Back in the good ol’ days. . .a party who decided to leave his or her spouse typically cleaned out the house, the cookie jar stash, and all the bank accounts and changed the names on all the property and accounts to ace the other party out. Is that a good idea nowadays? NOT!! And especially where … [Read more...] about Divorce-Cleaning Out the Bank Accounts
A very problematic situation has arisen frequently since the economy took a major dive. . . relocating with children for economic (or any other) reason. As we are all aware, Montana’s unemployment rate varied at one point in the 2008-2010 recession from above 9 to above 13% depending on the … [Read more...] about Relocating With Children
Many Montana family law attorneys have their clients fill out a financial disclosure form early on in the proceedings to give to the other side–why is that? Doesn’t your attorney have to help you keep as much of your assets as possible? Then why do you have to tell your spouse what your income, … [Read more...] about Divorce-Financial Disclosure
A settlement conference, here in Montana, is an informal "mediation." I put the word mediation in quotes because it might carry more technical overtones than I mean. Boiled down, a settlement conference is a meeting between parties in a dispute to try to settle a claim or case. Generally, … [Read more...] about What’s a Settlement Conference?
Depositions are a formal court proceeding and result in testimony that can sometimes be used at trial. Depositions are an attorney’s tool to find out about the other side’s case in the discovery phase of litigation. They generally take place after litigation has begun, but before trial. Everything … [Read more...] about What’s a Deposition?