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Protect yourself and your assets in a high-asset divorce

If you are in the process of a divorce and you and your soon-to-be ex-spouse never filed a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement, you may become involved in a battle over property division. If there are high assets involved, this can become especially tricky, and possibly heated.

Preparing for marriage and the possibility of a divorce

Probably the last thing couples who are about to get married think about is the possibility of divorce. Unfortunately, statistics show that nearly half of marriages in the United States do not last, so the possibility of divorce, however hard to think about, is a legitimate concern.

A prenuptial or postnuptial agreement can help in a divorce

It's been a common preconceived notion that celebrity marriages do not last. And, if 2015 is any indication, that notion may be more fact than myth. Recently, many of our readers probably heard that solo music artist Avril Lavigne and Chad Kroeger, who is the lead singer of the popular rock band "Nickleback," have separated following two years of marriage.

How delinquent child support is handled

Following a divorce, child support is often awarded to the custodial parent to help pay for the upbringing of the child or children. Thanks to the Child Support Enforcement Act of 1984, rules have been put in place to help custodial parents receive the child support payments. The district attorney will typically serve papers to the other spouse with a payment arrangement and schedule to follow. Failure to follow this order can lead to significant penalties, and even imprisonment.

The importance of establishing paternity

Establishing paternity can be beneficial to all parties involved: the father, the mother and, most importantly, the child. For married couples, the paternity of the father is established at the hospital at the time of birth. But, for children born outside of a marriage, unless both parents acknowledge who the father is things can get complicated.

Joseph J. Porzenski
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