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Divorce creates need for changes in estate plans

If you are divorcing your spouse, there will be a lot of changes on your horizon. Many may be thrust upon you unwillingly, but others will come about because of actions that you initiate.

One change that you may need to make is to alter your estate plan documents when you divorce. If you are like most people, your estate planning documents may name your spouse as beneficiary on your pension and other important documents.

Don't let contentious custody battles intimidate you

Auburn parents who are going through a divorce typically struggle the most with coming up with workable custody arrangements that satisfy both parties. But getting to that point can involve a lot of contentious bickering.

The situation can sometimes even escalate into physical battles or vengeful tactics that benefit no one — least of all the minor children. There is a better way, and the following tips may bring you closer to solving your custody dilemmas.

3 tips for a better divorce

Divorce doesn't have to be frustrating and anxiety-ridden, yet many situations do end up that way. Sometimes, both spouses fight over every little thing. Other times, a lack of communication makes it hard to talk to one another at all. Fortunately, you can make a divorce much easier if you're willing to consider negotiating and being reasonable.

As someone going through a divorce, there are a few things you can do to make it better. These tips include working with your attorney from the start, approaching your divorce like a business arrangement and being reasonable when negotiating.

Unmarried fathers in Washington have parenting rights

There are a lot of myths and misinformation floating around about divorce, parental rights and unmarried families. In recent decades, it has become increasingly common for couples to commit to one another and even start a family without formally marrying.

People may have any number of reasons for choosing not to marry their partner. There are typically very few issues related to not being married as long as you stay a couple. When you split up, however, the potential arises for substantial complications.

3 ways to be a successful co-parent

If you and your spouse have separated and are planning to divorce, you could be in for a long and difficult journey. Furthermore, if you have children and you are sharing custody, you could be facing extra complications.

When a couple splits and they do not have children, it is fairly easy to go their separate ways. However, when there are children involved, the parents will be connected for years, if not always. The two of you will have to work together to ensure your children's needs are met.

Could you make any of these common divorce mistakes?

When going through a divorce, it's easy to make some mistakes. But mistakes made now can have far-reaching consequences long after the ink on the divorce judgment is dry. What is interesting is that some mistakes seem to fall along gender lines.

Regardless of your gender, however, during a divorce you are particularly vulnerable, which means that it is extremely vital to seek knowledgeable and experienced legal guidance to avoid making costly and avoidable mistakes like those noted below.

Addiction and child custody: Are they incompatible?

If you are a parent who struggles with addiction to drugs or alcohol, your parenting has likely been adversely affected by your substance abuse. In fact, uncontrolled addiction is one of the primary reasons kids get taken from the custody of their parents.

This should not be new news to you, but you may have put off dealing with such an unpleasant subject. The problem is that the law views children in the custody of impaired parents as "at risk." Mandatory reporting from health care professionals, educators or law enforcement could result in your children being taken away from you and placed in another's care.

4 signs that divorce could be closer than you think

You don't need a "reason" to divorce per se. You or your soon-to-be ex-spouse simply needs to want to get a divorce. That being said, there are many people who make the decision to divorce after years of dealing with the following less-than-comfortable symptoms of a failing and toxic marriage.

If your marriage is exhibiting any of the following signs, maybe you should consider whether your life could be improved by going solo:

Strategies that could help you relocate with your child

You're the kind of person who enjoys a change of scenery and moving to new locations from time to time, and you never thought you'd be trapped in one spot. However, you and your ex spouse had a baby, got a divorce and that changed everything.

Even though you're the custodial parent and the primary caretaker of your child, the noncustodial parent won't give you permission to move to a new state for an excellent job opportunity. What can you do?

Your finances and divorce: Preparation is key

If divorce is on the horizon, don't wait a single day to review your finances. Doing so will give you a clear idea of where you stand right now, as well as the changes you may face in the near future.

Regardless of your situation, going through a divorce will impact your finances in some way. This is why it's critical to prepare as far in advance as possible. Here are five things you can do:

  • Open individual accounts: You don't want to use joint accounts any longer, as doing so will add more challenges to your divorce case. Open your own bank account and credit card account to keep your finances separate. Also, make sure joint accounts are closed so that your soon-to-be ex-spouse doesn't run up debt that you may be responsible for.
  • Gather all your financial records: This typically includes bank statements, retirement account statements, pay stubs, life insurance policy information and anything else associated with your finances.
  • Create a debt and asset checklist: By listing out your debts and assets, you'll have a clear idea of what you'll need to work through in your divorce. Also, make note of which assets are separate property and which ones are marital. The other person may not agree, but you must know your stance.
  • Review your credit report: You don't want to make any big purchases during your divorce, but you may find yourself spending some money once the process comes to an end. For example, if you're interested in buying your own home, your credit score will have a lot to say about how you move forward.
  • Create a budget: With your household income and expenses changing, a budget can keep you on track during this difficult time. Be reasonable with the numbers you use, as you don't want to give yourself a false sense of security.


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