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Answer these questions as you prepare your finances for divorce

As you ponder life after divorce, a good portion of your attention will turn to your finances. Although things are sure to change, especially if you were not the primary breadwinner in your marriage, there are steps you can take before and during your divorce to put yourself in the best possible position for success in the future.

Here are five important questions to answer as you prepare your finances for divorce (and the years to follow):

  • Do you have copies of all your most important financial records? You'll need this during the divorce process and maybe in the future. These can include but are not limited to: bank account statements, retirement account statements, pay stubs and life insurance policies. You can never collect too much information.
  • Do you have a clear idea of your assets and debts? You don't want to assume you'll work through this as you move through your divorce. It's best to get everything in order as soon as possible. For example, make a list of both joint and separate property.
  • What is your credit score? This doesn't seem important, until you realize that it is a big deal when applying for a loan. Maybe you want to buy a house or a car after your divorce is finalized. With good credit, this is possible. With bad credit, you'll run into some issues along the way.
  • What's the best way to cut expenses? You don't necessarily have to do this, but if you're going from two incomes to one, it's probably in your best interest.
  • Where can you turn for help? Although you know your finances better than anyone else, there may come a time when you require some assistance. From a tax professional to a financial planner or an experienced family law attorney, there are people who can show you the way.

Ensure your Child's Summer Fun with Forms and Permissions

For many children, summer vacation is for fun and adventure. During the months from the beginning of June to the end of August, children may participate on sports teams, go to day camps, overnight camps, or enjoy vacations with friends or family. In order to ensure the health and safety of children while having summer fun, parents may need to fill out and sign forms and waivers. Here's what moms and dads need to know:

Don't Drink and Drive

With Memorial Day, the unofficial start to summer,  this weekend, comes summer fun -- barbeques and beer, champagne toasts at weddings and merriment at graduation parties. While we hope you have fun, please remember to be safe when having a drink and it is most important to not drink and drive.

Mother's Day/My Day

As I was sitting at basketball tournament for my daughter Margaret this past week and in between whistles and eager parents' cheering, I remembered that this coming weekend was Mother's Day/My Day. Where will I be? Where will you be? I immediately called my sister in New York, who is also a mom, to plan our Mother's Day gift to ourselves. When I say gift, it is not a new purse or a piece of jewelry, rather it is the gift of time. Of course, I still make it home in time on Sunday to see my family too!


We're so proud that our firm, Vinsko & Associates PC, was chosen as one of the BEST law firms by the CITIZENS' VOICE. As we all know, there is no "I" in "TEAM" and the real congratulations go to our great attorneys and staff -- Brian Vinsko, Catherine Mihalick, Esq., CTFA, Paula Vinsko, Lynn Coleman, Paula M. Chaiken, Lisa Karuzie, Alison Myers, and Emma Brieling. And thank you to the Citizens' Voice and its Readers and our clients. - William E. Vinsko, Jr., Esquire


Every day, you do your best to ensure that your pet is well-cared for and loved. You feed your dog nutritious food, give her an occasional treat, take him on long walks and cuddle with your fur-baby at night. Your cat also eats the best food and gets treats. You may even dance string in front of her. But have you ever taken the time to consider what will happen to your pet if something should happen to you?


Families of children with autism and other special needs may face overwhelming day to day struggles with their children, from finding non-irritating clothes to food that they'll eat to an appropriate educational setting. In addition to these daily challenges, parents also must take steps to ensure their children's future. There are legal avenues that parents can use - such as long-term planning, guardianship and special needs trusts - to protect their children.

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