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Prepare for divorce with 4 steps

Filing for a divorce is major. Perhaps more so when your spouse will be blindsided by you doing so. If you have children, that really can add to the gravity of the decision. What are you waiting for? Many people think there will be a right time but aren't properly preparing for that right time to come.

What can child support be used for?

If you have gone through a divorce, you are likely finding that it takes time for your finances to get back on track. You must adjust to one income and full responsibility for bills, and if you are not the primary custodian of your children, you may have the added expense of child support.

Knowing your rights and obligations regarding child support

The end of a relationship is a tough and emotional time. When children are involved, it can be even more emotionally draining. There are numerous things to consider that need to be addressed when a relationship ends, and there are children to take care of; matters such as who the child will live with, what is in the best interests of the child and how to minimize the impact on the child. Regardless of the issues that caused the demise of the relationship, both parents want what's best for their children.

Understanding the collaborative law process

The dissolution of a relationship is an emotional, life-changing time that is extremely difficult for all involved. In many cases, dealing with all that is involved when a relationship ends, results in confrontational conflicts that may sometimes seem impossible to resolve. Often there is arguing, fighting, and overall strife between the former partners. Thanks to the relatively new process of collaborative law, however, this doesn't have to be the case.

Should a high asset divorce risk prompt an estate plan?

It's definitely no secret that a large number of all marriages end in divorce. That being said, not everyone that has been divorced refrains from doing it all over again later. When individuals that have spent their entire lives building their wealth look to remarry later in life, it may be beneficial to include a prenuptial agreement as part of their estate plan.

Marital property abandonment

Not too often, but occasionally, a spouse simply wants out of their marriage and may try to do so by any means possible. Unfortunately, moving out of the marital home and walking away from a spouse and marital property does not mean the marriage is over. It may not even constitute abandonment. However, when a spouse wants out of a marriage so badly that they refuse to uphold their financial obligations, it may be said that they have abandoned their spouse.

Child support takes special consideration during divorce

Practically every aspect of divorce is emotionally driven and can become quite heated in the courtroom. The aspect of child support is no different and is an important factor to consider when facing divorce. Regardless of if you are the paying parent, or the receiving parent, working with an experienced family law attorney can help make sense of child support as it pertains to your situation.

What parental factors affect child custody?

During a divorce, the family court often considers the child's best interest when determining child custody. While the best interest model is the most commonly used method to determine child custody, it only accounts for half of the equation. In addition to the best interest of a child, the family court considers parental factors as well. Staying informed of what parental factors can affect child custody may help divorcing parents better prepare themselves for a family court's questions and considerations.

The foundation for good co-parenting

Many times the children of divorced parents recall all the arguments that led up to the dissolution of their parent?s marriage. While parents may try to stick it out for their children, it is not uncommon for their children to just want the arguing to end. When parents finally decide divorce is the best option, their children?s frustrations may be momentarily relieved; that is until the litigated divorce process leads parents back into the boxing ring. For parents that truly want to stop the arguing and move forward effectively parenting their children, the collaborative divorce approach may be the best option.

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