, no marital debt, you can easily fill out the forms yourself and handle the divorce completely. However, if you have minor children or substantial marital property and marital debt, for instance, it would be a good idea to consult with an attorney to see if using the services of an attorney is more appropriate for your circumstances.

Can married same-sex couples get a divorce in Florida?

Yes, married same-sex couples can get a divorce in the state of Florida. Same-sex couples are afforded the same rights and protections as opposite-sex married couples in the state of Florida.

Can my ex-spouse make me pay for our child's college education?

Generally in Florida, a parent has no duty to pay for their child's college education. However, if a parent has agreed in a marital settlement agreement to pay for college education for their children, they are legally required to pay for that education, absent certain circumstances.

Do I have to share my pension after my Florida divorce?

If your pension was earned during the period of time you were married, the pension is subject to equitable distribution in the State of Florida and you do have to share it. However, if a portion was earned before the marriage or after the marriage, that portion would be considered non-marital and the court would not require you to share that portion.

How are assets split in a divorce?

Florida's an equitable distribution state when it comes to marital assets. That means if the two of you can't agree on how to divide your assets, the court will do so equitably which means roughly 50/50.

How are assets split in an LGBT divorce?

Florida is an equitable distribution state when it comes to marital assets. Therefore, assets will be divided the same way in a same-sex divorce as they are in an opposite-sex divorce.

How are child care expenses divided in Florida?

Childcare expenses are divided in Florida usually by agreement of the parties or if the parties are unable to agree, the court will divide them according to each party's proportionate share of income.

How can I be sure my ex is providing correct information for income when he owns his own....

How can I be sure my ex is providing correct information for income when he owns his own business? If your ex-spouse owns their own business, it can be difficult to be sure that they are providing correct information concerning their income. You can employ the services of a forensic accountant who would be better able to analyze your ex-spouse's financial situation and get a more accurate picture as to their income.

How do I ask my spouse for a divorce?

There are many different ways you can ask your spouse for a divorce. You should probably do so directly and gently, however, people have asked for divorces by text, by email, by phone, through a trusted friend or relative, by spiritual advisor, by therapist. It's important however you ask your spouse for a divorce you do so gently.

How do mediating spouses protect their legal rights in Florida?

Mediating spouses protect their rights in Florida by first and foremost doing their homework. Prior to attending mediation, you and your attorney should engage in what's called mandatory disclosure, which is an exchange of documents between you and your spouse, which detail your financial picture. Once you attend mediation, things are kept confidential that are said at mediation. The mediator is bound by the rules of confidentiality and cannot tell the court what goes on in mediation, unless there are allegations of things such as child abuse. Otherwise, what happens at mediation stays as mediation.

If I start dating someone before my divorce is final, can it be used against me?

Generally, if you start dating before your divorce is final, it should not be used against you. However, there are circumstances where the person you're dating may come into play when the court has to make a decision concerning certain issues involved in the divorce. For instance, if you're dating a violent felon, they should not be around your kids. If you bring them around your kids, the court can take that into consideration when setting parental responsibilities and time sharing

In my Florida divorce case, can we decide ourselves how to divide our property?

In your Florida divorce case, you can and should decide between yourselves how to divide up your property. If you cannot agree on how to divide up your property, the court will do so at trial, a great expense to you because you've paid to go to trial.

In my Florida divorce case, does the mediator meet with the spouses separately or together?

Mediation is a fluid process. The mediator will determine based on the dynamics of the room, meaning how do the parties interact, whether or not to meet with the parties together or alone. If the mediator meets with the party alone, of course your attorney will be with you, but that is called a caucus. Sometimes that can take a motion out of the discussions and help lead to an agreement.

In my Florida divorce case, how long does mediation last?

Mediation can last anywhere from 30 seconds to all night depending on the progress made at the mediation and the willingness of the parties to continue mediating in order to reach what may be a difficult agreement.

In my Florida divorce case, what are the alternatives to going to court?

Some of the alternatives are as follows. First and foremost, you can sit down with your spouse and see if you can reach an agreement on all the issues in advance, and the agreement can be submitted to the Court so the Court may enter an order ratifying that agreement. If you end up having to file a contested divorce, eventually the court will require the parties to attend a mediation, where they will attempt to resolve all the issues prior to going to trial.

In my Florida divorce case, what does the mediator do?

