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What’s the best way to fight for and win custody?

As you move through your divorce, you may be worried about what will happen in regards to child custody. While some people are open to whatever the court decides, others come to find that they won't settle for anything less than winning custody.

If this sounds familiar, it's important to understand the steps you can take to put yourself in better position.

Have you organized a property division checklist?

You should expect to face a variety of challenges during the divorce process, with property division at the top of the list.

Just as you're hoping to get your hands on as many assets as possible, your soon-to-be ex-spouse has the same intentions. This can make it difficult to work things out.

You will feel many things during the divorce process

Once you decide to move forward with the divorce process, it goes without saying that your life is going to change in many ways. You will feel many things, all of which you need to deal with accordingly.

Here are some of the feelings that are sure to move to the forefront:

  • A feeling of being alone, as finding love once again will be the furthest thing from your mind
  • Many things remind you of your ex-spouse, such as a favorite restaurant or sports team
  • A feeling of living two lives if you have children, as you're a parent one second but a single adult another
  • Feelings that the future is bright, followed by devastation that your marriage did not work out
  • Happiness that you have the ability to mold your own future

Make sure your parenting agreement includes these details

As you work through the divorce mediation process with your soon-to-be ex-spouse, you need to pay close attention to the things you can do to protect any child or children that you have with this person.

Creating a parenting agreement is easier said than done, but as long as both individuals are willing to work together, they will eventually settle on something that is mutually acceptable.

What is the real value of mediation?

Going through a divorce is never easy. There are many challenges standing in your way, all of which you need to deal with before you can put your relationship in the past once and for all.

There are many ways to move through the divorce process, and you'll want to consider each and every one. For many, mediation is the best answer.

What are the top questions regarding divorce?

If you are you thinking about asking for a divorce, it goes without saying that there are some questions on your mind. You don't want to make any mistakes, so it's imperative to answer any question that moves to the forefront.

Here are some of the top questions regarding divorce:

  • How long does it take? This depends on many factors, including the complexity of your relationship, such as if you have any children with the other individual.
  • Is there any way to complete the divorce process on my own? While this sounds like a possibility, there are so many legal matters involved that it can be a real challenge to move forward alone.
  • Are you required to spend time in court? This depends on the approach you take. For example, if both parties agree to mediation, you may never have to set foot in a courtroom.
  • What types of issues will be discussed during the divorce process? From child custody to alimony to property division, you should be ready for anything that could come your way. Your personal situation will dictate the process you follow.

3 ways to make the most of co-parenting

There is nothing simple about co-parenting. Even if you have a good plan in place, things can and probably will go wrong as the days go by.

Although there are sure to be challenges standing in your way, the right approach can bring you a high level of co-parenting success.

Will you address these common child custody questions?

If you are going through the divorce process and have at least one child with your soon-to-be ex-spouse, you are sure to have some questions related to child custody. The sooner you answer these questions, the easier it is to understand your situation and what's to come in the future.

Here are some of the many child custody questions that you may need to answer at some point:

  • How will the court decide who gets custody of your children?
  • What is the difference between physical and legal custody?
  • Is it possible to work out matters of child custody in mediation, as opposed to letting the court decide?
  • What does a visitation schedule look like?
  • Is it important to create a parenting agreement?
  • Will one parent be required to pay the other child support?
  • What happens if you are not satisfied with the way your child custody case turns out?

Top tips for dealing with stress during divorce

If the divorce process is on the horizon, it's only natural for a high level of stress to move into your life. While this is all part of the process, you don't want to let this stress get you down for too long.

Here are some top tips for dealing with stress during a divorce:

  • Focus on your emotional needs. You know that you are going through a major life change, so don't hesitate to focus on the things you can do to feel better about the future.
  • Stay in shape. There is never a better time to stay physically fit, so make sure you get enough exercise every day.
  • Take care of yourself. Don't "let yourself go" to the point that it causes emotional and physical damage.
  • Let go of problems that you cannot control. If you don't have control over something, you shouldn't worry about it. For example, there is no point in worrying about your ex-spouse's new love life.
  • Give yourself enough time to grieve. There is nothing wrong with feeling bad about what happened, as long as you don't let this drag you down for too long.

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