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Civility between parents sharing custody helps children

Sometimes when a couple goes through an especially contentious divorce, there can be strong resentments and anger that extends well past the point of signing the final decree. And if the couple has children, the former spouses will likely have to interact on a regular basis. Ex-spouses typically have to face each other when they pass the children to one another in accordance with their child custody agreement. And while this transaction can be stressful, it is very important that it be completed with as much civility as possible. This will benefit the child in ways you may not realize.

Ultimatums are not enough to stop domestic violence

Relationships are rarely conflict-free. In fact, disagreements and even the occasional shouting match are quite normal. But when disputes escalate to physical or serious emotional abuse, then there is a problem that must be addressed. Unfortunately, far too often an abused party may feel compelled to remain in a relationship in spite of the very real potential dangers.

Coercion should play no role in the signing of a prenup

Creating a prenuptial agreement is typically a good idea for every couple who is planning on getting married. A prenup can clarify the responsibilities and rights that each spouse will have throughout the marriage and even into a divorce if things don't work out. Moreover, by prearranging such things as property division, the divorce process can be carried out with greater efficiency and less cost.

Divorce does not alter your contributions to your marriage

One of the main intentions of marriage is to form a partnership between two people in which both play important roles. Every married couple decides how they will divide their tasks and responsibilities. And for a marriage to work, each partner must respect the other's contributions.

What happens if I don't make my child support payments?

Regardless of your financial situation, there are some payments you cannot afford to miss. Child support is one such expense. In California, you could face a variety of penalties if you should fail to make your child support payments in accordance with the conditions established by the court.

Curbing emotions can help you get through a custody dispute

A divorce can bring so many emotions to the surface. And this can be especially true for divorcing parents. Child custody issues can trigger animosity in both parties, so much so that it can be easy to lose track of what matters most; the emotional health and well-being of the child.

What can I do to maintain a good relationship with my grandchild?

If you are a grandparent, it almost goes without saying that you want the very best for your grandchild. Perhaps there are even times when your love and concern feel overwhelming. This can be especially true if you believe the child's parents could be doing a little better job in some regard. While it may be tempting to step in and try to correct what you believe are mistakes, it is often best to refrain from getting too involved.

When it comes to prenups, wording matters

If you are planning to get married in the near future, you may be contemplating how the move will affect your life. And make no mistake, marriage is a very big step that should only be taken with a sense of certainty that you and your partner will remain compatible for the long haul. But if you are a realist, or have had relationships end acrimoniously in the past, you likely understand that things don't always work out as planned.

Divorcing a narcissist can provide extra challenges

For a marriage to succeed, both partners must be willing to compromise and give strong consideration to each other's needs and feelings. But there are some people who are simply incapable of doing what it takes to sustain a healthy relationship. Individuals with narcissistic tendencies typically see the world through a prism of their own desires. This can make them seem very charming on the surface, and they are often able to involve others in their lives. Unfortunately, if you have married a narcissist, you may have come to the conclusion that it is in your best interest to sever ties by divorcing.

Special needs parents need appropriate child support

Being a parent is one of the most challenging jobs imaginable. You are responsible for the care, growth, development and happiness of another human being who is totally dependent on you. While it can be gratifying to meet these demands, it can also be emotionally draining and even a bit scary at times. It is so easy to worry if you are doing things correctly and if your child is on the path to becoming a healthy and productive adult.