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  • Tips on Planning Child Custody during the Summer Months

    Children are always excited for the summer. School is out, they have the freedom to play from dusk until dawn, and they usually go on some kind of vacation with their family. However, after a divorce , the summer can become quite a complicated ordeal for ex-spouses to find agreement upon. Oftentimes, divorced parents who have limited custody during the school months hope to see their children for ...
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  • Why You Should Stay off Social Media during Your Divorce

    As everyone knows, divorce can be an incredibly difficult time. This emotionally draining transition is made no easier with the advent of social media, as it is a staple in our everyday lives. In this day and age, divorce is made even more complicated with the fact that people are able to keep up with the ex-spouses lives through platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Though social ...
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  • Is Your Spouse Hiding Assets? Here Are Some Signs

    Did you know that three in ten adults with shared finances have hidden assets or purchases from their partner? According to several studies, approximately 7.2 million Americans have hidden a bank or credit card account from their live-in spouse or partner. So when it comes to divorce , there may be a discrepancy during the financial disclosure part of the proceeding. There are many cases where a ...
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  • Should You Date Before a Divorce is Final?

    Since divorce can be emotionally draining and nerve-wracking, some people cannot wait for the marriage to be over and move on with their lives. In fact, some are ready to start dating once again as soon as possible, even while their divorce proceedings are going on. However, is dating during a divorce a wise decision? Could Lead to Longer Divorce Process In order to finalize a divorce, you and ...
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  • Divorcing After 50? Tips for Gray Divorces

    “Gray divorce” is defined as divorce among older couples, typically over 50 years of age and have been married for several decades. It is a relatively recent trend caused by various factors, such as the increase life expectancy, a growth in financial independence among older women, and the changing cultural norms. There are many unique issues which couples involved in gray divorces must address. ...
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  • Biggest Divorce Myths

    You might have heard a variety of divorce stories that are often considered as truth; however, some of them are just myths that are not necessarily true. Each couple who has divorced or is currently in the process does not experience the same emotions and issues. While each divorce ends differently, the following are four of the biggest myths of divorce: Divorce is always expensive . Not all ...
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  • Unique Issues in a Gray Divorce

    If you are going through a divorce and are over the age of 50, you are not alone. In fact, this growing trend has earned its own name – “Gray Divorce.” According to the National Center for Family & Marriage Research, the divorce rate among adults over 50 doubled between the years 1990 and 2014, and tripled for those over 65 within the same timeframe. Divorce at this age, however, may be different ...
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  • Start Your Marriage on the Right Foot with a Prenup

    Having an open and honest conversation about a prenup is something not many couples do. Taking the time to do this early on, however, can lay down the necessary foundation of mutual trust. These first conversations are helpful to give both partners an opportunity to learn more about their relationship and whether or not they may have irreconcilable differences in life goals. What is Addressed in a ...
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  • Common Child Custody Mistakes

    Divorce can be a difficult time for anyone, but especially for parents. Children can complicate divorce proceedings and turn them ugly, often because both parents want what they think is best for the child. However, sometimes parents make mistakes during the child custody proceedings, not knowing it could cost them time with their kids. Here are a few common child custody mistakes to avoid if ...
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  • Biggest Divorce Mistakes

    Divorce can be tough for many people, often because at least one person in the relationship didn’t see it coming. People expect their marriages to last forever—when it doesn’t, this disappointment can often manifest in aggression, spite, or anger. It is also easy to take out these negative emotions on your spouse, whether or not they actually deserve it. Because divorces are so fraught with ...
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  • Why Is January the Busiest Time for Divorces?

    Divorce attorneys across the country notice the trends of influx divorce filings year round. Often, January is seen as a “busy month” for divorces. Our Des Moines divorce attorney explains why this is and what it could mean for your divorce. Reasons People File for Divorce in January End of the holidays — Many spouses, especially those with children, will wait until after the holiday season to ...
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  • New Year's Resolutions to Help You through Your Divorce

    Separation or divorce is never easy, especially during the holidays. It is okay to feel sad, confused, or angry about the end of your marriage. As the New Year starts, setting personal goals and resolutions can help you deal with these emotions in a healthy way. If you are facing divorce, dedicating your New Year’s resolutions to your case can help you treat the New Year as a clean slate and ...
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  • Blended Families & the Holidays

    The holidays are a time of year where time should be spent with loved ones. However, when families become blended due to divorce or remarriage, the season can be subject to conflict, anxiety, and stress. The following are helpful tips you may want to consider so you and your family can enjoy the holidays without any worries or stress: If you have nothing nice to say, do not say anything at all. ...
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  • Ways You Might Be Sabotaging Your Divorce

    In a divorce , how you handle the proceedings and how you behave throughout the process is important toward obtaining the most favorable outcome once an agreement is reached. Unfortunately, aggressive behaviors are often an overriding factor in lengthy and contentious legal battles. Learning how to avoid sabotaging yourself and risking an undesirable outcome in your case can help you reach a ...
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  • The Most Important Divorce Tip for Parents

    Family counseling specialists and divorced parents agree: one of the most important goals for any divorce is to impact the children as little as possible. Whether your kids are toddlers or teenagers, they are vulnerable to what you say or do. While divorce often brings out the most emotional and painful issues people ever face, parents need to value their children’s health above all else. ...
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