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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. 

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. 

Can't get along with your ex? Alternatives to co-parenting.

It seemed to begin with Gwyneth Paltrow. Her "conscious uncoupling" with lead rocker of Coldplay shined a light on the co-parenting movement. This Hollywood couple was doing their best to put their kids first, slowly ending their marriage while attempting to keep their roles as parents unaltered. In theory, this sounds wonderful. In reality, it just does not work for every couple.

Three kinds of couples who should consider divorce mediation

Divorce is a notoriously stressful and high-conflict experience, but it doesn't have to be. The standard divorce litigation process tends to pit one spouse against the other, which can fuel conflict and negative emotions. An alternative process called divorce mediation focuses on structured communication and problem solving to find common ground.

How long will my divorce take to resolve?

Time is precious. It is therefore not surprising that most people involved in legal disputes are concerned about how long their case will take to resolve. Unfortunately, even the most straightforward cases can take a significant amount of time to wind their way through the legal system. Divorce cases are not unique in this respect. Thankfully, there are things that you can do to avoid having your divorce process last longer than is necessary.

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