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Do you know what to include in a parenting agreement?

There is a common misconception that a child custody case always goes to court. While there are times when this happens, it doesn't have to be the way things work out.

It‘s possible that both parents, with the help of their attorneys and a mediator, can work through the process to settle on a parenting agreement that works for both individuals.

Property division: Can I keep my house?

Let's imagine for a moment that you've been married for 15 years. Before getting married you had the good fortune to pay off the mortgage on your home. Your husband moved in with you after getting married and the two of you enjoyed the last decade and a half in the same home.

However, your marriage is now irrevocably coming to an end, and you're terrified about what's going to happen to your pride and joy: your home. Can your husband take half the value of your property? What's going to happen to your residence during the asset division process?

Plan carefully for your divorce mediation

Divorcing your husband is a big step. There are a few different ways that the divorce issues can be resolved. One of these is through mediation. When an agreement through mediation isn't possible, you can have the court make determinations about what is going to happen with regard to child custody, property and other issues.

During the mediation process, you and your ex will have to work together with the help of a mediator to come to agreements over issues related to the divorce. There are several things you can do to make the mediation process a bit easier.

3 ways to make your divorce simple for your kids to handle

No one wants to go through a divorce, but if the time has come, it's best to handle it with grace and dignity. Your children watch and see what you and your spouse do during this difficult time in your life. They could become stressed and uncertain, or they can become empowered by how their parents work together even though they're no longer happy living together.

There are a number of ways you can make your divorce easier on your children. Some include talking to them about what's happening, explaining a divorce in age-appropriate terms and getting their input.

Will divorce affect your plans for spring break?

In the last few decades, spring break has become an industry unto itself. Many people book the next year's spring break trip just as soon as they return from this year's. That helps ensure that there are rooms available for lodging. Travel arrangements are often made a little closer to the actual date of the trip, but chances are, you already have your plans set in stone when the New Year rolls around. Unfortunately, if you've filed for divorce between last year's spring break and now, there could be child custody issues that will impact the perfect spring break trip you have planned.

If your former spouse received temporary custody during the divorce, you may not be able to take your children with you on the trip. Alternatively, they may be planning to go, along with the children, and leave you at home. Just as holidays and summer vacation can create issues with parenting schedules, so too can spring break plans. If you are in the process of divorcing or are about to file for divorce, any planned or upcoming trips you have scheduled may need to be canceled, rescheduled or negotiated as part of the custody agreement between you and your former spouse.

What happens when you disagree about child custody in a divorce?

For many couples who are looking at divorcing, custody of any marital children is likely to be a major issue. In most cases, the issue is because both parents love their children and want to be a part of their daily lives. Weekend and rotating holiday visitation may simply not seem like enough.

In rare cases, one spouse is trying to protect children from an ex who was previously physically abusive, while the abusive ex seeks custody as a means to punish and destabilize the other parent. Sometimes, one parent may fight for a better custody arrangement to reduce his or her child support obligation.

10 things your custody plan should include with a toddler

Life with a toddler is a whirlwind, and even more so after a divorce. As you're working on your parenting plan and custody agreement, make sure you stop to consider the unique challenges of life with your young child. The plan should be crafted to address them and make life easier all around - for you, your toddler, and your ex. Below are a few things to consider including:

Can recreational marijuana use affect my child custody case?

Now that recreational marijuana usage has been legalized - at least on the state level - all up and down the West Coast, if you are a parent who likes to indulge, you may feel this has given you the green light. But if you are going through a divorce or a contested custody battle, you might want to wait before sparking one up.

The gift of an effective parenting plan during the holidays

As the holidays approach, your stress may be increasing due to an uptick in activities, including parties, shopping and family dinners. As a single parent, this can be even more overwhelming. One way to reduce stress during the holidays is to have an effective parenting plan in place.

A structured parenting plan will not only relieve tension for you, but it will alleviate any stress your child may be experiencing as well. Regardless of the state of your and your ex-spouse's relationship, this is the time of year to put your children first so that they can have happy memories of the season.

How divorce will affect this year's taxes

Among all of the factors that you consider during your divorce or separation, federal tax issues are probably far down on your list of priorities. However, divorce can significantly affect your tax return, and its implications should be seriously weighed when negotiating your divorce decree.

Keep the following points in mind to avoid common tax pitfalls after divorce:

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