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Preparing a Marital History

In order to give your divorce attorney the information he or she needs, you should try to chronologically summarize all of the salient facts related to your relationship with your spouse. Although it may seem like a daunting task, you should chronologically address each of the following points: (a) length of courtship; (b) timing of engagement;(c) financial and non-financial contributions to marriage;(d) history of domestic violence or abuse (e) breakdown of marriage;(f) physical and emotional health of each party;(g) employment history of each party;(h) marital lifestyle (see prior Divorce Tip of the Week);and (i) “Statutory Factors” related to custody, child support, alimony and equitable distribution. (Your attorney can provide these to you) For more information about your rights in divorce, please contact Chuck Vuotto at cvuotto@starrgern.com or by phone at his Roseland, NJ office (973) 403-9200. You may also read more articles on divorce at vuotto.com

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