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What’s the best way to ask your spouse for a divorce?

If you have come to the conclusion that there is no way to work through your marital problems, divorce may be the only answer. As disappointing as this may be, you need to take immediate action.

There are many things you can do to ease the tension when asking your spouse for a divorce. Here are some basic tips to keep in mind:

  • Choose the right time. It's a must that you set aside time to discuss your relationship, as it never makes sense to bring this up when you are focused on something else.
  • Think about what you want to say. There is no easy way to discuss divorce, so you need to plan out your thoughts well in advance. This will make it easier for you to push the conversation forward.
  • Be kind. Even if you are angry with your spouse, this isn't a time to show it. You need to be kind and calm, as this is the best way to get your point across and move the process forward. It never pays off to scream or get angry.
  • Think about your safety. Do you have reason to believe that your spouse could become violent if you ask for a divorce? If so, you should talk to the person over the phone or in a public place.

How to deal with complex marital property settlements

Many people find it hard to believe that most divorces are settled out of court. Of course, if this is not possible for any reason, litigation may be on the horizon. This is often the result of complex marital property, leading to a situation in which the divorcing individuals are unable to work things out on their own.

Some of the many assets that can complicate the divorce process include:

  • Retirement accounts, including pensions
  • Business assets
  • Hidden financial assets
  • Deferred compensation
  • Real estate (including vacation properties)
  • Qualified Domestic Relations Orders (QDRO)

How to apply enforcement of child support

When one parent is required by law to pay child support to the other parent, it's important for all parties involved to be on the same page.

If you are supposed to be receiving child support payments, but the other parent is lagging behind, you need to learn more about how to apply enforcement.

Interfering with child custody and visitation is serious business

A child custody order is meant to be followed. As much as it is in your power to do so, you should make sure that the order is followed. Of course, this isn't always possible. Things like illnesses and unexpected events do happen.

If you or your ex is purposefully not following the child custody order, you could be interfering with custody or visitation. This is a very serious matter that must be treated accordingly. In fact, it can sometimes lead to new custody orders or even more serious legal action.

Start early to create a prenuptial agreement with success

There are many benefits of creating a prenuptial agreement, including the ability to keep some of your assets safe from division in the event of a future divorce.

If this is something that interests you, here's a detail that you never want to overlook: You need to start the process as soon as possible.

Don’t avoid communication with the other parent after divorce

It goes without saying that co-parenting will present you with a variety of challenges.

Although your marriage is in the past, since you have a child with the other person, you still need to communicate with him or her from time to time.

Top tips for co-parenting with success

After a divorce, you may find yourself in constant contact with your former spouse. You're not doing this because it's fun, but instead because you have at least one child with the person.

There are many things you can do to make the most of co-parenting, including the following:

Alternative dispute resolution could be the answer

There are many challenges associated with the divorce process. For example, you may be concerned about the cost and time associated with litigation.

Fortunately, you have other options. Through an alternative dispute resolution, such as mediation, you may be able to work through all your differences without appearing in court.

What happens to the marital home in divorce?

Many people purchase a home with their spouse. This is a big decision that will impact your life in many ways, including if you divorce at some point in the future.

If you are going through the divorce process and have questions about what will happen to the marital home, you need to learn as much as possible to ensure that your legal rights are protected at all times.

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