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How can a postnuptial agreement strengthen your marriage?

You and your spouse didn't get a prenuptial agreement before you married. There's still a way to protect your financial future in the event of a divorce. It's called a postnuptial agreement.

Some people are incentivized to get a postnup if they believe they may be headed toward divorce. However, it's typically best to draw one up while things are going well. This can make negotiations a lot easier and more amicable.

First summer after divorce? Follow these co-parenting tips

Summer is here, which means the sun is shining and your children are out of school. But while your children may look forward to this time of year, the divorce may throw a wrench into their plans and ideas. The first summer after you and your ex split up can be difficult for the whole family, but it does not need to be a disaster by any means. 

While the thought of co-parenting during the summer may stress you out, everything will start to make sense as you go along. You, your former spouse and your kids can adjust to this new normal. Here are some suggestions on how to make the summer after your divorce a successful one – particularly for the best interests of your children. 

Navigating wedding costs as divorced parents

Recently, we discussed tips for dealing with your co-parent during your child's graduation and surrounding celebrations. Now, we're going to look at another big event that too often causes conflict between divorced parents of young adults -- their child's wedding.

A wedding often comes with more complications than a graduation. Before you even get to the big day where you'll need to deal amicably with your ex and their family in a public setting, there's often the matter of paying for the event.

Tips for divorcing a spouse who is a coworker

Ending a marriage is full of many challenges. Many Clarksville couples find it easier to get through the divorce process by establishing separate residences and limiting the time they are around each other. Couples who happen to work together face all sorts of unique challenges that can make their separation harder to manage and create much strife at the workplace. 

Part of preparing for divorce is anticipating potential issues that could interfere with a fair outcome. Spouses who constantly fight and bicker often forget they are their own worse enemies, as their actions can severely cripple their credibility and lead to an unwanted settlement. Here are some suggestions to help coworking spouses keep their divorce out of the workplace

Strategies for surviving your child's graduation day with your ex

A child's graduation day is one that most parents approach with a feeling of intense pride. However, if you and your ex never became amicable co-parents, you may be dreading this day -- and so may your child.

You may have been able to largely avoid dealing with your co-parent since the divorce. However, on graduation day, you won't be able to escape them. Further, they may bring along your former in-laws, who never liked you, and their new spouse, who may have been the reason for your breakup.

Prenuptial agreements protect even those without much wealth

If you are like many of your Clarksville neighbors, you may believe prenuptial agreements are only for those who have significant assets. After all, if you do not have much wealth, you may think you do not have anything of value you need to protect. Still, prenuptial agreements are often valuable tools for those without significant assets. 

Put simply, couples draft prenuptial agreements before they marry to protect their assets. While talking about a prenuptial agreement with your partner is probably not particularly romantic, it is likely worth your time. Here are some ways prenuptial agreements protect you, even if you do not have many assets yet: 

Divorce causes 2 types of stress

Divorce can be stressful. One of your goals, when you look into all of your legal options, should be to find ways to reduce your stress level. After all, it can be very detrimental to your health to deal with that type of long-term anxiety.

To start with, you need to understand the two types of chronic stressors that impact you as your marriage ends. First off, you have the "unknowns." You may ask questions like:

  • Who is going to get which assets?
  • How will debts get divided?
  • How often will you see the kids?
  • Will you have to go back to work?
  • Can you make ends meet on one income?
  • Will your children react well to the new situation?
  • Will you feel like the outcome is fair?

Tennessee judge upholds singer's prenuptial agreement

Singer Jill Scott's break-up with her husband just 15 months after the two married has garnered considerable media attention largely because her estranged husband, Mike Dobson, has been seeking spousal support. He's asking for this money despite the fact that the couple's prenuptial agreement stipulated that neither party would seek support.

According to a court document that's been made public, the prenup also stated "the parties' specific intention not to create any marital property." Nonetheless, Dobson has sought half the assets acquired by both of them during the marriage.

How to increase odds of successful mediation

For a majority of couples, divorce will be an arduous process. One doctor recently recommended for a Tennessee couple to divorce to help pay for their child's medical bills, so that is one instance where a couple still loves each other and gets along perfectly. 

However, for other couples, there will be animosity present. This animosity can greatly delay the divorce process, which is not good for either party. This is why many couples pursue mediation to help resolve issues before going to court. If you think mediation could help your divorce, you can take specific actions to have more productive sessions. 

What you should know before you put your child on a plane alone

If you're a divorced parent who lives a long distance from your co-parent, you may be considering the option of letting your child fly alone to spend part of the summer with them. If that goes well, you may let them do this for spring breaks and part of their winter vacation as well.

The prospect of letting your child travel alone can be frightening. Even the term that the airlines use -- "unaccompanied minor" -- might make you feel guilty. However, kids fly alone often enough that airlines have procedures and rules for unaccompanied minors.

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