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Helping your children understand an amicable divorce

The last thing you and your spouse wanted was a bitter divorce. It was important to both of you to keep rancor out of the process for the sake of your children especially. But to your consternation, the kids are bewildered by the breakup. It does not make sense to them.

Because the kids are not taking the divorce the way you assumed they would, you are facing issues you did not expect, but there are positive steps you can take to resolve those issues.

Could social media affect your divorce?

Money might be the number one reason that couples divorce, but social media also contributes to many breakups. Social media activity can also impact your divorce proceedings, especially in situations where the finances are complex and there is a lot of animosity. 

If you are going through a divorce, you might want to consider how social media could affect your negotiations. 

The value of effective listening skills in divorce

Divorce rates have consistently hovered around the 50 percent mark for some time, and with its increased acceptance has come some insight into behaviors that can effectively minimize the stress. According to The Huffington Post, the most commonly cited reason for a divorce is poor communication. If communication issues have led to your split, you can still navigate divorce more easily by developing and applying active listening skills. Here are a few reasons such skills can benefit you. 

Setting up a visitation schedule that works for everybody

The arrangements that follow divorce can be contentious and stressful to negotiate, but it does not have to be that way. If both parents commit to being mature, flexible and compassionate, creating a visitation schedule that works for everybody is entirely possible. According to the Washington Post, children who have parents who share custody fare far better than those who are raised by a single parent. It is worth it to make the arrangements work, and you can get a head start on the goal by taking the following tips into consideration.

Understanding retirement plans and divorce

When it comes to divorce, one of the most contentious aspects is determining the fair division of assets. If one or both partners has a retirement plan established, it can be tricky to agree on a division for the account. The value of such a plan will vary, but if it has been built on continual savings as experts recommend, it may be substantial. There are a few important principles you should understand if you or your partner will be negotiating how a retirement plan is split. 

What laws govern interstate child support payments?

Attempting to recover child support payments can feel like a two-way battle. Not only is the parent of your child shirking their responsibility, you now have to work harder to make ends meet for you and your child.

Although child support is administered at the state level, federal regulations have made the process more uniform and easier to enforce across state lines. Let's take a look at the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act that manages jurisdiction in cases of interstate child support.

4 reasons everybody should sign a prenuptial agreement

Many people think that prenups are only for the rich and famous. Though celebrities may have more at stake, a prenuptial agreement is a wise move for any couple preparing to get married. There are several reasons every person should sign an agreement prior to marriage, including protection of separate assets. Here are four other reasons everybody should consider signing a prenuptial agreement. 

Address the tax implications of divorce early

The tax consequences of divorce are not usually top of mind for individuals as they begin the legal process of ending a marriage. Financial concerns are considered, but more so in terms of the costs of splitting one household into two.

It becomes apparent at some point that the changes that occur in divorce can have significant financial ramifications in terms of taxes paid. It is wise to work with an attorney who understands how the decisions you make will affect your tax returns and help you plan accordingly.

Smash some glass and opt for a less stressful divorce

Shawn Baker has turned people's stress into a business opportunity. She's not a psychologist, doesn't rub out tension through a massage, and is not creating sensible diets that help clients find their inner zen.

Baker lets people release anxiety by smashing stuff. Customers at her Houston-based Tantrums LLC choose their destructive weapon of choice - a baseball bat, a sledgehammer, a lead pipe, etc. - and swing away at TVs, dishes, tile, pictures and other breakables.

Is 'Bird's Nest' Custody A Good Idea?

Children are often referred to as innocent victims of divorce. However, because parents today are increasingly sensitive to the psychological trauma that divorce can produce, many are pursuing strategies to minimize the upheaval that divorce creates in their children's lives.

One strategy that is becoming more common is "bird's nest" custody (or simply "nesting"). This relatively new approach allows children to stay in a primary residence while the parents rotate in and out according to the schedule determined by their parenting plan. In other words, a mother lives somewhere else during a dad's parenting time and vice versa.

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