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Tessmer Tips / 04.06.2015

Protect your rights as a father!  You are important in the lives of your children.   Divorcing Dad Tip #6:  Comply with court orders and don’t break any laws.  You may not be pleased to be initially granted limited visitation, but make sure you comply with all court rules. Don't take your child from the state without permission or do anything else that might be illegal, as this can land you in jail and can make it hard for you to get custody.   Divorcing Dad Tip #7:  Hire an experienced attorney to protect your rights. Your divorce attorney should have experience in custody fights...

Tessmer Tips, Uncategorized / 02.06.2015

Experiencing divorce as a father is very painful - for you AND your kids.  We know this and we are here to help!  Here are more tips on being a Divorcing Dad:   Divorcing Dad Tip #3:  Collect evidence of paternity as soon as possible. If you think paternity is going to be questioned, get a copy of your child's birth certificate and/or gather any evidence you have that shows you are the child's father.   Divorcing Dad Tip #4:  Request a DNA test if necessary. This does not come up much in divorce, but paternity can be disputed at times during custody cases. You may...

Tessmer Tips / 29.05.2015

Today, we conclude our series of articles on the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) with this final tip:   If you receive orders that require you to move from your home state to another state, your state of legal residence for tax purposes does not change. SCRA prevents you from having to pay state taxes on your military income or personal property – such as a car – to any state other than your state of legal residency.  If you or your spouse earn non-military income, you may have to pay income taxes to the state where you are stationed, if that...

Tessmer Tips / 28.05.2015

Our active duty service men and women are afforded certain rights and protections under the law - and deservedly so.  Here is more information on the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA):   If you receive notice that a civil action (bankruptcy, foreclosure, divorce, etc.) has been filed or a child custody matter has been initiated against you during a period of military service or within 90 days thereafter, you have the right under SCRA to request that the proceedings be stayed for at least 90 days, and the right to request that the court extend the stay if necessary. If your request...

Tessmer Tips / 27.05.2015

We continue with part 3 of our useful information on the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA):   SCRA protects your home from foreclosure. If you secured a mortgage before entering military service, SCRA requires that a lender obtain a court order before it can foreclose on your home during any period of service and for nine months thereafter.  If your lender does seek a court order, and you can show that you have been unable to make your mortgage payments due to your service, the court must temporarily stay the proceedings or adjust the amount due to your lender.   If you leased a...