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How does taking charge of my child's schooling impact custody?

If you've recently split from your ex and you're looking to gain increased visitation or custody of your child, then some legal experts suggest that you should become more involved in his or her schooling.

That's because it's not uncommon for a contentious custody battle to involve your child's teacher being summoned to appear in court. If he or she is, then he or she is likely to be asked to answer questions about your involvement in your child's academics.

What are the benefits to mediating your prenuptial agreement?

When it comes to prenups, there's often only one party that's interested in having it drafted. In that situation, the other would be just as happy for it not to exist. It's often when couples begin negotiating a prenup that the less affluent partner's feelings get hurt. Situations like this can make for a difficult way to start the marriage off.

Oftentimes crafting prenups is left to attorneys. The lawyer representing the more affluent spouse is the one to actually draft the prenuptial agreement after speaking with his or her client about what he or she wants to protect. The other party generally hires an attorney to essentially review the contract to ensure that it's not blatantly unfair.

What to do with your business when you're headed for divorce

As if divorce weren't complex enough, deciding what to do with a jointly run business can make things even more complicated. There aren't any recent statistics that capture just how many couples jointly own a business. However, one statistic captured in 2000 suggested that just under 7 percent of all 22 million American small businesses were owned by couples that year.

When it comes to joint businesses, there's no one size fits all approach to how to handle them in a divorce. Instead, what you choose to do will depend greatly on what assets you value most and how well you get along with your soon-to-be ex.

How to know if a prenup is right for your marriage

While it is not ideal, divorce has become commonplace in modern life. Perhaps it is for this reason that many attorneys report seeing an increase in the number of couples seeking a prenuptial agreement. 

prenup is a document a couple receives before marriage. It lays out how the couple will divide assets in the event of divorce. It can make the divorce process much simpler, but many couples hesitate to get one because it is not exactly a romantic document to sign right before marriage. Ideally, every couple should get a prenup, but there are cases where it becomes even more important. 

Instances in which you can request alimony modifications

In order for a spouse to get the amount of alimony he or she has to pay his or her ex reduced, it often requires him or her to show that he or she experienced a decrease in the amount of pay brought in on a regular basis. In contrast, for a recipient spouse, he or she may be able to request a judge to modify the amount of spousal support that he or she receives based on increased need for more.

While some requests for either increases or decreases in spousal support can be worked out among the couple themselves without involving a judge, this is a dangerous road to go down. One of the most glaring complications associated with doing this is that any agreement not approved by a judge risks being deemed not to be enforceable.

How to protect yourself from losing your home during a divorce

One of the most frustrating things about divorcing after being married for several years is thought of having to part ways with the home you've lived in for some time. Aside from it being perhaps the most expensive asset that you own, you've also likely developed a emotional connection to it.

Ideally, you'd be able to either sell the home and split the assets between you and your ex or maybe just simply accept one equally valuable asset in exchange for your spouse keeping another. If it's the only high value asset your own or you're both particularly connected to the home though, this may not be an option.

Where your spouse is likely hiding assets as you look to divorce

If you grew accustomed to living a relatively comfortable lifestyle while married to your soon-to-be ex, then you likely will want to continue to do so once you divorce. Oftentimes, though, it's not possible because your spouse may have hidden some of his or her more valuable assets, making it impossible for you to enjoy the quality of life that you've long enjoyed.

Although it's both illegal and unethical to hide assets during a divorce, it happens all the time. Some of the more common ways spouses do this is by storing away hard cold cash in a safe, a drawer, a buried vault in the yard or a safe deposit box, either at home, the office or somewhere else.

How to create a budget during a divorce

Florida has one of the highest divorce rates in the country. Eleven percent of the men who live in Florida are divorced, according to an article from the Washington Post. By comparison, Nevada has the highest divorce rate in the country, and 12 percent of its men went through divorce.

When a couple decides to divorce, they mostly assume they need to sort through their emotions. However, they also need to prepare financially. Divorces cost a lot, and that has more to do than just attorney fees. To avoid getting caught off guard, here are some budgeting tips for those preparing for a divorce

How should we celebrate Halloween after divorce?

Halloween is right around the corner, and your kids are probably excited. However, if it's your first Halloween after getting a divorce, you may have some questions about how it will be different. Especially if the other parent was the one who always organized Halloween fun, it's likely you're wondering what to do.

Here are a few ideas to make sure your kids' Halloween is the best one yet:

  • Plan in advance. Ask your child and ask the other parent how you're going to organize Halloween. Perhaps the parenting plan you agreed to already offers some guidance on who will have the kids. If it doesn't, decide who's going to do the trick or treating. Also, make sure you figure out your kids' costumes well in advance so you're not rushing around the morning of the day.
  • Team up and get more candy. You might want to have your kids spend half the night trick or treating in your neighborhood, and the other half of the night trick or treating in your ex's neighborhood. Your kids will love it because of the extra candy and your ex will love to get to see them in their costumes.
  • Do you and your ex get along? Perhaps you can mix up your families and go trick or treating with your ex, and make a big party out of it. If it's easy enough for all of you to get along, this will be an amazing night for your kids.
  • What if you don't have your kids? It can feel lonely on Halloween if you're used to enjoying it with your cute kids in their costumes, but you might want to keep those feelings to yourself. Let your kids have a fun night, where they don't worry about how you're feeling.

What's an uncontested divorce and who can file for it?

Not all divorces have to be contentious. In fact, there are some couples that are able to move forward with an uncontested divorce largely because they're able to work out their differences in terms of property distribution, alimony and child support among themselves.

Uncontested divorces often begin just like a contested divorce does; one spouse initiates the process. There's a more streamlined version of paperwork that the petitioner files when when initiating uncontested divorce proceedings. At least one section of those documents is dedicated to having you describe the situation that led to the breakdown of your marriage.

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