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Dealing With a Divorce During Christmastime

When a marriage has reached its bitter end, some couples try to make it through the holidays “for the sake of the children.” Others, however, decide that they can’t live together anymore and decide to divorce right before the holidays. It can be devastating to have a family split up during Christmas, which is undeniably a time for families to spend time together. Children may find the holidays a little less joyful when they’re having…

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Dealing with Security: Protecting your Personal Information

According to McAfee’s online security expert Robert Sicilano, “Sharing passwords is seen as a sign of love and devotion, a sign of commitment.” Handing over the digital keys to your life may have been as significant in the relationship as making a set of house keys. But just as you may change the locks on the front door, “When the relationship goes south, change those passwords right away,” warned Sicilano. When you are getting a…

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Parenting Schedules During the Holidays

After a divorce, child custody can get complicated. Even if there is a parenting plan outlined in the divorce decree, things can get tricky during the holidays. Who gets the kids on Thanksgiving? What about Christmas Day? Can I travel with the kids? If there is no court order specifying which parent gets the kids during each holiday, then it’s up to the parents to agree. However, this is often easier said than done, considering…

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The Brass Tacks of Getting Divorced: An Introduction

When you get divorced, many folks offer you advice. As well-meaning as friends and family try to be, they may suggest non-helpful words of wisdom about closure and moving on. When what you really may need is information on the more pragmatic side of divorce. Such as: “How does my divorce impact my credit score?” “My spouse and I shared internet accounts—how do we split those up?” and so forth. These are little-discussed issues, but…

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Restraining Orders and Family Law

When domestic violence is present in a relationship, or threats of violence have been made, a restraining order may be necessary to protect all parties involved. Often, the need for a restraining order presents itself during a breakup or divorce, when tensions are at an all-time high. A restraining order, also called a protective order, can affect family law proceedings in a number of ways. This post covers how orders of protection may impact legal…

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Getting an Annulment in New York

A marriage can end one of two ways: divorce or annulment. While divorce dissolves a legal marriage, an annulment retroactively determines the marriage was void or invalid from the outset. People with religious or cultural objections to divorce may view annulment as an attractive alternative means to end their marriages. However, only in very limited circumstances will the state of New York grant an annulment. Void and Voidable Marriages If a union is bigamous/polygamous, incestuous,…

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Surviving Thanksgiving After a Divorce

Tis the season of gratitude, but if you are going through a divorce, you may find it difficult to feel thankful. The end of a marriage never comes easy, and the holidays are a particularly tough time for divorcing families. So while you may not look back on this year as the best Thanksgiving ever, there are some simple things you can do to keep calm and carry on this holiday season. Tips for Surviving…

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Divorce and Pet Custody

Pet custody is a major issue for animal-loving couples going through a divorce. A 2014 survey reported a 27% increase in cases involving family pets in the last few years. Divorcing couples are encouraged to work out pet custody arrangements on their own. Mediation may be able to help a divorcing couple reach a compromise, such as shared custody or visitation. However, a judge may not be able to enforce these agreements. If the spouses…

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The Pros and Cons of Co-Parenting

While marriage is supposed to be the cord linking two souls, sometimes the cord needs to be cut. It’s not uncommon to see couples, even after years of being together, decide that their relationship has deteriorated beyond repair. They decide to get a divorce, which can have some serious implications if it involves a child. The effect on children depends upon how the parents handle the divorce litigation. Given the high divorce rates in the…

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What is Bird’s Nest Custody?

Bird’s nest custody refers to a shared custody arrangement for separated or divorced parents. It entails the children living in only one house, with the parents taking turns living with the kids in that house. So when it’s time for Dad to come home, Mom will leave, and when it’s time for Mom to come home, Dad will leave. The children will remain in the house at all times, instead of being the ones shuffled…

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