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Settlement reached in high asset divorce

When most couples in New Hampshire make the decision to marry, they likely do so with the expectation that they will be together until one of them passes away. Realistically, however, many marriages end in divorce. For some, the decision to end a marriage is a difficult one to make, but the decision is often in the best of those involved. A high asset divorce can be especially contentious as couples disagree on how assets should be divided.

Fortunately, one out-of-state couple has been able to create a settlement without going to trial. The 72-year-old real estate developer, reportedly worth approximately $400 million, and 65-year-old plastic surgeon married in 2008. The wife filed for divorce in July 2016.

Mediation may offer more benefits to you than litigation

Sometimes in life, individuals make difficult decisions in the best interests of everyone involved in the situation. You and your spouse may have mutually decided to end your marriage due to the relationship no longer creating a happy and satisfying environment for either of you or for any children you may have. When the decision to divorce comes about amicably, you and your soon-to-be ex could potentially explore marriage dissolution avenues that do not involve litigation.

Though different types of legal procedures could suit your specific circumstances, one low-conflict divorce method known as mediation often offers benefits for many individuals.

Child custody case questions Alex Jones's on-air persona

When two people in New Hampshire decide to seek a divorce, some are unable to come together to make decisions regarding their split. This often encompasses decisions regarding child custody, prompting them to seek an intervention by the court. Such is the case for radio personality, Alex Jones.

Jones is known for the often inflammatory nature of his political commentary. For example, he recently issued an apology for promoting a conspiracy theory that linked Hillary Clinton to a sex scandal. An attorney for Jones claims that the person Jones portrays on his show is a only a character and is not an indicator of his true character

When is alimony awarded in a New Hampshire divorce?

When a couple in New Hampshire decide to end their marriage, there are multiple decisions that must be made. One of the decisions is in regard to whether alimony, or spousal support, will be paid and in what amount. There are several factors that are considered when a court makes such a determination as part of divorce proceedings.

Regardless of circumstances, Clark Law Offices is dedicated to helping those seeking a divorce pursue an arrangement that is both equitable and fair. A person who makes significantly more than his or her spouse and has been married for a long period of time is more likely to have to pay alimony. On the other hand, if one person has given up a career to raise children, an award of alimony may also be more probable.

Prenuptial agreement questioned in high asset divorce

When people marry, they do so with the expectation that they will spend the rest of their lives together. However, as time passes and people change, many couples come to realize that they are no longer compatible. Because of this possibility, some people in New Hampshire create a prenuptial agreement in order to avoid the possibility of a contentious high asset divorce. However, the wife of Zynga founder Mark Pincus is seeking to invalidate their prenuptial agreement as part of their divorce proceedings.

According to reports, Pincus and Alison Gelb Pincus have been married for nine years and have three children together. However, Gelb Pincus recently filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences. As part of her filings, she is asking that their prenuptial agreement be invalidated and, presumably, that Pincus pay her legal expenses.

Easing the stress of a New Hampshire divorce for children

The vast majority of parents in New Hampshire and across the country are willing to make great sacrifices to ensure the happiness and well-being of their children. Unfortunately, this desire could cause them to stay in an unhappy marriage to protect the children. In many cases, however, it may be better for children to have two parents who live happily apart from one another as opposed to parents who live together and fight constantly. While divorce can be a difficult transition for all involved, there are ways for parents to help their children through it.

First, it may be helpful for parents to present a united front when breaking the news to their children. By discussing it in short, simple terms, children can fully understand the situation without being overwhelmed with complicated details. Reassuring children that they have no responsibility for their parents' decision to split can also help them.

Family law: Opting for a prenup for a later-in-life marriage

Many different people in New Hampshire make the decision to get married after the age of 50. For some, it may not be the first time they said wedding vows, but it may be for others. Regardless, there are often family law issues that many people consider prior to walking down the aisle.

Perhaps most importantly is the decision regarding whether to create a prenuptial agreement. Although some people assume that such agreements are only for people who are wealthy, these tools often play an important role for people with varying degrees of wealth. This is especially true for a person with children from a previous marriage. A prenuptial agreement can help ensure that children from an earlier marriage or relationship receive a share of their parent's estate even if the parent has married someone else.

More people 50 and older seeking divorce

People in New Hampshire who seek to end their marriages do so for a variety of different reasons. Regardless of the reason, the reality is that the decision to divorce is often the best one for those involved. Information provided by the U.S. Census Bureau and the National Center for Health Statistics indicates that more people ages 50 and older are seeking to end their marriage than they were approximately 25 years ago.

According to reports, in 1990 there were approximately five out of every 1,000 couples in this age group who sought to divorce. In comparison, 10 out of every 1,000 couples sought a divorce in 2015. For couples ages 65 and older, the increase has been even more significant; six out of every 1,000 married people divorced in 2015.

Child custody case mistakenly moved from children's home state

When parents are unable to provide care, many children in New Hampshire are fortunate to have several family members willing to step in. Unfortunately, such a situation can become complicated when the child custody situation involves people in several different states. A recent ruling by one state's Supreme Court illustrates some of these complications.

The case involves three children. According to reports, the father of the three children pleaded guilty to charges that he murdered the children's mother. Following the man's arrest, their maternal aunt moved them to another state. Eventually, she filed for custody in that state.

Divorce and retirement: How it is different in the military

As a member or the spouse of a member of the United States military facing the end of a marriage, it can be useful to plan for the unique issues that may surface during a military divorce. Legally speaking, a military divorce is no different than a civilian divorce, but there are special factors that can affect your future.

The majority of the special issues that may be present in a military divorce involve financial matters, such as the division of pension and retirement. When taking this step, it can be useful to seek the guidance of a New Hampshire attorney experienced in the complexities of military divorce.