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Start making holiday plans for child custody now

The holiday season is fast approaching. There are fewer than 100 days to Christmas. Even before then, you have to think about Halloween and Thanksgiving. All of these holidays are difficult enough to plan for, but when you have a child custody arrangement, they can be even more challenging. We know that you don't want to have to deal with holiday stress, so you should think about reviewing the plans for the season now.

By starting to look at the schedule and figure out what is going to happen now instead of waiting until the last minute, you will have time to find solutions to any issues that might come up. One thing that you need to remember is that if you need a court date, you will need to be sure that you are leaving time to get the matter on the docket.

Can I change a prenuptial agreement after marriage?

If you were recently married in California and had a prenuptial agreement created before exchanging your vows it's likely you might need to or want to edit this agreement down the road. There are changes that happen in life that could lead to this necessity. The question here is key: Can you change the prenuptial agreement after marriage? The simple answer is yes. Let's take a better look at this issue.

If something comes up in your life that makes you consider changing your prenuptial agreement after getting married, you need to take a long look at how it is built right now. Consider terminating the prenuptial agreement before looking to editing the document.

Divorcing with toddlers requires special attention

Toddlers have some very unique needs because they aren't babies any longer and are working on figuring out how to navigate in the world. This is a time when they are often clingy with their parents and need to have consistency. When their parents are in the midst of a divorce, this might be hard for the tots to handle.

Parents of toddlers have to find ways to help them thrive during the divorce. The skills they learn now and how they are helped during this time in their life can have a lasting impact on these little kids.

Set aside child support payments for education

Receiving child support payments from the other parent of your children can help you raise them properly in California. When you receive these payments, it's imperative that you use them properly. If you don't, you could find yourself without the right amount of money to provide for your children. Make sure you set aside child support payments for education.

One of the first things you can do is open a savings account and earmark it for educational use. Each month when you receive a child support payment, you can deposit some of it in this account. By saving a little bit of the payment each month, you will be able to build the account for later use.

Is one of these issues leading you to divorce?

If someone were to ask you to predict which of your neighbors' marriages might end in divorce, would you have some ideas? Current data suggests as many as half of all marriages will end in divorce rather than last a lifetime. Perhaps your own relationship is currently standing on rocky ground and you are considering divorce as well.

You may relate to some of the most common issues other couples say they encountered before ultimately determining that divorce was their most viable option. Some couples are actually able to overcome their problems and restore their relationships. Others try, but their efforts prove unsuccessful, so they change their focus toward keeping their kids' best interests in mind and negotiating fair and agreeable settlements.

Find support for the end of your marriage

There might be times during your divorce when you feel like you are alone. This can be a difficult time in your life, but it is important that you find the support system that you need to help you through it. There are different types of support that you might benefit from in these situations.

Now might be a good time for you to reconnect with friends and family members who you grew apart from when you were married. Try to make sure that you are working on building a relationship with friends and family members who you trust and who can help you remain positive during this time.

Divorce: How should you tell the kids?

Almost every household has felt the impact of divorce in some way. Most adults have either been divorced or know someone who has. If you're considering divorce yourself, you may be a bit worried about how your children will react to the news when you tell them. You're definitely not the only parent with these concerns.

Undoubtedly, one of your main priorities is to provide as much support and as many resources for your children as you can to help them come to terms with the situation and begin moving forward to a happy, healthy life after the divorce.

How to explain custody changes to your children

Entering into a custody agreement with the other parent of your children can be scary for you, the other parent and the children. One of the most important things you can do for your children is to have an open, honest discussion with them about the situation. There will be new living arrangements for everyone to get used to, including swapping weekends and holidays.

Many children will find it frightening that they cannot access both of their parents at any given time when a custody arrangement is in place. This will take quite a long time to get used to for children of any age. This is in large part due to separation anxiety.

Mistakes happen when raising children after divorce

Navigating your new life as a single parent isn't going to be easy. You have many things to consider as you think about how your household is going to work. As you figure out what works and what doesn't, you might realize that you've made a mistake.

All parents make mistakes. You shouldn't be too hard on yourself when you do. You also shouldn't harp on ones that your ex makes. Instead, remember that forgiving yourself and your ex can help to diffuse a stressful situation.

What do I have to disclose when creating a prenup?

Are you planning a wedding in Orange, California? If so, you've likely got a lot on your mind. It's important that you sit down with your future spouse and talk openly and honestly about the expectations for marriage. You should also discuss the signing of a prenuptial agreement. You don't want to find yourself in a difficult situation should the marriage end in divorce. So, what needs to be disclosed when creating a prenuptial agreement?

When it comes to creating a prenuptial agreement, you are required to disclose every single asset you have to your name. This includes all checking and savings accounts, retirement accounts, brokerage accounts, value of any business you own, real estate and other property.