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Divorce and the need to update estate planning documents

When you are in the midst of a divorce, there is a lot of paperwork to do and many details to keep track of. Unfortunately, some details are frequently overlooked, and failure to attend to them can cause trouble years after the divorce has been finalized.

Estate planning is a good example. Individuals who draft an estate plan during their marriage often have their spouse listed as the primary beneficiary of their assets and possessions. Their spouse may also be listed as the beneficiary on life insurance policies and similar documents. If beneficiary designations are never changed after divorce, the oversight could lead to some messy court battles.

New divorce coping method involves guns and marriage memorabilia

4898229_S.jpgOur post earlier this week focused on finding healthy ways to cope with the changes brought about by divorce and child custody disputes. Many divorcees choose to seek therapy for themselves and their children. Some find support in members of their church or from close friends.

Then there are those who cope in less-traditional ways. In the past decade or so, "divorce parties" have become a popular way to celebrate the transition back to being single. More recently, divorce party themes have been evolving to include some creative ways to blow off divorce-related steam. Getting divorced? How about a trip to the firing range?

The difficulty of adapting to the changes that come with divorce

19503714_S.jpgWhile change is a necessary part of life, it can be the hardest thing for humans to do. This is one of the reasons that divorce tends to be so difficult for all members of the family. When mom and dad's marital status changes, kids may find that their living arrangements change with it.

The good news is that although change is hard, we are all capable of adaptation. For some recently divorced parents, the most difficult adaptation period they face is the first time that they are separated from their children due to child custody arrangements.

The devastating effects of parental alienation syndrome: Part II

Thumbnail image for 7221800_S.jpgEarlier this week, we began a discussion about parental alienation syndrome (PAS), sometimes referred to as just parental alienation. It is an increasingly recognized problem associated with acrimonious divorces and child custody disputes. It should be noted, however, that divorce and custody disputes are not the only scenarios that can lead to PAS, nor are all acrimonious family law disputes considered PAS.

Quite simply put, parental alienation syndrome is a campaign perpetrated by one parent to brainwash the children into hating/fearing/distrusting the other parent. Not only is PAS devastating to the targeted parent, it is also devastating to the child or children involved. Many scholars have officially recognized PAS as a form of child abuse.

The devastating effects of parental alienation syndrome: Part I

21089419_S.jpgWhen a couple is headed for divorce or is in the midst of one, it is understandable that the two spouses will be prone to heated arguments, accusations and unkind words. Couples with children usually try to shield their kids from witnessing these arguments because they don't want to put their children through the emotional and psychological trauma that parental conflict can create.

Sadly, some parents not only expose their kids to parental conflict, they force them to participate in it. The term "parental alienation" has been around for at least two decades, but has only recently become widely known and understood. This week's posts will focus on educating readers about parental alienation, including its severe psychological and emotional consequences on children and targeted parents.

Gray divorce: Protecting the retirement benefits of each spouse

18085861_S.jpgGetting divorced as a relatively young couple has its hardships and risks. This includes disputes over child custody. Individuals who are just beginning their careers may also have a difficult time affording their current lifestyle without their spouse's added income.

Many of these issues go away or become less prevalent as couples get older and as their children move out of the house. But divorce later in life - often called "gray divorce" - has its own unique challenges. For many couples, the biggest risk in getting divorced after age 50 is the loss of significant portions of their retirement savings.

Tax season can get complicated by divorce and custody: Part II

9185790_S.jpgIn our last post, we began a discussion about tax complications that can arise after a divorce or child custody case. Perhaps you have filed taxes the same way for years and now have questions about deductions, dependent credits and other issues. Perhaps you are not used to filing taxes on your own because your spouse always took care of financial matters.

In today's post, we'll continue the conversation about how your taxes may change this year if you have gone through a significant change in family structure and/or living arrangements.

Tax season can get complicated by divorce and custody: Part I

17542382_S.jpgWith January coming to a close, we are now entering tax season (although most Americans will inevitably procrastinate for at least a couple more months). If you have experienced a major change in job or family circumstances in the past year, your tax return may be more complicated than it has been in the past.

This is the experience many Americans have after going through a divorce and child custody dispute. Which parent claims head of household if child custody is shared? Which divorce-related benefits are tax-deductible and which are not? These are some of the many questions you may be facing this year.

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