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Job change? Here's how to change child support

While couples argue about the figures, most agree that a child deserves to receive financial support to help pay for food, school supplies and the basic necessities that a child needs to lead a healthy productive life. Once a child support agreement is reached, most parents genuinely make every effort to stay up-to-date on payments, but there are times when doing so can become nearly impossible.

Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck using a divorce mediator

In the old days, when a couple decided to call it quits, the expectation was like that of a prize fight. Both spouses would go to their respective corners with their legal teams and prepare to duke it out. And, unlike boxing, divorcing couples often tried to land hits below the belt. Over the last decade, there's been a sea change happening in the world of divorce, though. It's a shift toward a spirit of cooperation. It's a reexamination of the efficacy of the old ways of doing business. This new collaborative law focuses of talking through issues.

Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner getting a divorce

Going through a divorce is hard enough, but when you add a substantial amount of wealth or fame to the equation, it ups the unpleasantness quotient tenfold. That's why many high-profile couples opt for a prenuptial agreement before the marriage and hire a team of attorneys and experts after things have gone south. We like to say that the wealthy and famous are just normal people, and this is true in most cases, but when it comes to high asset divorces, their situations are anything but normal.

Should you stick it out for the sake of the children?

We've all heard a parent say they're deciding to stay together for the sake of the children. It's been the prevailing wisdom for years that sticking it out through an unhappy marriage is the best thing you can do for the children. The idea is that getting a divorce can devastate a child beyond recognition. However, just because we've told ourselves this for decades doesn't mean it's the truth. In fact, in many cases, getting a divorce could be the best thing for the children.

Divorce in the digital age

Over the last decade, smartphones and tablets have become ubiquitous, and along with that evolution, we have become more connected than ever before in human history. With the touch of a button, you can share the most intimate joys and tragedies of your life with an entire circle of friends and family. But social media like Instagram, Facebook and Twitter are double-edged swords. The power to share all this information instantaneously is intoxicating, but it can have unintended consequences.

Child custody: what happens if one parent abducts a child?

The process of divorce can be emotionally debilitating. Both parents are fighting over issues of property division, child support, alimony and child custody. Even after everything is settled, emotions can run wild and lead parents to do things that defy reason. Oftentimes, one parent is upset about how the courts decided a custody agreement and let their anger get the best of them. They might choose to take matters into their own hands, which is never a good idea.

Sheltering a personal injury award in a divorce

One of the questions that comes up from time to time in divorce is what a spouse can do to safeguard a personal injury award. After all, settlements and awards from lawsuits can often amount to huge sums and a divorcing partner might see dollar signs when it comes time for property division. Unfortunately, there are no one-size-fits-all rules for how settlements are divided in a divorce. In fact, division of this type of property depends on a wide variety of factors.

What types of expenses does child support cover?

Many people think of child support as a way to cover the bare minimum. In other words, if a child has clothes, shelter and food, that should be enough. However, modern psychiatry tells us that children need more than this to grow up to be well-rounded, healthy individuals and, in the end, that's what both parents typically want for their children. For that reason, child support covers a broad range of expenses that contribute to the child's lifestyle.

Is divorce mediation for you?

The term divorce mediation probably conjures images of drum circles and sharing feelings in a therapist's office full of herbal teas and coffee table books like "I'm OK, You're OK." The truth is, when you're going through a divorce, everything is far from OK. And mediation may feel like the last thing that will work, especially with emotions as high as they are. But collaborative law can be cheaper and faster than a traditional divorce and there's nothing on the books that says once you try mediation that you can't then go the traditional route.

What are the different kinds of child custody?

Going through a divorce can be an incredibly emotional experience. You are asked to work out issues of alimony, property division, child support and child custody, all of which are topics that can take a toll on your mental health. On top of the emotional stress, you are thrown into a world of confusing legal terms and procedures that only add to the feelings of being overwhelmed.

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