How Can A CPA Help My Divorce

How Can A CPA Help My Divorce

The complex situation of a divorce is never easy, and most couples will seek out a legal firm that can help them reduce the anxiety and stress that naturally result. A divorce involves the litigation process, the dividing of assets and taxation of investments. While a divorce attorney may specialize in both out-of-court settlements and lawsuits when necessary, a CPA’s assistance is often necessary for the proper dividing of substantial assets and issues related to taxation. Those who are in a divorce that will involve substantial assets and taxation issues should seriously consider working with a CPA.

Recipe for a happy divorce

Recipe for a happy divorce
True cliche: Simple things bring happiness.

Maintaining happiness (or some semblance of it) through your divorce might not be as difficult as you think. According to scientists, the following things make us happy:

  1. Virtues: Our sense of wisdom, justice, compassion for others,
  2. Gratitude: Appreciating what we have and expressing it to ourselves and others,
  3. Savoring: Enjoying the moment and taking time to smell the roses,
  4. Engagement: Being in our activities for the experience of it (“being in the zone”),
  5. Living a meaningful life: Doing things for others and helping others.

Chicago lawyer on finding money

My friend, Russell Knight, has opened up a solo general practice. He is both a divorce lawyer and criminal defense lawyer. In his blog Russell recommends doing a criminal background check on your spouse at the beginning of a divorce:

By presenting this [evidence of a criminal record] to the judge, an attorney is able to wake the judge out of his or her “he-said-she-said stupor” and begin portraying their client as the good guy and the other party as the bad guy.

Helpful or stressful?

I just came across this video of a therapy game for children of divorce. I’m not sure what to think. I got really stressed out just by watching the video. It is certainly good to acquaint divorce lawyers with confusion and pain that some children of divorce feel. However, is this appropriate for children? Wouldn’t it make a child going through a difficult custody battle feel even worse?

The winning divorce

The winning divorce

In law school we learned how to “frame” the facts to make a winning argument. This basically requires viewing things from a different point of view. The framing of facts, however, is not limited to the practice of law. In fact, how you frame (or view) “success” and  “failure” is an essential element in achieving happiness and success in life.

Children and divorce

Children and divorce

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Is divorce the problem?

As a divorce lawyer, I often worry about the effect the divorce will have on the children of the marriage. Obviously many parents worry too. These parents cite statistics showing that children of divorce are more likely to commit crimes, get pregnant young and become underachievers.