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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...

Tessmer Tips / 26.05.2015

Continuing with information on the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act:   SCRA caps the interest rates on loans incurred prior to active duty at 6%. The rate reduction applies to the interest on all pre-service loans and obligations, including mortgages, car loans, credit cards and even federally guaranteed student loans. The interest over 6% is forgiven, not deferred.  Lenders cannot deny or revoke credit, change the terms of an existing loan or refuse to grant you credit because you seek SCRA protections.  Any claim of rights under SCRA cannot be used as the basis for a lender to decide that you are unable...