Co-Parenting Strategies

on Dec 6, 2017 in Divorce

Most families going through divorce manage to maintain some contact through the children.  Whether you made the decision to divorce as a team, or one person unilaterally made the decision to divorce, you will always have children in common.  Different couples find different ways to co-parent the children.  Without question, co-parenting is better for the children, as opposed to two parents both unilaterally parenting children in common with no communication between the adults.  Obviously, there are some exceptions to this approach, including where there is a history of physical or sexual abuse by one parent.  However, in most situations, each parent will have at least some contact with the children.  In those situations, co-parenting strategies can be applied. There...

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When You Cannot Agree on Child Custody and Parenting Time. . .

on Dec 5, 2017 in Child Custody

These days, many, if not most couples, are able to come to some agreement on child custody and parenting time arrangements.  Even couples who do not begin divorce proceedings on the same page often manage to come to agreement after working with their lawyers.  Sometimes, these agreements are also helped along by collaborative divorce proceedings or mediation.  However, there are times when parents just cannot agree about child custody and parenting time issues.  When all attempts to come to agreement about child custody fail, a judge decides child custody and parenting time. While a judge considers these important matters, who gets the children, for how long, and under what conditions, there are certain behaviors that should be avoided at...

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4 Mediation Benefits to Consider

on Nov 29, 2017 in Divorce

If you are facing a divorce, you have a lot of choices to make.  Once you decide divorce may be the right solution for you and your family, your first task is finding the right divorce attorney.  After that has been accomplished, you will be asked to identify and list all property, discuss the needs of the children, review retirement accounts, and a host of other details.  At some point, you may be asked to consider mediation.  Of course, there are many benefits to mediation.  A few of these benefits are discussed below. Mediation is Not Binding If you and your spouse cannot agree on property division, alimony, child support, and parenting time, you can go to court and...

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Considerations When Deciding Whether to Keep or Change Your Last Name

on Nov 25, 2017 in Divorce

When women divorce, consideration must be given to whether or not to keep their married name.  There are arguments both for and against keeping one’s last name. As with many decisions during the divorce process, there is no simple answer to the question.  What works for one woman will not feel right for another.  Below are some considerations frequently mentioned by women who have made the decision to keep their married name, or revert to their maiden name. Your Last Name as Your Identity Many people consider their last name as part of their identity.  This can cut both ways.  If you have only been married a short period of time, you may wish to revert back to your...

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Why a Prenuptial Agreement is Something to be Thankful For

on Nov 23, 2017 in Divorce

Many people think a prenuptial agreement is an acknowledgement, before the marriage even gets started, that the marriage is doomed to end in divorce.  These people probably aren’t people who have dealt with the pain of a divorce.  In the worst cases, divorce can require complex and drawn out litigation, fighting about every piece of property, every possession, every minute of parenting time, and every penny of alimony.  A prenuptial agreement can prevent nearly all litigation.  This saves time, emotional investment, and, frankly, sizable attorney’s fees. Prenuptial Agreements Provide Clarity Couples with prenuptial agreements don’t have to worry about the uncertainty of whether alimony will be awarded, or in what amounts.  Alimony is one of many things that can...

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