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Reducing the conflict in your high-conflict divorce

Even at the best of times, divorce is stressful for all involved to one degree or another. Of course, every divorce is different, and some are more upsetting than others. One of the most agonizing types of these is the high-conflict divorce, when the legal processes may drag on for months or even years, sometimes with no end in sight, because your divorcing spouse refuses to cooperate.

Whether your ex won't even try to see eye-to-eye or make any concessions, or if he or she just seems to enjoy watching you suffer, you may feel like you can't win. According to advisors, though, changing that very mindset on your own terms might prove key to improving your mental health throughout the divorce process. If you can stop viewing your divorce as a battle with a winner and a loser and instead concentrate on your own emotional well-being, you may come out better in the long run.

Is there a bird's nest in your post divorce future?

Are you soon to become one of many divorced parents in Pennsylvania? Since it's currently the start of a new school year in most states, you're likely already facing several challenges regarding the logistics of working out child custody arrangements and helping your children develop stable (albeit very new) routines regarding going to school and having time with both parents who no longer live under the same roof. Technically, you can still live under the same roof if you want to, but perhaps not all at the same time.

A relatively new post-divorce trend has helped many parents resolve their child custody problems. It's typically referred to as bird nesting and is a co-parenting arrangement that keeps children from having to relocate after divorce. Since your situation isn't exactly the same as any other parent's, bird nesting may or may not be the answer to your problems.

Important points when considering relocation

After your divorce, you probably spent a lot of time thinking about what to do next, especially if you moved away from your hometown and family to get married. Now, it may not make sense to you to remain in Pennsylvania if the people who love and support you are in another state. Maybe you already know that there is a good job for you and great school for the kids.

This is where things may become tricky. While there may be wonderful opportunities for you, moving may have a tremendous impact on your children and their relationship with their other parent.

A grey divorce doesn't have to put your finances in the red

No matter how you look at it, divorce is often a stressful and intimidating process. Perhaps you are closing in on retirement age. If you and your spouse choose to part ways, you might have growing concerns about the potential financial ramifications of a grey divorce.

For those nearing this point in life, financial standings are often paramount to the road ahead. Although the divorce will likely have an impact on your finances, there may be certain measures you can take that could help you avoid a disruption in your plans for retirement.

Is your attorney up to scratch or are you itching for change?

Going through divorce can cause you to feel a great deal of stress. You may want to do your best to lessen that stress as much as possible, but certain circumstances may prove unavoidable. As you work through your case, you will likely want to gain professional assistance in order to pass some of the workload and decision-making onto a knowledgeable individual who should make your legal situation, at the very least, somewhat easier.

Though you may have hired an attorney in hopes of gaining an advocate who would look out for your best interests, you may find yourself feeling displeased with his or her services. As a result, you may also begin to wonder whether you have the option of finding new legal counsel.

Different types of custody and the right choices for your family

Issues pertaining to parenting time and visitation are some of the most complex and emotionally charged in any divorce, no matter how amicable the two parties may be. Pennsylvania parents may choose to work on a visitation and custody plan outside of court, which will allow them to exercise better control over the final details of their family's unique situation.

If you are separating or divorcing, you know how important it is to minimize the negative impact that this decision can have on the youngest members of the family. One of the ways that you can do this is by seeking an understanding of your custody options and making the best choice based on the best interests of your kids.

Checking into parental rights before the summer vacation hotel

The time has come. You're about to embark on your first summer vacation with your children since you and your former spouse decided to call it quits. You're a little nervous, but determined to enjoy your time away with your kids, creating fresh memories in your new lifestyle that you'll cherish forever. If you're facing a few problems where your child custody arrangement is concerned, you're definitely not alone. Many other Pennsylvania parents have overcome substantial challenges when former spouses tried to create obstacles to their vacation plans.

Clear communication is often a key to success in such situations. However, seeing as many marriages decline in the first place due to serious breakdowns in this area, it's not always possible to amicably discuss such matters without eruptions of anger or disagreement occurring. Staying one step ahead often amounts to knowing exactly what your rights as a parent are, and where to turn for help when troubling issues arise. These two factors may prevent post-divorce summer break problems.

Before I do: who really needs a prenup?

When you think of a prenuptial agreement, you may think first of the celebrity divorces that often make headlines, often involving two people fighting over fancy homes and other valuable property. While celebrities and the wealthy often sign prenuptial agreements to protect their property interests in case of a divorce, it is not a step only necessary for those who have more than a certain amount of money.

Even average income earners can benefit from the protections provided by a prenuptial agreement. Not only will this allow you to address property division issues in case of a divorce, it will also allow you to discuss the distribution of marital debt and other assets or liabilities.

When financial deceit threatens your future

Nearly all spouses keep some kind of financial secrets from their partners. This deception may be something small like a splurge at the mall or something embarrassing like credit card debt. In some cases, however, a spouse may hide income, assets or spending habits that may affect the welfare of the family or the level of trust the couple shares.

If your spouse is financially unfaithful, it could be because he or she wants to maintain control over you by controlling the money. This may be especially significant if you and your spouse are heading toward divorce.

Divorce déjà vu: The end of your second marriage

After your first marriage ended, you may have resolved to make the next one work. You learned from your mistakes, and you were confident you would not repeat them. Like many who remarry, you may have hoped you found the perfect partner this time. The first divorce probably made you painfully aware of every flaw in your spouse, and you thought your new partner might be different.

Despite your best efforts, you are facing a second divorce. It's probably no comfort to learn that the odds were against you from the beginning. In fact, some statistics show that 60 percent of second marriages end in divorce.

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