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5. Summarize Marital Lifestyle:

How did you live your life? Did you live a low, middle or upper-class lifestyle? One of the key issues in a matrimonial dispute is marital lifestyle. Begin to describe your marital lifestyle for your attorney using the following categories:

  1. Marital residence – size, pool, improvements;
  2. Vacation homes;
  3. Extent of savings in bank or investment accounts;
  4. Types of automobiles, boats, planes, motorcycles or other vehicles or
    recreational crafts;
  5. Frequency of vacations and locations;
  6. Furs and jewelry;
  7. Nature of stores frequented;
  8. Country clubs;
  9. Extent of entertainment including, but not limited to: gambling, sports, hobbies, restaurants, theatre, movies and the like;
  10. Extent of gifts given and received;
  11. Extent of service providers such as household help, gardeners, maintenance personnel and the like;
  12. Nature, extent and value of household furniture and furnishings, including collectibles and artwork;
  13. Children’s expenses, including, but not limited to, private school, camps, tutoring or extracurricular activities;
  14. Available cash;
  15. Available free time;
  16. Personal expenses run through a business;
  17. Pets (In one case, the parties had their dog in “Doggy Day Care”).

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