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Lessons for healing after a divorce

The emotional and financial trials of a divorce are unfortunately a common part of dissolving a relationship. Because of this, many may think that it is a sign of personal failure that will live with them forever. However, you should think of the process as part of a new beginning, not simply the death of a relationship. This post will include some helpful lessons on how to heal as you go through the process and after the decree is final.

Lesson 1 – Live for you: It might seem obvious, but it is important to do whatever is right for you in order to heal properly. It may not be the most popular thing, but your happiness will be contagious as your children (if there are any) will benefit as well.

Six tips to help children through a divorce

When many people decide to divorce, they may consider how their own lives will change, but they may not always consider how the end of a marriage may affect the children that must endure such a change.   Indeed, research suggests that some kids will have emotional and academic problems because of a divorce, but other children may be resilient and won’t miss a beat.

Ultimately, you may not know how your children will react until it actually happens. Nevertheless, divorcing parents can take the following steps protect kids from additional harm.

Why some angry couples prolong divorces

In our years as divorce attorneys, we encounter our share of angry couples. While the reasons may be as diverse as the couples themselves, there are certain dynamics that we see with every warring couple. These idiosyncrasies sometimes work to keep the couple together; even though they are miserable with each other. But when a couple decides to divorce, sometimes the anger keeps the couple together as well. This post will identify some of the reasons angry people seem to work to prolong a divorce.

The fight for power – Angry people are less likely to cede power whether it was over finances, parenting decisions or their spouse’s actions. When this happens, the divorce process is likely to continue as spouses battle over everything.

Could a support modification help with school expenses?

It’s no secret that a new school year is nearly upon us. If you haven’t noticed by all the new offerings in Target, Kohl’s or Walmart, the back to school commercials have likely given you a clue. Because of this, newly divorced and separated parents may have disputes over who will be responsible for covering back to school shopping.

This is likely because a parent who is paying child support may be unwilling to pay additional money without the ability to decide how it is spent. At the same time, a parent receiving support may not have the same ability to cover additional expenses attributed to extra-curricular activities, such as ballet classes, piano lessons or football uniforms. 

Things to consider when telling kids about a divorce

Whether you are contemplating a divorce, or are currently filing a petition, it is likely that people will have questions about your decision and may wonder what will happen next.  Indeed, it may not be easy answering a myriad questions about your future from family and friends, but it can be especially difficult to do when children come asking. After all, kids are not likely to understand the concept of divorce and may be concerned about two people they love going their separate ways.

As such, parents should take great care in telling their kids about a divorce. This post will provide some helpful tips. 

Promises divorcing parents should make to each other

It may go without saying, but divorces may bring out the worst in people. For those divorcees who are parents, it is very important for them to realize that kids are watching what they say and do, even if it seems like they are in their own worlds and not paying attention.

Because of that, parents engaged in child custody and parenting time battles must do their best to temper their emotions and keep their kids first. To that end, we offer the following tips to divorcing parents.

Seeking support modifications for back to school shopping?

Major League Baseball calls August, the “dog days of summer.” The NFL calls it “The Countdown to Kickoff.” Democrats and Republicans have their national conventions in August.

For kids getting ready to go back to school, August could be torture (because of the anticipation of a new school or school year), or it could be a feast of boredom that will last a few weeks. Either way, August means that back to school shopping will be a priority.

Three tips for remedying missed parenting time

We hope our readers had a fantastic Fourth of July weekend. Indeed, this is an amazing the time of year because families enjoy the summer weather and have opportunities to take vacations and make lifelong memories.  However, it is an unfortunate reality for some parents (particularly fathers) because they can’t spend time with their kids, because of a dispute with the other parent.

But what if you were supposed to have parenting time over the weekend and did not? This post will provide a few helpful tips. 

Can social media rants affect your case?

With the way we use social media these days, it is understandable that everything in our lives can be shared with the masses with just a few keystrokes. But with every funny video we share or vintage picture we unearth, we are also quick to publicly admonish those we despise.  

That said, it is increasingly common for relationship troubles to be broadcast across Facebook or Twitter. However, the people who send these messages or make these posts may not think about their long term implications; especially in the heat of the moment, and particularly when they are in the midst of a divorce or custody dispute

Times when you should not start a divorce

Few blog post talk about the worst (or inopportune) times to call your marriage quits. Despite your feelings about your soon-to-be ex-spouse, timing is everything; even with divorce. After all, who wants to ruin a family gathering, be the bane of a child’s existence or, even worse, lose out on bonus money?

With that said, we lay out some of the worst times to initiate a divorce.

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