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Divorce prep 101: Find a good attorney and brace for impact

6790874_S.jpgThe time between filing for divorce and finalizing it can be a few months or a few years. While the timeline itself is uncertain, this is just one of many uncertainties you will face. That's one reason why divorce is so stressful.

In order to maintain your sanity and preserve your emotional/psychological wellbeing, it is important to find coping strategies. In today's post we'll talk about two. The first is to expect and mentally prepare for the unexpected. The second is to invest in people you can trust and depend on, particularly your family law attorney.

Fathers' rights topic: A new perspective on post-divorce parenting

12675686_S.jpgIt has been said that there are no guarantees in life, only opportunities. This is often overlooked in discussions about parenting after divorce. If you are a divorced dad and your child custody situation in unfair and unbalanced, you may need to look at your parenting time as an opportunity rather than a loss.

This was the advice given by author Joel Schwartzberg in a recent Huffington Post article. He argues that even if your custody agreement gives you minimal time with your kids, you still get to be their father.

Child custody modifications and how to seek them: Part II

29493362_S.jpgIn our last post we discussed the two ways in which child custody agreements can be modified. If you and your child's other parent are unable to negotiate a change and formalize it in a consent decree, you can file a motion in court seeking a custody modification.

This cannot be done for simply any reason. If you are filing the motion to modify the current agreement, you must demonstrate that a "substantial change in circumstances" has occurred and warrants a modification of custody. Today, we'll discuss some substantial changes that qualify.

Child custody modifications and how to seek them: Part I

Many parents who go through a divorce and child custody dispute are left feeling defeated when everything has been finalized. This is especially true for parents who did not receive primary custody.

But it's important to remember that a finalized child custody agreement is not necessarily a permanent one. As time goes on and circumstances change, child custody orders can be modified. This can occur either as the result of a consent order or a motion filed with the courts.

The dreaded discussion: Telling your kids about divorce, Part II

25865349_S.jpgEarlier this week, we began a discussion about breaking the news of divorce to your children. This is not an easy conversation to have, nor will it be painless. Nonetheless, how you tell your children about the divorce can make a big difference in how well they process and cope with the news.

We've already discussed planning what you're going to say ahead of time and finding the most appropriate time and setting in which to break the news. Today, we'll share more advice on talking to your kids about divorce, including what you and your spouse can do in the days, weeks and months following the initial conversation.

The dreaded discussion: Telling your kids about divorce, Part I

Thumbnail image for 28184433_S.jpgIf you and your spouse are planning to divorce and you have children, breaking the news to them is probably something you are dreading. This feeling is understandable, given that parental divorce is often a major source of stress, anxiety and sadness for kids.

There may be no perfectly right way to break the news but some strategies are definitely better than others. Moreover, if you and your spouse will likely be sharing custody after the divorce, this talk with your children will be your first co-parenting experience and could set the tone for the future.

Protecting yourself from joint debt problems in divorce: Part II

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In our last post, we began a discussion about the financial risks and pitfalls that can come with divorce. Most couples choose to jointly open bank accounts and credit card accounts as well as take out home and auto loans together. This makes sense when you are married and your incomes and assets are comingled.

But when you decide to divorce, splitting up these financial obligations can be a headache. Moreover, most creditors do not care that you are getting a divorce. As long as both names and signatures are on an account, both spouses can be held responsible for any debts or outstanding payments.

Protecting yourself from joint debt problems in divorce: Part I

13151649_S.jpgDivorce is difficult for many reasons and in many ways. From a practical financial standpoint, getting a divorce means separating the income, assets and debts of two adults who had previously been operating as a single household.

When the emotional aspects of divorce get mixed in with an already complicated financial split, things can get messy. In this week's posts, we'll discuss some ways to make a clean financial break and minimize the risk that your spouse's money decisions ruin your current and future credit.

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