The mediator acts as a neutral third party facilitator. Basically what that means is the mediator does not make decisions but tries to assist both parties in reaching decisions themselves on all or part of the issues involved in your divorce case.

What if my attorney wants to quit in the middle of my Florida divorce case?

Well, the first thing you should do when your attorney wants to quit in the middle of your case is arrange to have a sit-down meeting with the lawyer and talk about the reasons for them wanting to withdraw. If you can resolve those reasons perhaps you can get the attorney to agree to remain on your case. If you can't reach an understanding, or maybe you don't even want your attorney to stay on your case, you should start consulting immediately with new attorneys.

In my Florida divorce case, what is a petition?

In a Florida divorce case, a petition is usually the initial pleading filed by one of the parties seeking relief from the court. Relief such as asking the court for the divorce, asking the court to address parenting issues, child support issues, equitable distribution of marital property and marital debt, alimony, attorney's fees, and any other issue you want to address by the court.

In my Florida divorce case, will I have to pay for my spouse's attorney?

The answer is it depends. The court will do an analysis of each party's financial situation and determine if the disparity of income, if it exists, warrants an award of attorney's fees. However, in situations where the parties make roughly the same amount of income it is unlikely a court will order you to pay your spouse's fees absent certain circumstance.

Is it illegal to get remarried before my divorce is final?

In Florida, it is not legal to get remarried before your divorce is finalized. This is referred to as bigamy and Florida law prohibits that practice.

My ex-spouse is neglecting her responsibility of carrying health insurance on our child....

Yes, there are things you can do when your ex-spouse is neglecting their obligation to provide health insurance for the children. The first thing you should do is have a conversation with your ex-spouse to see if you can't resolve this short of litigation. If you can't come to an agreement on how to get the insurance reinstated, you can file a motion for contempt or motion to enforce the obligation to carry insurance with the court and the court will determine whether your ex-spouse should be required to reinstate the insurance and whether or not the ex-spouse should be subject to anypenalties that the court may impose as a result for failing to abide by the court order to provide the medical insurance.

My spouse and I are in an agreement and just want an attorney to make our agreements legal...

Yes, you can hire an attorney to prepare an agreement, the terms of which you have reached with your spouse. However, a good attorney will talk to you about those terms and see if there's any terms that you need to discuss more fully in determining whether to sign that agreement.

My spouse just asked for a divorce. What do I do first in Florida?

First thing to do is breathe and then breathe again and then reach out to your support network: Your family, your friends, those who you trust to offer support in this difficult situation. Eventually, you'll need to contact an attorney to discuss your options as it applies to your facts and circumstances.

Should the court consider my financial circumstances in determining a temporary support award?

The court will take into consideration your financial circumstances when determining a temporary support award. The court will also take into consideration the financial circumstances of your spouse as well. The court must look at each parties' need and ability to pay in determining whether a temporary support order is proper under the circumstances.

What are emergency orders?

Emergency orders are entered by the court in situations where the court determines there is an actual legal emergency. A legal emergency might not be what you would consider an emergency, but it is what the court determines by law as a legal emergency. An example of a legal emergency is when minor children are placed in imminent danger. A person can file an emergency motion and a court can enter an emergency order based on that motion.

What are grounds for divorce in Florida?

Florida is what's known as a no-fault divorce state. What that means is that one of the parties believes the marriage to be irretrievably broken, which means that if the court were to order you to do anything ... counseling, talking with your spiritual advisers ... none of that would save your marriage. Again, only one of you needs to think the marriage is irretrievably broken for the divorce to happen in Florida.

What are the residency requirements to file a family court action in Florida?

The residency requirements to file a divorce case in Florida are that one of the parties must have been a continuous resident of Florida to the six months proceeding the filing of the initial petition for dissolution of marriage.

What happens after I file the petition?

Once a petition is filed and served on the other party that party has 20 days to file a responsive pleading, which is usually an answer and a counter petition for disillusion of marriage. The parties also have a time period in which to exchange what's called a mandatory disclosure, which are documents concerning your financial situation. After the exchange of disclosure, normally your case proceeds to mediation where you attempt to resolve some or all of your issues so you don't have to go to trial. If you are unable to resolve all of your issues at mediation, the case will proceed to trial at some point.

What happens if I do not sign the divorce papers?

