In our last post, we began discussing the issue of financial fraud in divorce. Hiding assets from a spouse is obviously a risky undertaking, but it is a risk that some are willing to take. It is particularly important for the financially weaker party in divorce to work with an experienced team of professionals to ensure that he or she is not going to be defrauded in property division.
A recent Washington Post article looked at the issue of fraud in divorce, particularly the use of offshore accounts and corporations by wealthy Americans looking to hide assets from a spouse in divorce. The issue is on the minds of more people after the release, earlier this month, of the so-called Panama Papers, which consist of millions of leaked documents providing information for over 214,000 offshore companies connected to a Panamanian law firm.
A heartfelt apology, as everyone knows, can go a long way toward resolving a dispute. This is certainly true in relationships with friends and family, and it also seems to be true in patient-provider relations. That, at least, is the experience of hospitals that have introduced enhanced communication and resolution programs which encourage physicians to have a heart-to-heart discussion with patients who have suffered a bad outcome.
Last time, we continued our discussion of the various factors courts take into consideration when making custody decisions. We left off with the point that courts are supposed to look toward ensuring that any residential arrangement encourages each parent to maintain a strong relationship with the child. Courts are directed to pay careful attention to statutory parenting plan restrictions.
In our last post, we spoke a bit about the current push by father’s rights advocates for joint custody presumptions. As we pointed out, joint custody may be the ideal scenario for children in general, but in practice it is not always actually in the best interest of children. It really depends on the specific circumstances of the case.