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Long-term marriages have more wealth, often more divorce issues

The longer a marriage lasts, the more likely it is for a couple to have collected wealth together. In Louisiana, this wealth may come in the form of vacation properties, vehicles, boats, 401(k) plans and investment portfolios. Many things can and are considered to be marital property. That is why, when a divorce occurs in a long-term marriage, there is often the issue of a complex asset division.

In order to alleviate some of this complexity -- which can easily instill confusion and frustration in either spouse -- divorcing individuals should understand some important concepts. First and foremost, be sure to reveal all of your assets to your attorney. In turn, your belongings and net worth will be discussed in court.

If you are not honest, any discussions concerning assets -- and potentially other important discussions such as alimony and child custody -- will be blemished with an air of dishonesty and uncertainty regarding you. Interestingly, it does not take much to turn the court against you. It could be one act of hiding an asset after the divorce has been filed. In some cases, spouses remove money from bank accounts and hide the cash in their homes. When that cash is found, the court begins looking at them in a completely different light.

During many divorces, the relationship between spouses becomes extremely strained. Emotions run high and some people do not think clearly in this state of mind. Be sure not to act or respond to any antagonizing language coming from a spouse. If you react a certain way, that spouse may be able to suggest that you have threatened her or him.

Also, be sure not to post anything to social media sites that could be understood as demeaning or threatening to a spouse you are divorcing. This can also be used in court, so be sure to change the security settings of your accounts to private and avoid making any incriminating moves.

Source: Huffington Post, "The Male Side of Divorce: What Men Need to Know," Silvana D. Raso, Aug. 7, 2012

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