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How much will a divorce cost? Pt.3

46326259_S.jpgUnderstanding your expenses after a divorce allows you to look at the property division portion of your divorce settlement in a meaningful way. You may think that receiving the family home is a victory, but understanding the process that you will need to go through in order to pay off the mortgage and refinance while buying out your spouse's share could change your mind.

How much will a divorce cost? Pt.2

36333071_S.jpgThe world of your finances after your divorce may seem hidden. You may think that there are too many unknowns to deal with and that you will just have to wait until your divorce is final before you can get your arms around the actual numbers.

How petty fights with a co-parent may hurt you

29272423_S.jpgParenting isn't easy to begin with; it is much more difficult with a parent who is out to undermine you at every opportunity. This is what most parents who are in the midst of a divorce or custody battle feel like. To address this issue, it is common for one parent to try to cut the other out of major decisions or to limit parenting time because of how combative the other parent can be over the simplest of decisions.

How much will a divorce cost?

9171753_S.jpgNo, this is not a metaphysical question of the psychological costs of a divorce. That question is always difficult, but its answer is inherently intangible and you are the only one who can truthfully provide an answer.

Could your child be adopted without your consent?

969262_S.jpgIn Missouri, it could happen. It has happened. A man is dealing with just that circumstance after he found out that his daughter, who is only three-years-old, was adopted by the girl's maternal great-grandparents. In most cases, a father would have a right to object to such a transaction, but because he lacked legal documentation of his paternity, it was possible for the mother to set up the adoption without his knowledge or consent.

Will a "bird's nest" work for your custody? Part 2

28402965_S.jpgIn our last post, we were discussing the issues related custody of children and how to cope with the challenges of moving children from one home to another. Some parents have opted to use a relatively new form of child custody, known as "bird's nest custody."

Will a "bird's nest" work for your custody?

10745492_S.jpgThere comes a time during a divorce that the parents have to decide how to handle the custody arrangements for their child or children. Traditionally, the children went with their mother and the father received "visitation" a few time a month. The mother might have stayed in the family home while the father would move out.

How do judges make the decisions the do?

15388037_S.jpgCourt proceedings are often confusing to participants. Family law cases involve very specific factual situations that often bring with them very strong feelings. For those involved, it can be difficult to separate the emotional from the legal and they may wind up being frustrated or disappointed in the outcome.

It may seem amusing until the cops get called in

13996189_S.jpgIt probably happens thousands of time a day across the nation. A parent takes a child's cellphone away due to some transgression. While cellphones have become embedded in the culture and society, a child's possession of a cellphone is still a matter of parental discretion.

Now there is even an app for divorce

20310302_S.jpgTechnology has had an impact on divorce in this country. Cellphones, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook have already played roles in divorce cases. Errant spouses may use the phones to plan illicit meetings while their spouses may use them to track those meetings.

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