If you don't sign the divorce papers because you just don't want the divorce to happen, well, that won't happen. Florida is a no fault divorce state so only one of you needs to think the marriage is irretrievably broken and the divorce will happen. However, if you're not signing the divorce because you don't agree to the terms proposed by your spouse, the judge will eventually make the decision concerning those issues if the two of you can't eventually reach agreement on those same issues.

What happens to joint debts when we divorce in Florida?

Florida is an equitable distribution state. What that means is if the parties cannot agree on how to divide that debt, the court will do so so that the parties end up with the same marital net worth, which means roughly you'll pay half the debt, and the other party will pay half the debt.

What happens to retirement funds and 401k plans in divorce?

If the funds in the retirement or the 401(k) plans were accumulated during the period of time you were married, they are subject to equitable distribution. If the two of you can't decide how they're divided up, the court will do so in an equitable fashion, which means roughly 50/50.

What if if a parent goes to college, is incarcerated, disabled, or changes careers to reduce...

What if if a parent goes to college, is incarcerated, disabled, or changes careers to reduce their income? Generally, if a party voluntarily decreases or eliminates their income, they are still obligated to pay the child support as ordered by the court. However, where a party goes to college and the court determines that's in the best interests of the children, because the parent will be earning more money for example, the court can reduce or eliminate the child support for a period of time while the parent attends college. As far as a disability, if a parent becomes disabled, they should file the appropriate pleadings with the court if they cannot get an agreement with their ex-spouse so that the court can determine if their child support should be modified or terminated.

What is a marital settlement agreement in a divorce in Florida?

A marital settlement agreement in a divorce in Florida is an agreement between the parties. The agreement can address all or some of the issues, but usually all, and it settles the case and submitted to the court for the court to enter an order approving the marital settlement agreement.

What is an uncontested divorce?

An uncontested divorce is where the parties reach an agreement on all the issues that must be addressed in their divorce prior to filing the divorce. It's a different set of paperwork than a contested divorce, it's a different process, and there's much less stress and expensive involved in an uncontested divorce. Parties are encouraged to explore fully the opportunity to have an uncontested divorce.

When a divorce action is pending, can one parent move the children out

Generally in Hillsborough County, when a divorce case is filed, a standing temporary order in family law cases is issued by the court, which prohibits the parties from moving out of the jurisdiction of the court during the pendency of the case, without agreement of the other party, or order of court. No, you should not move without consulting an attorney first to see if your facts and circumstances warrant you moving without a court order.

Why do I have to fill out a questionnaire before being interviewed by a prospective attorney?

Filling out a questionnaire provides the attorney with important information that they will need in conducting the consultation. It's also a method of record keeping for the attorneys so they know who they've met with, what their contact information is and hopefully the attorney is taking notes about what they've discussed during their meeting. Also, you should know that the attorney, whether you hire them or not is bound by attorney-client confidentiality which will protect any sensitive information that you may put in your questionnaire.

Why should divorcing couples consider mediation in Florida?

Divorcing couples should consider mediation in Florida because mediation works. Mediation does not guarantee success but it gives you a great opportunity to settle all of the issues involved in your divorce. Mediation will also be court ordered at some point during the divorce process. Mediation is also very cost effective. It's a lot cheaper to reach an agreement at mediation than it is to go all the way through a trial of your divorce case.

Will I have to go to court at any time during my divorce in Florida?

In a contested divorce case in Florida you should have to attend at least a few court hearings, such as the case management conference, any hearings on any motions that are before the court, and eventually you'll have to attend for trial if it goes that far. In an uncontested divorce you may or may not have to attend court. If you are the petitioner in the matter you will have to attend a short five minute hearing to prove up your case and have the court enter the final judgment of dissolution of marriage. If you are the respondent you may be able to avoid the hearing by executing the appropriate documents.

Will the court appoint an attorney to represent my children in the divorce? If so, who pays...

Generally in Florida, a court will not appoint an attorney to represent your children in the divorce. However in a divorce, a court may appoint a guardian ad litem that may be an attorney in order to advocate on behalf of the children and not advocate on behalf of the parents. If a guardian ad litem is appointed, the court will determine which party will pay and perhaps both parties pay. The court can determine how much each party will pay.

How do I choose a divorce attorney in Florida?

