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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.

What are you doing to prevent these divorce mistakes?

When going through a divorce, you never want to find yourself making mistakes. Instead, you want to stay on the right track from start to finish.

This is easier said than done, of course. Even if you have the best of intentions, there is always a chance you could make a mistake along the way. Here are a handful you'll want to avoid if at all possible:

  • Losing your cool. It's never easy to bite your tongue, but you don't want to lose your cool to the point of making things worse. Depending on the circumstances, this could land you in legal hot water.
  • Abusing social media. Even if you're a social media star, you don't want to spend any time online talking about your divorce or flaunting a new relationship.
  • Hiding money or assets. It may sound like a good idea initially, but hiding marital assets from your spouse can actually get you into a lot of trouble if you get caught. You need to be honest about all your assets, making sure the court is aware of them. It can be frustrating to divide your marital property, but it's all part of the process.

Child custody and visitation: How are decisions made?

When it comes to matters of child custody and visitation, there could come a point when you run into trouble. You want one thing, but your ex-spouse has something else in mind.

If possible, you'll want to work through these details in mediation. This gives you and the other parent the ability to discuss the issues at hand, all the while working toward something that satisfies everyone involved.

What goals have you set for divorce mediation?

As someone facing the divorce process, you need to decide which steps to take next. For example, you may come to learn that mediation is the best situation for you and your soon to be ex-spouse.

There are many benefits of divorce mediation, including the ability to avoid the time and costs associated with litigation related to a contentious divorce.

These co-parenting tips will keep you on track

Divorce is difficult enough. When you take into consideration the impact on your children, you'll come to find that there are even more challenges staring you in the face.

While co-parenting may not be something you dream of doing, it may be a way of life for you in the future. With this in mind, here are some co-parenting tips to keep you on track at all times:

  • Think about things from the other side. You need to understand what your former spouse and children are going through, as this will help you make better decisions.
  • Be flexible, when possible. Even though you want to stick with the agreed upon schedule, it's not always possible to do so. It's important to remain flexible.
  • Communicate directly with the other parent. Don't make the mistake of communicating with your former spouse through your child. This will cause more harm than good over the long run.
  • Implement a communication system that you both feel confident using. Some people have no problem communicating over the phone or in person. Others, however, would rather use email or text messages. Once you find a system that works, stick with it until something changes.

The first 3 basic steps of the divorce process

Even though the divorce process can and will differ from one couple to the next, it's important to remember that some details are pretty much the same across the board.

This is typically the case when it comes to the first three basic steps of the divorce process. Here is what you should expect:

  • You ask your spouse for a divorce or vice versa. Either way, the process kicks off when one or both individuals decide that they want to dissolve the marriage through divorce.
  • A petition for divorce is filed with the local court clerk. This identifies key details, such as the name of both individuals and whether they share any children. The person who files the petition is known as the petitioner. The other individual is referred to as the respondent.
  • Temporary divorce orders. While not always the case, the court has the ability to issue temporary orders that outline actions one or both individuals must take leading up to the divorce hearing.

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