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Helpful pieces of advice for divorcing women

Since it has been said that women initiate a majority of divorces in America, it behooves us to provide a post on divorce advice for moms and moms-to-be who are embroiled in disputes involving custody, child support and property division. After all, a majority of single family homes are headed by women, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Also, less than half of such women receive full and regular child support payments. There is also a notion that women do not fare as well with property division, even though it is relatively unfounded.

With that, we offer some helpful advice for moms going through divorce.

Elements surrounding Halloween parenting time disputes

With Halloween coming in a couple of weeks, some of our readers may be experiencing difficulty with deciding where their child will go Trick-or-Treating. In some instances, parenting time disputes may become vindictive in that a parent may not even want a child to take part in this annual event.

With parenting time disputes, there are a number of ways to reach an accord where parents do not feel as if they are being slighted. It is not uncommon for the child to go on two (or more) Trick-or-Treating adventures. 

Three ways to avoid financial calamities during divorce

Dealing with finances is one of the troubling emotional issues that must be dealt with during a divorce. After all, heartbreak is difficult enough to deal with; adding financial issues is like adding insult to injury. If you are going through a divorce, there are several ways to avoid the financial pain that can come about. This post will provide some helpful tips.

Start a financial separation – Once you know that a divorce has been initiated, it is helpful to close any joint bank accounts, credit cards and credit lines. Until you have a temporary order or a final order, your soon-to-be ex-spouse has the right to access these accounts and spend like crazy, and potentially leave you with the bill. Indeed, it is possible to obtain an order to make things right and hold a vengeful spouse accountable, but the trouble of going through such an exercise can be avoided. 

Three things to do after your divorce is finalized

Depending upon your appetite for celebrity relationship gossip, the recent announcement of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s impending divorce may, or may not be, a surprise. Those who closely follow tabloid news saw this coming. Those who don’t are probably wondering what went wrong in their relationship.

As of this writing, chances are that no petitions have been filed in court, but one thing is certain. If and when their divorce is finalized, there are a number of things they will do to protect their interests as individuals. This post will highlight a couple of things they are likely to do, and will serve as an example for couples in the midst of a divorce as they plan their post-divorce lives. 

Elements that custody evaluators consider

Custody evaluators are third parties who are either appointed by the court, or agreed to by the parents, to make recommendations to the court regarding legal custody, physical custody and parenting time. Custody evaluations are not easy. In fact, most parents in Maryland dread them. The notion of having someone who they barely know make a decision about a relationship with their child can seem unfair. Regardless, custody evaluations are a normal (and vital) part of the process, so it is best to be prepared for them.

This post will review a few of the things that custody evaluators look for.

What do courts consider in move away cases

It is an unfortunate, yet common part of divorce; one parent may choose to move away with the children. Sometimes a change is necessary because a parent recently receives a new job or promotion that takes them to a new city or state. In some instances, a parent may move to be closer to a family based support system. In others, a parent has fallen in love again and wants to further a new romantic relationship.

Regardless of the reasons, Maryland law requires a custodial parent to seek the court’s permission before moving to another jurisdiction. After all, family court judges have a vested interest in preserving relationships between children and non-custodial parents. 

What to do when a child does not want to visit

During a divorce or child custody dispute, parents may deal with situations where a child will not want to spend time with a non-custodial parent. Essentially, instances may arise where a child becomes anxious about exchanges or may be hostile about going over to the other parent’s home. This may occur when a child hasn’t seen a parent for a while or ties something emotionally jarring to the other parent’s home.

When this occurs, there are several things parents can do to alleviate the child’s fears. This post will explore them.

Three tips for handling new routines and a new school year

Change is not always easy. It may seem cliché, but it is true. Just like kids must go through an adjustment period when a new school year starts, so must parents; especially when they have recently gone through a separation or recently completed a divorce. To avoid these complications (or at least to mitigate them) it is critically important for parents to put aside their personal differences and work together for the benefit of the children.

This post will highlight several things that can help.

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.

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