In choosing a divorce attorney in Florida, a client should do their homework. They should check on the qualifications and experience of the lawyer. They should set an appointment with that lawyer and meet with them in person to discuss the facts and circumstances of their case. They should ask the lawyer questions about the law as it applies to the facts and circumstances of their case. They should also trust their gut feeling when picking a lawyer.

A large part of my husband's income is cash and is never reported...

A large part of my husband's income is cash and is never reported. How do i ensure that I ...

Are there different laws for same sex couples going through divorces?

The laws in Florida are generally the same for same sex couples as they are for opposite ...

Can a dependent spouse be forced to work in Florida?

A dependent spouse cannot be forced to work in Florida. However, the court can impute ...

Can I change attorneys in the middle of my Florida divorce case?

Generally, you can change your attorney in the middle of your divorce case. However, you ...

Can I go back to my maiden name after my divorce in Florida?

Yes, you can go back to your maiden name after your divorce in the state of Florida. ...

Can I represent myself in a family court in Florida?

Yes, you can represent yourself in family court in Florida. However, it's not always a ...

Can married same-sex couples get a divorce in Florida?

Yes, married same-sex couples can get a divorce in the state of Florida. Same-sex couples ...

Can my ex-spouse make me pay for our child's college education?

Generally in Florida, a parent has no duty to pay for their child's college education. ...

Do I have to share my pension after my Florida divorce?

If your pension was earned during the period of time you were married, the pension is ...

How are assets split in a divorce?

Florida's an equitable distribution state when it comes to marital assets. That means if ...

How are assets split in an LGBT divorce?

Florida is an equitable distribution state when it comes to marital assets. Therefore, ...

How are child care expenses divided in Florida?

Childcare expenses are divided in Florida usually by agreement of the parties or if the ...

How can I be sure my ex is providing correct information for income when he owns his own....

How can I be sure my ex is providing correct information for income when he owns his own ...

How do I ask my spouse for a divorce?

There are many different ways you can ask your spouse for a divorce. You should probably ...

How do mediating spouses protect their legal rights in Florida?

Mediating spouses protect their rights in Florida by first and foremost doing their ...

If I start dating someone before my divorce is final, can it be used against me?

Generally, if you start dating before your divorce is final, it should not be used against ...

In my Florida divorce case, can we decide ourselves how to divide our property?

In your Florida divorce case, you can and should decide between yourselves how to divide ...

In my Florida divorce case, does the mediator meet with the spouses separately or together?

Mediation is a fluid process. The mediator will determine based on the dynamics of the ...

In my Florida divorce case, how long does mediation last?

Mediation can last anywhere from 30 seconds to all night depending on the progress made at ...

In my Florida divorce case, what are the alternatives to going to court?

Some of the alternatives are as follows. First and foremost, you can sit down with your ...

In my Florida divorce case, what does the mediator do?

The mediator acts as a neutral third party facilitator. Basically what that means is the ...

What if my attorney wants to quit in the middle of my Florida divorce case?

Well, the first thing you should do when your attorney wants to quit in the middle of your ...

In my Florida divorce case, what is a petition?

In a Florida divorce case, a petition is usually the initial pleading filed by one of the ...

In my Florida divorce case, will I have to pay for my spouse's attorney?

The answer is it depends. The court will do an analysis of each party's financial ...

Is it illegal to get remarried before my divorce is final?

In Florida, it is not legal to get remarried before your divorce is finalized. This is ...

My ex-spouse is neglecting her responsibility of carrying health insurance on our child....

Yes, there are things you can do when your ex-spouse is neglecting their obligation to ...

My spouse and I are in an agreement and just want an attorney to make our agreements legal...

Yes, you can hire an attorney to prepare an agreement, the terms of which you have reached ...

My spouse just asked for a divorce. What do I do first in Florida?

First thing to do is breathe and then breathe again and then reach out to your support ...

Should the court consider my financial circumstances in determining a temporary support award?

The court will take into consideration your financial circumstances when determining a ...

What are emergency orders?

Emergency orders are entered by the court in situations where the court determines there ...

What are grounds for divorce in Florida?

Florida is what's known as a no-fault divorce state. What that means is that one of the ...

What are the residency requirements to file a family court action in Florida?

The residency requirements to file a divorce case in Florida are that one of the parties ...

What happens after I file the petition?

Once a petition is filed and served on the other party that party has 20 days to file a ...

What happens if I do not sign the divorce papers?

