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Visitation challenges: When your schedule doesn't work

It is the reality that many people start out with custody arrangements that they love, but they quickly find that it no longer works for them a year or two later. This is normal when it comes to child custody, because there is no way to prepare for everything that happens in the future.

You might get a new job, move to a new apartment or start dating someone new that your ex-spouse isn't comfortable with. You might find that your children have many play dates or activities that cut into your visitation time.

Tips for telling children about your divorce

Your children might have an idea that you and their other parent aren't getting along well. For some, the announcement that parents are going to divorce isn't a shock, but it isn't easy to hear either. When you are ready to tell your children about the divorce, you need to be sure that you are prepared for what's to come.

Children are inquisitive, and they might want to know more about what led to the divorce and what is going to happen now. When it comes to letting them know what happened, you should think about what is appropriate for them to know. Part of this has to do with how old and mature they are.

Mediation can help resolve marriage issues amicably

The end of a marriage is a difficult time. The challenges can be made even more pronounced when you have a contentious divorce. One thing that some couples do that can make this a bit easier is to go through mediation instead of taking the divorce to trial.

Going through mediation enables you and your ex to work as a team so that everything can be finished as quickly as possible.

Set a priorities plan for child custody matters

Things aren't always easy when parents divorce. The situation can be challenging for both the kids and the adults. Fortunately, there are methods that you can use to try to make things easier for them and yourself. One of these is to make sure that you aren't trying to rush through things too fast. This is a big transition that will take time to work through. You have to be prepared to help them along the way.

When you first split from your spouse, one of the top priorities that you have must be setting the plans for the kids. You need to be ready to work with your ex to draft the parenting plan. This is often it done through mediation, which is faster and gives you more control. If this isn't possible, you may have to rely on the court to make decisions for you. The negative to this is that you might not have much of a say in what happens.

3 tips to take the stress off of yourself during divorce

When you find out that your ex has filed for divorce, you might be angry and upset. While you do need to address the emotional impacts of the split, you also need to get your plan in place as quickly as possible. There are a few mistakes that can lead to some problems when you are in this situation. This is why it is so important for you to pay close attention to what is going on.

First, remember that you should be honest from the start of the divorce. You also don't need to be too aggressive. There is a difference between standing up for yourself and just being difficult. You might feel the need to protect yourself, but the way to do this is by setting up your plan for what you are going to fight for in the legal proceedings. Don't try to go at it directly with your ex from the moment you find out about the end of the marriage.

Set a plan to better yourself after divorce

If you have children and go through a divorce, you will have to learn how to move on from the marriage while you still maintain a relationship with your co-parent. This can be a challenge even if you were the one who wanted the divorce. There are several things that you need to think about at the end of the marriage so that you can try to have a healthy future.

One thing that you will have to do is to work through your emotions. After the separation, you will probably feel like you are on an emotional roller coaster. This is normal, but you have to address the feelings as they come up. Trying to ignore them can lead to issues down the road.

Set the standard early for your parenting plan

Now that summer is here, it is time to think about fun things that you can do with your children. This doesn't mean that you need to spend a lot of money or plan a fancy trip. Instead, you can enjoy things around town that give you and your children a chance to make memories and have fun. We know that going through your first year as a single parent is difficult, so be sure that you take things at your own pace.

One thing that parents don't often realize is that children often look forward to the simple things in life. Maybe you go out for pizza on the first weekend of the month or grab ice cream on your way home on transition days. These are some of the things that your children might enjoy.

Shore up your finances during a divorce

Divorce is a hard journey for anyone. Even if you want to bid adieu to your marriage, you will still face some challenges as you embark on your new single life. One of the areas in which you are going to feel some pressure is your finances. Trying to shore up your financial state must be done as soon as you find out that the divorce is really happening.

One thing that you don't need to do is to rush through the divorce so that you can have it over with. Rushing through this process, especially the property division component, can lead to serious errors that can impact your finances in the future.

Child custody dispute resolution is challenging

Making decisions for your children is sometimes the most difficult thing that parents have to deal with. When you have a child custody case, you and your ex will need to find ways to work together so that you can always do what the children need. There are times when this will bring up disputes, but there should be clear plans for addressing those. We know that this is a challenge, but there are options that might help you in these situations.

One technique that you can use is to have dispute resolution terms set in the parenting plan. These don't have to be complex, but they should include a general set of rules that you and your ex will abide by when trying to work things out.

Answer these common divorce mediation questions

If you're interested in divorce mediation, it's critical to learn more about the process. Knowing what to expect will help you prepare for everything. It may even help you avoid confrontation and move things forward in an efficient manner.

It's common to have a variety of questions related to divorce mediation, including the following:

  • Is a divorce mediator the same as a family law judge? This is a common myth. A family law mediator is available to talk you through the process and help settle disputes. However, they don't have the power to make final decisions on behalf of either individual.
  • What's the first step in the process? The first step in divorce mediation is a meeting in which both individuals share information on what they want to accomplish. This is the time to discuss matters regarding property division, debt division, child support, child custody and alimony, among other details.
  • What's the best way to file court documents? After mediation comes to an end, there's still the act of filing the necessary court documents. Your divorce mediator may be able to assist with this. If not, they can point you in the right direction.
  • Are you able to consult with an attorney during divorce mediation? Just the same as litigation, you can work with a divorce attorney to ensure that you understand what you're doing and make the best decisions.
  • How long does it take? This depends on many factors, primarily the ability for you and the other individual to negotiate and compromise. Some people are able to work things out in one or two sessions, while others need five or more to get to the bottom of things.
  • Is it more affordable than litigation? Generally speaking, yes. Most people find that they're able to save money by opting for mediation over litigation. Talk to your attorney about this up front to get a better idea of the expense.
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