Pro Se Litigation – Libraries

This week we’re talking about pro se litigation – i.e., representing yourself. Yesterday I suggested you can minimize disadvantages you may have by not having a lawyer if you believe in yourself. Today we’re going to talk a little more about what resources you do have. Probably the first thing you should do is learn…

Property Division in Lieu of Alimony

[Ed: Originally published on Facebook.] Yesterday we talked about the interplay of alimony and property division. Often it can make sense to pay more alimony in exchange for a more favorable property division. Note the reverse can be true, in a sense – the court can adjust its property division to make up for the fact…

Alimony in Lieu of Property Division

[Ed: Originally published on Facebook.] Alimony and property division often intersect. One is an award from the CURRENT estate, and the other is an award from the FUTURE estate. Sometimes, the current estate is relatively modest, but one spouse has a substantial amount of “separate” property, not subject to being divided or awarded to the other…

Why Do We Have Alimony?

[Ed: Originally published on Facebook.] We’re looking at alimony this week. Historically, alimony was awarded as a recognition that the traditional role of the husband was to be the “breadwinner” outside the home, while the traditional role of the wife was to care for the home and/or the children. Women in general did not have the…