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July 2018 Archives

Is there such a thing as too many rules in parenting plans?

Parenting plans are a great way to ensure that co-parenting runs as smoothly as possible. The best plans tend to cover many areas such as vacations, holidays, information sharing between the parents, child care, health care, religion and travel. However, is it possible to go overboard and to instill too many rules within each area?

Ex-military spouses: You might be able to receive retirement pay

Ex-military spouses have the right to receive a portion of their ex-spouse's retirement benefits. This right is protected by the Uniformed Services Former Spouse Protection Act (USFSPA), which was enacted in 1982 by Congress. The law permits state courts to treat military retired pay as retirement benefits that are a part of the marital estate, and therefore, divisible in accordance with state property division laws.

What's the best way to talk about a prenuptial agreement?

Imagine you've been dating the love of your life for the last three years, and you want to get married, but you're terrified of the possibility of divorce. Both of your parents have been divorced twice, so you have a realistic view of marriage and you don't want to experience the kind of contentious and costly meltdown that divorce can sometimes be.

3 obstacles that can come up in adoption

Adoption is a joyous occasion and a noble pursuit. Whether you are taking in a child from a foreign country or legally affirming yourself as the parent of a partner's child, the process is a great way to expand your family and take responsibility for the children you care about. Still, there are often obstacles that make an adoption less than straightforward.  

Did a pattern of non-stop arguing result in your divorce?

Arguing is toxic. If you can't stop arguing with your spouse, then you are familiar with just how toxic these patterns can be. You get home from work, you notice your spouse left the milk out on the counter again, you ask why, and suddenly a two-hour argument ensues and it only ends when you decide to lock yourself in the bathroom. When these kinds of situations are happening on a daily basis, it's time to seek help from a marriage counselor or simply bring your marriage to a close through divorce.

How do parents support each other's relationships with the child?

Good co-parents will always encourage their children to have love for the other parent, and they will never speak ill of the other parent in front of the child. However, as much as this is true, and as much as parents say they agree with it, they might not always be true to these precepts in their actions.

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