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Paying for College: 3 Things Divorcing Parents Should Do

By Eileen Coen, J.D.

Your child has met the college application deadline and the acceptances are rolling in… but for divorcing parents there’s another worry: How are college expenses to be paid and by whom? States do not impose an obligation on parents to pay for their children’s college expenses and these costs are not normally included in… Read More »

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Dating Before the Decree: Why it Pays to Wait

By Eileen Coen, J.D.

In a previous post, I offered tips for dating while separated. That article provides guidance to couples who agree that dating while separated is okay. But what rules apply when only one spouse thinks it’s okay to date before the divorce is final? Let’s consider the case of John and Mary. Recently separated, John had… Read More »

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The “Quick & Dirty” on Dating While Separated

By Eileen Coen, J.D.

If you and your spouse are separated and you’re feeling anxious to meet someone new… this Valentine’s Day might have you wondering whether, and when, it’s okay to date. Having a conversation about dating is difficult but important to do before either spouse ventures out on dates. Back by popular demand, I’m re-posting a… Read More »

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Coming Soon: Divorce Corp the Movie

By Eileen Coen, J.D.

Family Law Professionals Beware:  A new documentary set to debut on January 10, 2014 purports to expose appalling excesses and injustices rampant in the U.S. family law system. The documentary, Divorce Corp, portrays the American divorce litigation system as a multi-billion dollar industry that takes advantage of vulnerable people and leaves a world of… Read More »

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The Best Gift for Kids in Divorce: Access to Both Parents

By Eileen Coen, J.D.

Several studies have shown that children point to “loss of a parent” as the most harmful consequence of their mother and father divorcing. Most often the “lost parent” is Dad. Traditionally, mothers have tended to be gatekeepers, and when trust in a marriage is lost, fathers often see the gates close to them. Sometimes… Read More »

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An Expert’s Advice on Insuring Child Support & Alimony

By Eileen Coen, J.D.

People typically know that the cash value of a Whole Life insurance policy can be a marital asset and subject to division on divorce. But term life insurance and disability insurance are often overlooked in divorce negotiations since they accrue no cash value.  That’s a big mistake, especially when there is child support or… Read More »

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Want to Avoid a Long Divorce?

By Eileen Coen, J.D.

The 17-year long divorce proceedings of two law professors in Ohio have been highly publicized in the news recently. While their protracted case made headlines, most of us have heard a story or two about a horrible divorce that went on for years – and years. Here are some of the issues a couple,… Read More »

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Five Tips for Dating During Separation

By Eileen Coen, J.D.

So you and your spouse are separated. You’re living in your own place. Your spouse is living somewhere else. You’re waiting out the requisite year of separation to file for divorce, but you’re feeling antsy to move on with your life, to meet someone else, to date. … It’s not unusual at this juncture… Read More »

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An International Parenting Plan for Hannah

By Eileen Coen, J.D.

Eliza is an American, who works for an international aid agency. She is about to embark on a two-year assignment in Jordan. Peter is German. He is an economist with plans to return to his home country to teach at a university. Together, they are trying to work out custody for their six- year-old… Read More »

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International Divorce and Parenting Across Borders

By Eileen Coen, J.D.

Today, we live in a global society where international marriages and divorces are increasingly prevalent. While the international marriage may no longer work, the international family is forever. This article will address the parenting and relocation issues unique to international couples going through divorce. It is not unusual for one or both parents to… Read More »

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