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Maintaining lifestyle important for children of divorce

Despite their protestations when it is time to go to bed or if they want to eat dessert without having touched any vegetables, children need structure and rules. And children need continuity. It can be very difficult for a child who has to suddenly adjust to a dramatic life change. And certainly, when a child's parents divorce, there will be major changes with which to contend.

Five tips to remember when heading into a high net worth divorce

A divorce can easily bring out the worst in you and your spouse as you try to protect yourselves and your assets. To avoid this, you might take a more passive stance, but this can be detrimental to your long-term financial health. Here are five tips to keep in mind when you're starting the divorce process.

Parenting plans help provide continuity

If you are planning to divorce and you have children, you know that you will be experiencing some profound life changes. For one thing, you likely will be sharing custody with your child's other parent. As such, you will be contending with scheduling and other time management issues. But while your parenting agreement covers how the child's time will be divided, it does not contain instructions on how to actually handle the adjustment to your changing circumstances.

How can I benefit from a cohabitation agreement?

So you and your significant other have decided to take your relationship to the next level and move in together. But, you are not interested in walking down the aisle and exchanging vows; at least not yet. This is quite common. Many couples opt to live together without getting married. Cohabiting is a great way for couples to learn about one another without the legal entanglements created by marriage.

Mediation can benefit couples who are prepared to cooperate

Going to trial is likely not necessary for divorcing couples who are on reasonably amicable terms. If you and your ex are able to comfortably communicate, your best move may be to settle the issues of your divorce by meeting with a mediator. A mediator's role is to act in an empathetic and impartial manner to help divorcing couples come to mutually agreed upon terms.

Decisive action needed after you opt for divorce

Once the decision has been made and you know for certain that you are getting divorced, then there are many matters that call for swift and decisive action. Even if you are feeling emotionally pummeled by the prospect of ending your relationship, you need to be very proactive in regard to protecting your assets. Simply put, you cannot afford to let your sadness or anxiety cause you to delay doing what is necessary.

Many factors could signal the need for a prenuptial agreement

If you are approaching your wedding day, you may only be seeing your marriage through the rose-colored glasses of love. This is only natural and hopefully your positive feelings for your partner will never wane. But eventually, the initial rush of affection that motivates so much of your present behavior will subside somewhat. As such, it is important to remind yourself that marriage is a legal bond as well as an emotional commitment.

What can I expect during my child support hearing?

If you are a parent going through a divorce, it is quite likely that you will have to work out a child support payment plan. The final terms will have to be approved by a judge, which requires you to appear at a hearing. As you can imagine, you want to make sure that when the big day arrives, the process goes as smoothly as possible.

A good parenting plan provides your child with needed structure

Parents typically know how important stability is in their child's life. Children need structure and consistency to feel secure. Unfortunately, sometimes circumstances can arise that upend the home life that a child has become accustomed to. And divorce is an extremely common reason for children having to cope with sudden life changes.

One of Hollywood's most famous couples divorces

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie comprised what was likely the most renowned power couple in Hollywood. The two stars, known together in the tabloids as "Brangelina," seemed to be living the most idyllic lives imaginable. But recently, Ms. Jolie filed for divorce, thus ending the pair's two-year marriage and 12-year partnership. The split serves as a reminder that all marriages have their challenges, which sometimes lead to irreconcilable differences.