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Fleischer Law Solutions February News

 

 

 

 

Money is a leading cause of stress in a marriage. This is also true for divorce.

 

Money and financial holdings such as property and stock portfolios and the distribution of who gets what, how much, and how often is just as emotional as custody issues.

 

Before you consult with a divorce attorney, or even before you toss your hands up in frustration and “throw the @#$ out,” take a moment and follow your money with my 3 Financial Steps to Prepare for Your Divorce listed below.

 

Warm Regards,

Robin Fleischer Esq.

Fleischer Law Solutions, PLLC

 

 

 

3 Financial Steps You Must Take to Prepare for Your Divorce

 

 

Open Your Own Bank Account

 

No matter who decides to file for divorce, you are going to need money for legal fees, court costs, and living expense. It is a good idea to have an emergency fund available that will cover some of these costs. Once the divorce complaint and summons are served, there is something called an automatic restraining order on all assets. It’s just as alarming as it sounds and can tie your assets and ability to care for yourself into knots. It means that no money can be transferred, nor can property, stocks, or bonds be sold without express permission of the other party.

 

If you aren’t on speaking terms with your spouse prior to filing for divorce, you can imagine how difficult a financial transaction can become once a divorce is filed. It can also be expensive if you are reduced to communicating through lawyers. The good news is you are allowed to use the money for legal fees and for usual running of a business and living expenses.

 

If you don’t have your own bank account, I suggest opening up an account in a separate bank from where your joint account is held. 

Do not fall into the trap of putting cash in a safe deposit box. First, it is now illegal to keep cash in those boxes and secondly, any safe deposit box and its contents have to be disclosed to your spouse during the information gathering process of the divorce.

 

Check Your Credit Report

 

Check your credit report. If you have joint accounts, what your spouse does is going to affect you. If he or she has been secretly running up debt, a lower credit score will give you a hint. CreditKarma.com will provide you free credit reports from Equifax and TransUnion.  

 

Gather Your Financial Documents 

 

You need to conduct a financial analysis of what you both own. Once your divorce is filed, both parties will be required by law to complete a financial statement and exchange bank account statements, tax returns, retirement account statements, W-2 statements and any loan applications that have been completed prior to the filing of the divorce. 

 

The more information you have when you do meet with your attorney, the better prepared you both will be to negotiate a financial settlement.

 

If you suspect your spouse has been hiding assets or spending money secretly on purchases that have nothing to with the marriage, now is the time to become a detective. Keep an eye on credit account statements and bank balances. Look at your past tax returns.

 

Your marriage is a legal and binding contract, and like a company that does business with vendors and customers, there are financial rules, obligations, and safeguards to protect everyone – especially minor children. Treat your financial life as a business. Take out the emotion and be prepared to negotiate the deal that will lead to a new life of happiness.

 

Please visit my Facebook page where I post relevant articles concerning all issues of divorce and family law. 

 

Fleischer Law Solutions has a network of divorce professionals whom we work with to prepare and protect our clients throughout the entire divorce process.

 

Call Fleischer Law Solutions today and book a consultation to discuss how we can help you obtain the best solution to your legal problem.

 

About Atty. Robin Fleischer

 

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for all your Divorce, Family, and Personal Legal Issues

 

Attorney Fleischer is a respected family law attorney who is known for her integrity, honesty and creativity in finding solutions to some of the most emotional and tough legal issues.

 

She has dedicated her career to helping people going through the emotional roller coaster of divorce and other family law problems.

 

She understands that people experiencing a divorce, child custody or other family legal matter need an advocate who is compassionate, understanding and responsive to their needs. When relationships fail, the effects cascade into all areas of a persons’ life.

 

Attorney Fleischer earned a BA in Education from Framingham State University in 1981. She graduated the Massachusetts School of Law in 2012 and was admitted to the Massachusetts Bar the same year. She has worked in the legal industry for over twenty years, first as a paralegal in her father’s law practice and now as a solo practitioner in her own law firm.

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DANIEL R. GODEFROI

24 Yardley Road · Andover, MA 01810 · (978) 886-1171 · [email protected]

EDUCATION____________________________________________________________________________________________                                                                                                                                                  

New England Law | Boston                                                                                                              Boston, MA

Candidate for Juris Doctor                                                                                                               May 2017

Honors:          Dean’s Scholarship, 2014-2017

                         Dean’s List: all semesters

                         CALI Excellence for the Future Award – Healthcare Law, Fall 2017

Activities:       New England Law Review, Comment & Note Editor 2015-2017

                         Published: New England Law Review, Volume 51, Issue 3, 2017                            

Georgetown University                                                                                                                                      Washington, DC

Bachelor of Arts in Political Economy                                                                                     May 2011

Activities: Varsity Baseball, Member, 2007-2011

LEGAL EXPERIENCE____________________________________________________________________________________                                                                                                                                        

Bryant University Athletics - Compliance Office                                                Smithfield, RI

Intern                                                                                                                                 August 2016- May 2017

-Drafted & Edited Athletic Department Compliance Manual and Policy Manual, in accordance with NCAA Division I Regulations

-Prepared documents for external audit on the Bryant Athletics Department

Madden Law Office                                                                                                                      Weymouth, MA

 Legal Assistant                                                                                                      March 2016-September 2016

-Evaluated, and prepared case files; drafted and filed motions, client letters, etc.