If you don't sign the divorce papers because you just don't want the divorce to happen, ...

What happens to joint debts when we divorce in Florida?

Florida is an equitable distribution state. What that means is if the parties cannot agree ...

What happens to retirement funds and 401k plans in divorce?

If the funds in the retirement or the 401(k) plans were accumulated during the period of ...

What if if a parent goes to college, is incarcerated, disabled, or changes careers to reduce...

What if if a parent goes to college, is incarcerated, disabled, or changes careers to ...

What is a marital settlement agreement in a divorce in Florida?

A marital settlement agreement in a divorce in Florida is an agreement between the ...

What is an uncontested divorce?

An uncontested divorce is where the parties reach an agreement on all the issues that must ...

When a divorce action is pending, can one parent move the children out

Generally in Hillsborough County, when a divorce case is filed, a standing temporary order ...

Why do I have to fill out a questionnaire before being interviewed by a prospective attorney?

Filling out a questionnaire provides the attorney with important information that they ...

Why should divorcing couples consider mediation in Florida?

Divorcing couples should consider mediation in Florida because mediation works. Mediation ...

Will I have to go to court at any time during my divorce in Florida?

In a contested divorce case in Florida you should have to attend at least a few court ...

Will the court appoint an attorney to represent my children in the divorce? If so, who pays...

Generally in Florida, a court will not appoint an attorney to represent your children in ...

How do I choose a divorce attorney in Florida?

In choosing a divorce attorney in Florida, a client should do their homework. They should ...

Am I required to attend the injunction hearing?

Technically you're not required to attend the injunction hearing. However, if you're the ...

Are same-sex partners eligible for family abuse protective orders?

Family abuse protective orders, or domestic violence injunctions as they're known in ...

Can a woman be charged with domestic violence in Florida?

Yes. A man or a woman can be charged with domestic violence in the state of Florida if ...

Does domestic assault and battery apply to same sex couples?

Yes, domestic assault and battery does apply to same sex couples, as same sex couples are ...

What happens at the injunction hearing?

At the injunction hearing, the court will listen to witness testimony and look at other ...

Will domestic violence affect my custody case in Florida?

Yes, depending on the circumstances it may have great affect on your case in the state of ...

Are Florida courts more likely to award custody time sharing to mothers than to fathers?

In Florida, neither party has an advantage based on their gender. Each party comes into ...

Are Florida courts reluctant to grant sole custody time sharing to fathers?

Absent certain circumstances, Florida courts are reluctant to grant either parent sole ...

At what age can my children decide where they want to live?

There's a common misconception that children will be permitted at some point to decide ...

Can a Florida court order drug testing of the parents when determining custody time sharing?

In Florida, it's in the best interest of the children that their parents be drug free so a ...

Can custody time-sharing rights be modified in Florida?

Custody and timesharing rights can be modified in Florida upon agreement of the parties or ...

Can expert witnesses be used in custody time sharing battles?

Expert witnesses can be used in custody or time sharing battles in the state of Florida. ...

Can grandparents be awarded custody time sharing of their grandchildren in Florida?

Generally, grandparents do not have rights to custody of their grandchildren in Florida. ...

Can I have the court do a drug test on my ex spouse, and how relevant will the results be...

If you have a well-founded belief that your ex-spouse is using drugs, you can ask the ...

Can my spouse tell me that I cannot see my kids?

Generally if you're not a danger to your children and there's no court order prohibiting ...

How do I exercise my visitation rights in Florida if the non-custodial parent is denying....

If the non-custodial parent is denying you access to your child you can file a motion for ...

How will the Florida court determine where my children should reside after the divorce?

Absent an agreement between the parties, the Florida courts will determine time sharing ...

I share custody, time sharing with my ex wife, but she is an unfit parent. What should I do?

Generally in Florida, believe it or not, you have the right to be a bad parent, so long as ...

Is mediation the best approach to solving disagreements about child custody time sharing?

While mediation can be a very good approach to solving disagreements concerning custody ...

My ex spouse left the state without telling me; she has custody time sharing. I have...

My ex spouse left the state without telling me; she has custody time sharing. I have ...

Under a court order, my ex-spouse has the kids for four weeks during the summer. Can I deny...

Under a court order, my ex-spouse has the kids for four weeks during the summer. Can I ...

What are some common arrangements for child visitation in Florida?

