Thursday, July 6, 2017

Divorce and Temporary Orders

Aren't All Divorces the Same?

While it can be said if you have seen one divorce you have seen them all, every divorce has a life of it's own.  Sometimes a client will come in and file for divorce and the whole thing is as smooth as ice. Other times, it's more like jagged as ice.  My point being, ice is ice and divorce is divorce, but that doesn't mean one size fits all.

Divorce and Temporary Orders

Temporary orders are a tool for dealing with complicated divorce and custody issues.  Not all divorce and custody cases will need temporary orders.  They become necessary in order to routinize a child's life during the pendancy of a divorce action.  If the parents cannot work together to develop a schedule that is healthy, consistent and good for a child, your attorney may suggest that you seek temporary orders.

Temporary orders are not the final custody arrangement, they are just what they say they are, "temporary".  These rules give the stability need to your child.  Will the temporary orders become permanent?  It is possible that they may but not necessarily so.  A judge will determine what is in the best interest of your child during the interim between filing for divorce and final decree.  If, in the end, you are unable to agree or negotiate a custody arrangement with your child's other parent and the judge is required to make a decision, he or she will look at the status quo as guidance as to what is in the best interest of the child.

But Who Wants a Judge to Decide?

As always, I advise my clients, they as the parents know what is best for their child.  Even though they are getting divorced, the parents know each other and they know the child.  The best interest of the child is really, in part, the parents agreeing on parenting the child.  If you can come to an acceptable, stable, healthy and consistent agreement about who will have the child when, visitation schedules and the other myriad of issues that go along with child custody, you will not need temporary orders.

Should You Avoid Temporary Orders?

Temporary orders have a time and a place.  When they are necessary, they are a fantastic tool.  They however, can be expensive, and in the end they might set a precedent that you wish they hadn't.  And, as always, if the other side has motioned for Temporary Orders you need to respond in order to preserve your rights.

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Thursday, February 2, 2017

Boise Divorce Attorney Discusses Discovery, Tax Returns and Comingling

Community Property, Taxes and Hiding Assets in Idaho

Idaho is a community property state.  What this means for the divorcing couple is regardless of whether you stayed and home and took care of the kids or you were the "bread winner", you each have an equal interest in the community's money.  What is not included in this is separate property such as property acquired before marriage or property or monies received pursuant to inheritance.  Of course, this can get tricky too when the parties "co-mingle" separate property funds.

How to Find the Goods

When these issues arise in divorce your attorney will take several different angles to try to figure out which monies belong to the community, which ones need to be reimbursed by the community and which ones are separate.  Sometimes it takes some sleuthing to figure this out.  This is called "tracing" and it is done through "discovery". Your Boise Divorce Attorney will look at tax returns, bank account records and other financial information to see who did what with the money and where it was used.

Often times people will ask, "aren't my financial records my own business?"  Unfortunately, when it comes to dividing the community estate, they aren't your own business; they are the business of the community and are required to be available to each other's divorce attorney.

Hidden Assets

Other things that discovery help attorneys uncover is hidden assets or monies.  Sometimes people will claim they only make a modest sum of money, when in reality they make more than what they want you to know.  Tax returns often don't reflect this.  This is where the attorneys need to turn to the bank records.  Of course, nothing is bullet proof and people can still hide money by using cash or "straw men".  If this happens the divorce attorney needs to look at life style.  How were the couple living?  Could their income support that?  Was it all purchased through credit?

Finally, you might ask, "Why would anyone want to hide money?"  Although the question seems obvious, it is for reasons such as wanting to reduce the amount of child support you have to pay or so that you end up with more money or property after the divorce than what you are entitled to.

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