-Represented Attorney Madden in client meetings

-Second Seated in several cases, including both criminal and civil

Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office – Narcotics Unit                                                     Boston, MA

Summer Intern                                                                                                                                       June 2015-August 2015

-Analyzed, and prepared case files for Assistant District Attorneys

-Issue Spotted and drafted oppositions of motions to suppress/dismiss, grand jury witness lists, interoffice direct indictment memorandums and direct indictment requests

Office of Barry R. Finegold, Massachusetts State Senate                                           Boston, MA

Legislative Aide & Scheduler                                                                                                                         January 2014-August 2014

 

-Analyzed, monitored and made recommendations on legislative and budgetary matters relevant to the Senator’s district and committee assignments such as education and election law reform

 

-Responsible for ensuring the Senator’s schedule reflected his district, legislative and personal priorities

 

-Identified and developed relationships between the Senator, community activists, businesses, non-profit leaders and other elected officials

 

-Represented the Senator at meetings

Dalton & Finegold, LLP                                                                                                           Andover, MA

Legal Assistant                                                                                                                                    November 2012-January 2014

    -Prepared legal documents for real estate closings including completing title commitments and closing protection letters

-Obtained payoff statements and insurance binders for clients

-Research and corrected mortgage title issues

WORK EXPERIENCE____________________________________________________________________________________                                                                                                                     

Barry Finegold for State Senate                                                                                              Andover, MA

District Manager                                                                                                                                                August 2012-November 2012

-Identified, recruited, and managed a mass network of volunteers to help with various campaign activities including distributing Dear Friend cards, door-to-door canvassing, phone banks, submitting letters to the editor of various newspapers, house parties and fundraisers

Motion Recruitment: Workbridge Associates                                                                     Boston, MA

Recruiter                                                                                                                                                  December 2011-June 2012

- Performed full life cycle recruitment process

Oliver Nelson Group: Small Business of Real Estate Entrepreneurs                     Burlington, CT

Intern for Susan Birk Nelson                                                                                                           July 2011-September 2011

-Assessed and analyzed data for new real estate investments; coordinated deals with clients and investors

VOLUNTEER WORK_____________________________________________________________________________________                                                                                                                                       

Barry Finegold for State Treasurer                                                                                                          Boston, MA

 

Volunteer                                                                                                                                                   January 2014-August 2014

Robin S. Fleischer, Fleischer Law Solutions, PLLC Guest Blog Post

Massachusetts Child Support Guidelines Have Changed Effective September 15, 2017

Are you ready for some good news about child support payments in Massachusetts?  That’s right, for once an attorney is sharing something positive about one of the most emotionally and financially minefield ridden parts of divorce – paying for the kids.

Drumroll please…On September 15, 2017, four major changes will take effect that offer relief and balance for both parents.

As with all legal changes, the language it written in legalese, but I have summarized the highlights below.

The Big Four Child Support Payment Issues

1.  An increase in the minimum amount paid for one child from $18.00 per week to $25.00 per week

2.  the payor parent now receives a twenty-five percent reduction in child support for children over age eighteen

3.  A cap on a parent’s Court-ordered contribution to college costs at fifty percent of the undergraduate, in state resident cost of UMass Amherst

4.  Parents will be able to receive a credit for the high cost of child care and health care by either parent receiving a credit to offset the above costs, capped at fifteen percent of the child support amount before the credit.

Further Applause to the Task Force

The new guidelines have done away with the confusion associated with hybrid parenting plans, where parenting time was unequal, often resulting in one parent deciding custody and parenting time based on the amount of child support to be paid or received. Now the figure is based on a rebuttable presumption that the children are living with the custodial parent approximately two-thirds of the time and the other parent one-third of the time.  If the parents share equal time, the support order is calculated twice, once with one parent as the recipient and the second with the other parent as the recipient.  The difference in the calculation becomes the weekly support amount.

There’s wiggle room too!  Not all orders need to be calculated by the Guidelines Worksheet

The Task Force was mindful that all families are different.  The Courts still have wide discretion to deviate from the guideline using factors based on the individual circumstances of each party and the children.   Page 3, Deviation, Section IV, of the form “Findings and Determinations of Child Support and Post-Secondary Education Form” list appropriate reasons to deviate from the calculated child support figure. 

What to Do about Orders Issued Prior to September 15, 2017? 

Contact your attorney to discuss whether a modification of any past child support is warranted as a result of the new changes and to discuss the effect on current or future support orders. 

The Task Force has recommended that parties consider agreeing to unallocated support in situations where alimony and child support are both at issue.  I will discuss this in more detail in future blog articles.  

To read the full text of the Guidelines as well as the Task Force Report and Economic Report, visit www.mass.gov/courts/selfhelp/family/child-support-guidelines.html.

I am optimistic that these changes will result in a more equitable support order in line with the increased cost child and health care as well as taking into consideration each parents’ personal economic abilities

Here’s to more future good news!

Contact Robin Fleischer:

Phone 978-871-2928 | Email [email protected] | Website http://www.robinfleischer.com/

Meet Attorney Robin S. Fleischer of Fleischer Law Solutions, PLLC

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Attorney Robin S. Fleischer is a respected family law attorney who is known for her integrity, honesty and creativity in finding solutions to some of the most emotional and tough legal issues.  She has dedicated her career to helping people going through the emotional roller coaster of divorce and other family law problems. 

She understands that people experiencing a divorce, child custody or other family legal matter need an advocate who is compassionate, understanding and responsive to their needs.  When relationships fail, the effects cascade into all areas of a persons’ life.

Attorney Fleischer prides herself in providing individual, personal attention to each client.  She offers a complimentary 30-minute initial telephone conversation for new clients.   Her motto is “It is easier to stay out of trouble than get of trouble.”  

If you think you have a legal problem, call or email Attorney Fleischer at 978-871-2928;  email [email protected].   Visit her website at www.robinfleischer.com

 

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