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.

What Is A Bifurcated Divorce?


A bifurcated divorce is a divorce that is split into two or more parts. A bifurcated divorce technically ends a marriage but delays the resolution of the issues in dispute until a later date, according to the American Bar Association Journal. This allows the parties to move on from the relationship, and possibly even

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How Divorce Affects Inheritances


One of the most complex aspects of divorce is figuring out how to divide marital assets between you and your spouse. However, before you even get to this step, you first have to determine what is subject to that division. There are likely assets that you owned before the marriage that you expect to

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Free Legal Aid During Divorce


For most couples, divorce is costly. Even if you agree on everything, you may still have two sets of attorney bills, court costs, discovery costs, and other unexpected resources. However, you may be able to receive free legal assistance to help you manage these expenses, such as free divorce lawyer advice, a free divorce

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Missing Your Kids After Divorce


One of the hardest things about divorce is missing your kids when they’re not with you. If you have hardly spent any time away from your kids, this may come as a complete shock to you. Whether you have shared custody or you only get to see your kids one weekend a month, you

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What Is A Divorce Decree?


A divorce decree is a legal document that signifies that a couple is divorced. It is the divorce court’s final judgment in the case. This document formally ends your marriage. It also sets out specific instructions the spouses must follow. If a spouse does not obey the order, there may be consequences. Read on

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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