In Florida, the courts will generally approve any timesharing arrangement worked out ...

What are the requirements to move to another state with my children?

Absent an agreement with the other party allowing you to move to another state, you should ...

What can I do if the other parent drinks and or drives under the influence while my children...

What can I do if the other parent drinks and or drives under the influence while my ...

What do I do to protect my children when I believe that the other parent is abusing drugs?

If you have a well-founded belief that the other parent is abusing illegal substances, you ...

What if both parents agree on child custody time sharing in Florida?

If both parents agree on custody and time-sharing in Florida, the courts will generally ...

What if the parents disagree on child custody time sharing and visitation?

If parents have disagreements concerning custody and timesharing, they should be ...

What qualifies as a material change of circumstances in a Florida custody time sharing case?

A person moving for modification of custody has to prove a substantial and material change ...

What should I do if I want to limit my child's visitation with grandparents?

Generally in Florida, grandparents do not have a right to visitation. From a practical ...

When parents are not divorced yet, can one parent move with the children out of Florida?

If there's a court order already in place prohibiting either parent from relocating with ...

Who determines how much visitation is reasonable and fair?

Usually the best people to determine how much visitation is reasonable and fair are the ...

Are homestead houses protected in bankruptcy?

Your homesteaded house is an exempt asset under the bankruptcy code. Therefore, it's ...

Are there debts that I cannot discharge through bankruptcy?

There are various debts that are non-dischargeable in bankruptcy. For example, most taxes ...

Can a bankruptcy filing help me get back my suspended license?

In certain circumstances a bankruptcy filing can help you get back a suspended license. ...

Can I discharge medical bills in bankruptcy?

The good news is medical bills are dischargeable in bankruptcy. Unfortunately, medical ...

Can I get bankruptcy relief from my student loans?

Generally student loans are non-dischargeable, which means absent a hardship your student ...

Can I get credit after bankruptcy?

Yes, you can get credit after filing bankruptcy. Bankruptcy actually helps repair your ...

Can I keep my car if I file for bankruptcy?

If you're making payments on your car and wish to continue to do so you'll be able to keep ...

Can I lose my IRA, 401k, or other retirement accounts in bankruptcy?

IRA, 401ks and other retirement accounts are exempt assets in bankruptcy. Therefore, you ...

Can I repay debts owed to relatives before filing for bankruptcy?

Generally, you should not repay debts to relatives before filing a bankruptcy. However, ...

Does a previous bankruptcy prevent me from filing for bankruptcy again?

A previous bankruptcy may not prevent you from filing a bankruptcy again. Usually if you ...

Does my spouse have to file bankruptcy with me?

Your spouse does not have to file bankruptcy with you. However, if the debts are joint ...

How does my divorce affect my bankruptcy?

Generally that would depend on whether you're in the process of getting a divorce or ...

How do I choose a bankruptcy attorney?

When choosing a bankruptcy attorney, you should first look at the attorney's ...

How do I determine if I should file for bankruptcy?

That's a difficult question, but usually I ask my clients, if you would stop using your ...

I am thinking of filing for bankruptcy. Should I file before or after I file for divorce?

In determining whether you should file for bankruptcy before or after you file your ...

I declared bankruptcy before. When can I file again?

Usually, when you file a Chapter 7 bankruptcy, eight years must pass before you can file ...

I do not have much money. Why should I hire a bankruptcy attorney instead of filing myself?

The main reason to hire an attorney when filing bankruptcy is convenience. A lawyer has ...

Is there any advantage to paying some of my creditors?

Depending on the circumstances, there may be an advantage to paying some of your ...

What do I have to disclose about my finances in a bankruptcy filing?

Short answer is you have to disclose everything about your finances in a bankruptcy. You ...

What if I cannot afford a bankruptcy attorney?

If you can't afford a bankruptcy attorney you're certainly free to file a bankruptcy on ...

What if I want to pay some of my creditors?

You can pay some of your creditors while filing a bankruptcy, but the question is: Why ...

What is a 341 hearing?

The 341 hearing is also referred to as the meeting of creditors. The meeting of creditors ...

What other assets are protected in bankruptcy?

There's a variety of assets that are protected in bankruptcy. These are referred to as ...

What should I wear to the 341 hearing?

You should wear comfortable clothes to your 341 hearing. It's important not to look like ...