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Spying on a spouse - just don't do it

A spouse may act mysteriously sometimes, perhaps indicating that a marriage is heading toward trouble. In recognizing this odd behavior, some may feel the need to check on the other spouse to see what they are doing. And in the information age, this is now easier to do than ever. With a few keystrokes, a spouse could conceivably open a laptop, go through emails or check browsing history.

Professor convicted of trying to hide marital assets

Couples who file for divorce are obligated to negotiate in good faith as they go through the process. Ideally, they look at a complete list of their marital assets and then divide them in a fair and equitable manner. Sometimes it does not work that way and they end up in court. Occasionally, one of them ends up court for trying to cheat the system.

Who gets the artwork?

Dividing assets during divorce can be complicated for those with large estates, businesses and complicated finances. Asset where there are sliding scales for value generally require outside experts to provide accurate valuation. This is especially true when a couple is trying value or divide an art collection.

The science behind bad relationships

Many people stay in unpleasant work environments, stick with losing battles or remain in bad relationships. There is actually a term for this: "the sunk cost effect". The rationale is that people invest so much energy money or time into something that we are hesitant to give up on it. This can even apply to closets full of clothes we do not wear or basements full of stuff we do not use.

Your commute could be ruining your marriage

Everyone complains about traffic when it gets bad, but it actually more than just an inconvenience. Dallas-Fort Worth-area metroplex made the top-10 worst commutes in the country. We made it in length of the commute (No. 5 with 54.95 minutes) as well as the stress level (No. 7) with Austin ranking third and Houston ranking sixth. This is according to a recent study commissioned by the staffing firm Robert Half, which collected data from more than 2,700 workers in 27 U.S. markets.

Scorched earth divorces come at a cost

Divorce comes at a price. There is the emotional toll of the couple whose marriage falls apart, which can leave feelings on a spectrum from anger, frustration, and sadness to relief and even JOY. There are also the legal and financial issues to consider as the once-romantic partnership is dissolved and the estate is divided. Ideally, the couple can see eye-to-eye or negotiate their way to a fair and equitable settlement, but sometimes that is not possible. If that is the case, it can end up costing couples even more money.

Estate planning issues involved in getting divorced

The to-do list for divorce includes an endless number of details. Some items are issues that must immediately be dealt with, such as family plans and support. However, financial experts say that there are other important issues that are easy to put off, but these are still important to the well-being of your estate and your family.

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