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Review your parenting plan to start off 2019 on the right foot

The new year is the perfect time to review your child custody order to ensure that it sets your child up for the best year possible. Many parents don't realize that you have the option of modifying these orders as the child gets older and their needs change. We know that the process of modifying the custody order can seem daunting, but we are here to help you get it done.

Tips to plan for the new year as your marriage ends

Not all marriages last, and yours is ending in divorce. The new year is coming up, and it feels like the ideal time to start planning for what your new life is going to be like. Who do you want to be in 2019? What do you want your life to look like? Remember, you have complete control over the course your life takes from here on out.

Young people and the rise of prenups: Why it is happening

Prenuptial agreements certainly are not new, but the way that young married couples view them today is vastly different from the way that their own parents looked at them. It has made prenups more popular with couples in recent years. As a result, prenups are a bit more easily accepted than they once were.

Things to know regarding the family law appeals process

When you got divorced, you were hopeful that you could put the past behind you and move on with your kids to a new lifestyle. You quickly realized things wouldn't be going so smoothly when your ex announced that he or she wanted to change the existing custody arrangement. You weren't overly concerned about it at the time, although you may have been somewhat annoyed.

Protect your finances in a child support case

Child support is a big financial undertaking for a parent who has to make these payments. It is all too easy to fall into the mode of thinking that the payments are going to your ex, so they are a burden. Instead of thinking that way, remember that the money you hand over goes directly to helping provide for your children. This might make it easier for you when it is time to pay.

Intriguing facts about divorce in America

To understand divorce in the United States, it's important to take a look at some of the more interesting facts and statistics that have been compiled over the years. These can help you see why divorce tends to happen, what the odds are that it will happen to you and more. This understanding can then help you plan for your divorce and how to move forward with your life.

Tips for low-stress, post-divorce holidays

If you ask parents what they love most about the holidays, many will likely say they enjoy spending some down time with their children. You might be among those who also say that even though they love the holidays, it tends to be a stressful, busy time of year. If you recently divorced, this holiday season may challenge you in more ways than one; after all, you and your kids will be adapting to your new routines.

Parenting plan terms should provide stability for the kids

Trying to help your child adjust to having their parents split up is difficult. You have to think carefully about what your kids can handle right now. They are probably dealing with a lot of emotions now. These might be more intense than what you realize because children, especially young ones, might have trouble expressing these.

What is a primary caretaker?

When determining who gets custody of the children, the role of the primary caretaker may factor in. Sometimes, this person gets preference over the other parent, seeing as how they have been more involved with the children before the divorce. While both parents often do still get access to the children, the court understands that it may be in the children's best interests to still get the same level of care they have grown accustomed to.