DIVORCE PROCESS AND PROCEDURES
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DIVORCE PROCESS AND PROCEDURES

Most people are unfamiliar with the divorce process and the procedures that the law requires. All cases are different but, here is a short summary of the divorce process and procedures in the majority of cases filed in Montana. File a verified, signed petition for dissolution with parenting plan if there are minor children. Have…

VALUING A BUSINESS IN A DIVORCE
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VALUING A BUSINESS IN A DIVORCE

Valuing a business is a complicated endeavor. This is true regardless of whether the business has a single owner, or is a large company with thousands of employees. If a business is a significant part of the marital estate, we recommend having the business valued by a professional appraiser. We have worked with many appraisers…

Post-Obergefell Separation
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Post-Obergefell Separation

Before the United States Supreme Court decided the case Obergefell v. Hodges and determined that same sex couples had the fundamental right to marry, same sex couples could not obtain a marriage license in the state of Montana. Although the Montana law prohibiting same sex marriage is still on the books, pursuant to Obergefell, such…

Estate Planning Part I
201705.24
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Estate Planning Part I

What does estate planning involve? Estate planning involves an analysis of your estate, planning your present financial goals, and determining your wishes for distribution of your estate after your death.  Your estate consists of all of your assets (real and personal property, retirement accounts, pensions, business interests, etc.) and liabilities (mortgages, loans, notes, etc.).  The…

Child Support
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Child Support

Montana Law requires that all parenting plans address child support, and that child support be calculated pursuant to the Montana Child Support Guidelines.  The Guidelines are “based on the principle that it is the first priority of parents to meet the needs of the child according to the financial ability of the parents.  In a…

Montana Divorce Litigation
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Montana Divorce Litigation

Litigation is something that most people don’t want to experience. In the U.S., divorce is a legal process that requires, to some extent, the parties to engage in litigation. While most divorce cases will settle during the litigation process and without a trial, getting a good resolution, whether through negotiation or by trial, is easiest…

Child “Custody” and “Parenting Plans” in Montana
201701.23
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Child “Custody” and “Parenting Plans” in Montana

In 1998, Montana changed its laws which govern parenting between separated or divorced parents.  As part of those changes, the State did away with the term “custody” from our laws, and instead requires parents, and the Courts, to address three subject matters within a “parenting plan.” All three subject matters must be addressed in a…

Article: Mom who takes care of peoples babies
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Article: Mom who takes care of peoples babies

I’m trying desperately to be respectful of the person speaking to me, but my husband keeps texting me. First he sends me a selfie of him with Rafi*, then it’s an account of who stopped him on his way into the NICU. Then he suggests I take a selfie with Jillian* so he can post…

Talking to Teens About Divorce
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Talking to Teens About Divorce

Raising a teenager can be a complicated experience for any parent. Teens crave independence but are still very reliant on their parents. While they want to break away from their childhood identity and routine, they still crave the stability of home. When stability in the home is shaken up by an impending divorce, a teen’s…

Five Reasons to Work With A Parenting Coordinator
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Five Reasons to Work With A Parenting Coordinator

Co-parenting isn’t always a very easy thing to do. A big part of doing so involves making joint decisions about all sorts of things concerning your children, whether it be what they eat for dinner tonight to which school they attend. When making these kinds of decisions results in conflict and you can’t even get…