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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.

Finding hidden assets is important for creating fair settlements

One of the most common traits of marriages that are on the brink of ending is the loss of trust between partners as the honesty and openness that once typified a relationship turns to suspicion and resentments. And as things move toward the divorce process, a spouse may begin to try to hide assets so they cannot be divided with the other spouse. And while such conduct is illegal and unethical, it's also not uncommon.

Avoiding the "double divorce"

According to the U.S. Census Report, there are roughly 3 million businesses in the U.S. that are co-owned by spouses. But if there's no written agreement and the marriage ends up in divorce, the business could end up as collateral damage. A breakup of a marriage is one thing. But a breakup of a business, too? That's even harder. Many feel as though it's like going through a "double divorce."

Spousal support could be critical for starting a new life

During its existence, a marriage is a partnership, and each spouse plays his or her respective role. Sometimes a couple decides that it is best that they both get jobs and contribute to the household finances. In other cases, they may feel that it is best to split duties, with one spouse taking a job while the other focuses on caring for the children and the home. Both choices are equally valid, and so long as the marriage is intact, it is simply a matter of personal preference.

What factors are important when planning vacation custody?

The good old summer time has rolled back around, and perhaps no one is happier about that fact than the children who will have an extended break from school. This can also be a great opportunity for parents to spend extra time with their children. If you are a divorced parent, you may need to take a couple of extra steps to make your vacation plans a reality.

Getting your finances straight can make life after divorce easier

If you are going through the divorce process, you may feel overwhelmed by all the changes you are facing and the decisions you're having to make. Moreover, if your divorce is particularly contentious, you may be dealing with some very strong emotions, which can be both exhausting and distracting. With so much going on, you might be trying to take everything one day at a time without focusing too much on what lays ahead.

How can I introduce the idea of a prenup to my partner?

As the summer approaches, many happy couples are making wedding plans. Congratulations if you are among those who are planning to tie the knot in the not-too-distant future. While all is going well now, it is always a good idea to keep an eye on the future. This is why you may want to have an honest talk with your partner about your shared finances.