About Valerie Keene, J.D.

Valerie Keene graduated magna cum laude from the University of Arkansas School of Law, was a finalist in the 2014 National Moot Court Competition, and participated in the Arkansas Law Review. She is a licensed attorney who primarily practices family law and estate planning. She is a regular contributor to several legal sites and her prolific writing career has focused on law, finance and business.

No Fault vs. Fault Divorce Differences


When someone decides to get a divorce, they generally have two options:  no fault vs fault divorce. These two types of divorce can impact how a case proceeds, the cost of divorce, and what you must prove to get a divorce. What Is A No Fault Divorce? In a

No Fault vs. Fault Divorce Differences2023-02-06T14:59:56+00:00

Getting Rid Of Documents After Divorce


For better or worse, divorce is a major transition. You can either wallow in the past or embrace the possibility of a new future. As part of the evolution process, you will likely want to get rid of some things that remind you of the past or a failed marriage. Here’s a brief primer

Getting Rid Of Documents After Divorce2022-11-28T02:25:59+00:00

How To Get A Marriage Annulment


Before going into how to get a marriage annulment, we should define annulment and explain how it differs from a divorce.  There is a common misconception that if you regret getting married, you have a certain amount of time to get a “do-over” or to annul your marriage. However, this is not the case.

How To Get A Marriage Annulment2023-02-06T15:04:56+00:00

What Is A Qualified Domestic Relations Order (QDRO)?


A qualified domestic relations order (QDRO) is a court order or decree that requires a portion of a retirement plan to be transferred to a spouse or dependent, usually used during a divorce. A QDRO gives the plan administrator the authority to divide the retirement account. QDROs are not mandated by the court and

What Is A Qualified Domestic Relations Order (QDRO)?2023-02-06T14:58:52+00:00

My Spouse Has A Secret Bank Account


With so many different banking options today, many people have more than one bank account. Many couples divide accounts into mine, yours, and ours. However, if you find your spouse has a secret bank account that you never knew about, you might wonder what this means for your relationship. Below, we dive into this

My Spouse Has A Secret Bank Account2023-02-20T13:01:35+00:00

My Spouse Wants An Open Marriage


For as long as the concept of the institution of marriage has been around, so has the question of whether humans are wired for monogamy. Some spouses may try to bridge this disconnect by asking the other for an open marriage instead of divorce. They may reason that they want the security that marriage

My Spouse Wants An Open Marriage2023-02-06T14:37:49+00:00

Signs Your Wife Is Cheating On You


While many people are caught off guard when they discover their spouse is cheating on them, there are usually some signs of a cheating wife.  A change in her habits or routine Frequently arriving late or skipping out on family obligations Frequently going out Acting secretly  Acting indifferently  Having communication problems A change in

Signs Your Wife Is Cheating On You2023-02-06T14:17:30+00:00

Becoming A Single Dad After Divorce


One of the hardest parts of the divorce process for men is being a single dad after divorce. If your own father was not an active part in your life, you may feel like you disappointed your kids. Becoming a single dad after divorce is no easy feat, but if you confront your fears

Becoming A Single Dad After Divorce2023-02-06T13:55:34+00:00

How Long Does It Take To Get Divorced?


One of the first questions that people have after considering divorce is “How long does a divorce take from start to finish?” While this seems like a simple question, the answer depends on several factors, including where you file for divorce, the applicable state laws, and whether you and your spouse agree on the

How Long Does It Take To Get Divorced?2023-02-06T14:19:26+00:00

Annulment vs. Divorce: What’s The Difference?


When considering important decisions about your marriage, it's crucial to understand the legal processes involved. Annulment and divorce serve distinct purposes. An annulment is typically sought when a marriage is found to be legally flawed from the start, like when the couple is closely related under state laws or if one party was already married

Annulment vs. Divorce: What’s The Difference?2024-01-11T22:39:33+00:00