The holidays can be a difficult time for people in the midst of custody and divorce matters—especially the first holiday season in transition. When children divide their holidays between two parents’ separate households, or when clients face the holidays without their spouses for the first time, the holidays may feel like a lonely time. Family law attorney Jennifer J. Riley recommends to her clients that they focus on developing new holiday traditions. “This way, rather than feeling the holidays from a position of loss, creating new holiday traditions can help our clients and their children feel excitement during the season,” she explains.
Aging with passion and purpose will often result in a re-evaluation of life, with a focus on making sure the future years are secure, healthy and, most importantly, happy. For an increasing number of older couples, this may mean a separation or divorce later in life.
In fact, divorce among older couples, or “Grey Divorce”, has become much more common. Family Law attorney Jennifer J. Riley explains that Grey Divorces require special attention and care because unique issues are often present. “The most common questions we answer for older clients involve the impact of a divorce on their retirement savings, or how divorce might impact their social security payments,” says Riley. “In a Grey Divorce, we need to safeguard health insurance and address long-term planning as part of the divorce process.”
As wedding season approaches, many lovebirds are hesitant to discuss an important topic: prenuptial agreements. There is a misconception associated with prenuptial agreements—the idea that someone is planning for the end of a marriage. “Prenuptial agreements are actually a way to ensure that the love and respect we have at the start of our marriages will always govern our behavior,” says attorney Jennifer J. Riley, who has offices in Blue Bell and Wayne.
Riley indicates that she often drafts prenuptial agreements for clients that are clearly in love and excited for their weddings. As she explains, “The most important part of a prenuptial agreement is that the parties reach an agreement, together, before the marriage, during the time in their lives when they might very well be the most in love.