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A parenting agreement can alleviate child custody concerns

The creation of a parenting agreement can go a long way in making your life easier after divorce. Despite the fact that your life will change in many ways, your agreement can keep you on the right track in regards to how you raise your child (or children).

As the name suggests, a parenting agreement outlines a variety of important points in regards to custody and how you and your ex-spouse will parent and raise your child in the future.

Have you readied your finances for the divorce process?

There is a lot to think about if you decide to push forward with divorce. From child custody to property division, your mind will be moving from one subject to the next.

While the process itself is important, you need to focus a good amount of your attention on the future. You need to understand how the divorce process will impact your finances down the road.

Signs that divorce could be the best move

Even if you are in a bad marriage, you may have some hope for the future. You may believe that you and your spouse can work things out and get your life back on track.

Of course, there may come a time when you realize that all hope is lost. You come to find that divorce is the best way to improve your life now and in the future

Do you know what to expect during divorce mediation?

It doesn't matter how you decide to move forward with the divorce process, you know there will be challenges along the way.

Fortunately, if you're able to use mediation to your advantage, you can speed up the process while also saving money.

Some types of arguments can be a sign of divorce

Even though you do your best to keep arguments out of your home, you know there will be times when you don't agree with your spouse. While there is nothing wrong with a disagreement, you need to avoid a situation in which an argument turns into something much more serious.

Here are some of the many types of arguments that are often a sign of divorce:

  • "You don't appreciate me any more." If one person thinks the other is taking him or her for granted, it can result in one argument after the next.
  • "We are no longer intimate with one another." Enough said!
  • "You are no longer interested in making our marriage work." It can be difficult to maintain a healthy marriage, one year after the next. One person may accuse the other of "checking out" because he or she is no longer interested in making things work.
  • "We don't communicate like we need to." Communication is essential to a healthy, long lasting marriage. In order for this to work, both sides need to be communicative at all times.

How are you preventing these divorce mistakes?

The divorce process is difficult enough when you do everything the right way. However, if you mix in a few mistakes, you're sure to find yourself facing additional challenges.

While it's not always possible, you need to do whatever it takes to prevent common divorce mistakes. Yes, this means paying attention to every last detail, but doing so will work in your favor over the long run.

Divorce is often better than a bad marriage

As you ponder divorce, you may ask yourself the following question: Is it better to stay together for your children?

Sometimes the answer is yes, but many times the answer is no. There are situations in which divorce is better than remaining in a bad marriage.

What’s the best way to get a child support modification?

If there comes a point when you are unable to make your child support payments, you have to review your situation to get a better idea of what to do next.

Maybe you're facing a short-term financial problem that will resolve on its own soon enough. In this case, you may be able to fight through this rough patch without missing any payments.

Personal property: Include it in a property division checklist

If you have decided to file for divorce, it won't be long before you begin to wonder what will happen to your property.

Like most, you hope that things work in your favor during the property division process. While there's no way of knowing what the future will bring, there are steps you can take to put yourself in position for success.

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