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.

My Children Hate Me After Divorce


Divorce is hard on everyone, but especially difficult for children. Children may experience strong feelings about their parents’ divorce, such as anger, sadness, grief, and resentment. These feelings may be directed at one or both parents. It is vital to help children cope with divorce to minimize the fallout. Here are some additional tips

My Children Hate Me After Divorce2021-01-08T15:15:10+00:00

Dental Insurance After Divorce


If you are in the midst of a divorce, you’re probably worried about what will happen to your insurance. Like other types of insurance, the status of your dental insurance can be impacted by your divorce. Many spouses do, in fact, lose their dental insurance after divorce. However, this may not be what happens

Dental Insurance After Divorce2021-01-08T15:32:12+00:00

What Is An Amicable Divorce?


When you think of divorce, your mind may be full of images of heated court battles, gossip columns about contentious celebrity couples, and stories of friends who went through the ringer during their own divorce. However, there is another way! It is called an “amicable divorce.” An amicable divorce is a friendly divorce in

What Is An Amicable Divorce?2021-01-08T15:41:33+00:00

Who Pays For The Divorce Attorney?


The cost of an attorney can vary widely, from divorce attorneys who charge a flat $500 fee for uncontested divorces to upwards of $10,000 in contested cases. If there is not an agreement regarding children or high net worth individuals are involved, the expense can be even more extreme. This raises the question of

Who Pays For The Divorce Attorney?2020-12-17T17:36:54+00:00

Divorce Because Of Mental Illness


Dealing with a spouse who has a mental illness can be an extremely difficult undertaking. Many couples wind up filing for divorce due to mental health problems when a spouse can no longer tolerate the blowback caused by mental illness, such as abuse, infidelity, impulsivity, substance abuse, or financial mismanagement. Read on to learn

Divorce Because Of Mental Illness2020-10-12T18:46:16+00:00

How To Handle The Mortgage After Divorce


Dealing with a divorce with mortgage is a little more complicated than a no-property divorce. Your home may be the most valuable asset that you own together. It may also have sentimental value to you as being your first home or where your children grew up. You and your spouse will have to either

How To Handle The Mortgage After Divorce2020-09-24T13:19:43+00:00

Can A Power Of Attorney File For Divorce?


A power of attorney is a legal document that gives a trusted person, called the “agent,” the ability to perform certain tasks on your behalf. While you can often use a power of attorney to help with various aspects of divorce, the answer to “Can a power of attorney file for divorce?” is usually

Can A Power Of Attorney File For Divorce?2020-11-17T16:58:04+00:00

Social Security & Disability After Divorce


Many spouses who are disabled or who are married to someone who is disabled have many questions about disability benefits, divorce, and disability benefits. Spouses may pose questions to their attorneys like “I am disabled and my husband wants a divorce. What do I do?” or “Can my ex wife get my Social Security

Social Security & Disability After Divorce2020-09-27T13:51:40+00:00

Ex-Husband Won’t Pay Child Support


If you have searched for “my ex isn’t paying court-ordered child support,” you are far from alone. Back in 2017, it was estimated that $10 billion in court-ordered child support was not being collected - and that was before the COVID-19 pandemic that left millions of non-custodial parents unemployed. The U.S. Census reports that

Ex-Husband Won’t Pay Child Support2020-11-17T17:09:16+00:00
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