Debra L. Rubin Esq.

Why It May Be in Your Best Interest to Settle a Divorce Out of Court

Friday, August 12th, 2016

Why It May Be in Your Best Interest to Settle a Divorce Out of Court by Debra Rubin

A divorce trial is sometimes necessary, but it is almost always best to settle your matter as opposed to having a judge decide your fate.

Ultimately, the things that you say in court that you think are going to help you might end up hurting you. Moreover, most good judges and lawyers will tell you that you are better off having input and fashioning your own agreement rather than allowing a stranger (the judge) to decide your future based upon what he or she may hear in testimony.

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Post-Divorce: The Power of the Paper Trail

Wednesday, May 18th, 2016

Post-Divorce: The Power of the Paper Trail by Debra Rubin

Once the divorce papers are signed, it’s not over. If there is a financial obligation between two individuals, then there will remain an on-going relationship between them. Here are some tips to make those interactions as smooth as possible.

Child Support

If a parent is not paying child support as required, there are a few possible courses of action you can pursue. You could potentially have payments made through the child support collection unit, wage garnishment, and/or income execution. You could also seek a money judgment from the court. If, after exhausting these less drastic remedies, you are unsuccessful, then you could seek contempt from the court which could entail punishment by incarceration.

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Keeping Your Kids out of Your Divorce

Tuesday, December 8th, 2015

Keeping Your Kids out of Your Divorce by Debra Rubin

While concerns regarding your children may be utmost on your mind, children suffer when they literally become the center of the divorce process.

Having divorced parents does not mean a child is not entitled to have a positive relationship with both of them. No matter how angry or bitter the parents may feel toward each other, expressing that anger to their children will hurt them, as well.

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Social Media and Your Divorce

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

Social Media and Your Divorce By Debra L RubinIf you are going through a divorce, it is wise to be very particular about how and when you use social media. Depending on the platform you use, you may be inadvertently revealing information that could hurt your case in court.

Here are some basic tips:

Don’t post anything that is blatantly inappropriate or that can create an unwanted impression of your finances. Even if you mean it to be a joke, it can make you appear less fit as a parent if you are involved in a custody hearing. Also, if you are posting about your leisure activities, it can make you appear as if you have a substantial amount of extra money available to spend.    (more…)

How to Make Your Initial Divorce Consultation Easier

Thursday, January 9th, 2014

How to Make Your Initial Divorce Consultation Easier By Debra L. RubinConsulting with an attorney for the first time about your divorce can be a difficult and emotionally-draining experience. Here are some steps you can take to make the process easier:

Bring as much financial documentation as possible: The more information you can gather about your finances, the better. Some important details to consider are:

- How much income you and your spouse earn
- What retirement and non-retirement assets you possess
- Any real estate or automobiles you hold title to
- Any businesses or professional practices in which you or your spouse have an interest
- A list of all your current debts
- Evidence of any assets acquired prior to the marriage, by gift, or by inheritance  (more…)