Money is one of the most common sources of marital friction, and a major cause of divorce. Unfortunately, most people avoid talking about money until they’re in the more advanced stages of their relationship, or even worse, until they’re married. Don’t put off talking about money because it feels awkward or uncomfortable. There are few…

Ripped From the Headlines: What NOT To Do in a Custody Battle It’s not surprising to see news about a celebrity couple getting divorced. However, this headline caught our attention: Angelina Jolie could lose custody of kids if their relationship with Brad Pitt doesn’t improve. The couple has been separated since September 2016 and according…

From book reports to baseball practice, you want to be involved in your stepkid’s life. You want to parent the child you are helping to raise, but can you legally be their parent if you simply married into the family? Can you adopt your spouse’s biological child? If you are married to the mother or…

Ending a Common Law Marriage: Does an Informal Marriage Require a Divorce? By Anita Cutrer of Hoppes & Cutrer, LLC on Wednesday, May 23, 2018. Marriage, for many people, is much more than simply having a piece of paper to make it official. Perhaps you and your spouse skipped the formal religious wedding, and even…

Suspicious Spouse? Seek Counsel, Not a Private Eye. By Anita Cutrer of Hoppes & Cutrer, LLC on Friday, April 20, 2018. You’ve developed a lingering suspicion about your spouse. You have no proof, but you think your spouse is cheating on you. Before hiring help in the form of a private investigator or hacking his…

Can I kick my spouse out of the house? By Anita Cutrer of Hoppes & Cutrer, LLC posted in Divorce on Monday, March 26, 2018. Can I Kick My Spouse Out of the House? Your marriage is not going well. You would like to create as much distance between you and your spouse as possible….