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How can a guardian ad litem help my child during a divorce?

Divorce is difficult at the best of times. It gets even more complicated when you add children into the mix.  The emotional tug of war begins during the separation with each spouse determined to keep their child as close as possible. 

When the arguments about custody accelerate, it can become impossible to separate your personal convictions about child-rearing from the desire to get the last word in against your ex. When neither side is willing or able to bring coherent arguments regarding custody in front of the judge, the court may appoint a guardian ad litem -- also known as an "attorney for the child" to assist.

5 tips for coping when your summer plans change

Schools out! That means you are probably planning for some escape time with your kids. However, when shared custody is part of your life, planning that beach time can be real challenge without further igniting the uncomfortable relationship with your ex. Keep these tips in mind when working out the family planner this year.

  1. Plan Ahead: Start making those holiday plans well in advance, as there is the other part of your child's family to keep in mind. That gives everybody time to plot, adjust, and agree.
  2. Keep Everybody in the Loop: Do not exclude your ex-spouse, no matter how tempting that may be. Let them know where and when you have reservations. Keep it positive so your child can look forward to the break.
  3. Be Flexible: There might be big plans in the other household, too, which can be just as important for your child. Be willing to listen to your child's wishes and make changes to your plans to accommodate their ideas. You will face less opposition from your ex when the kid is happy.
  4. Notify the Other Parent when Plans Change: Last second changes do happen, and once you pick up the kid it is so easy to just go with the flow. But your ex has the legal right to know where their kid is, too. Avoid further legal wrangling, do the adult thing, and let everybody know what happened.
  5. It's Not Just Your Vacation: Summer might feel like you finally have the chance to schedule your family's life as you wish, but remember your child may have plans of their own especially if they're in their teens. This is your opportunity to strengthen the family bonds. Include the whole family in the decision process and enjoy every minute of your time in the sun.

The Bloodhounds of Accounting

It is known that many spouses hide assets— especially in the months or years preceding a divorce. It is tricky to determine where all of the money is when one spouse owns a business or is secretive about their finances. There are plenty of ways to stash assets when one spouse wants to avoid paying alimony or child support.

An Experienced Attorney Knows Where To Look

Calling it quits after 30 years of marriage

After 30 years of marriage you and your husband have decided to get a divorce. You’ve built quite a life together over the last three decades and the thought of starting fresh is overwhelming. Where do you even begin?

There are many things to consider in a gray divorce. One of the biggest concerns is ensuring that you’re taken care of in your golden years. While it’s impossible to know what the future holds, it is possible to plan accordingly and set yourself up for many more years of happiness.

A child’s time with the other parent post-divorce

When it comes to the period after a divorce, there are many things about the behavior of a parent that can have major impacts on them, their children and their ex. This includes how they act in regards to the time their kids spend with their ex. 

For one, how a parent makes their child feel about time spent with the other parent can matter considerably. If a parent makes their child feel guilty about such visits, it could interfere with a child being able to have strong relationships with both of their parents. Now, it is possible for a parent to be instilling this sort of guilt in their child without even realizing that they are doing it. So, it can be very important for a divorced parent to exercise care when it comes to how they act towards their kid when it comes to their kid’s time with the other parent and to be mindful that how they act could impact their child’s emotional experience.

Study: Many U.S. households see significant income swings

Households can vary greatly in their income situation. Some see fairly steady income year to year. Others have a more volatile income situation, with income shifting quite a bit from one year to the next. A recent study indicates that there are a fair number of Americans who fall into the latter group.

The study, by The Pew Charitable Trusts, looked at income shifts in American households between 2014 and 2015. The study found that around a third of households in the U.S. saw at least a 25 percent shift in income (up or down) over this period.

Lots of baby boomers admit to hiding accounts

Financial infidelity can do all sorts of harm to a relationship. There are many different forms of such infidelity. One is hiding an account (such as a credit card or bank account) from one’s partner.

How common is such account hiding? A recent study looked at the likelihood of having engaged in such conduct among different age groups. According to the study, hiding accounts from a partner at some point was something:

  • 3 percent of people in the silent generation admit to.
  • 11 percent of individuals on the older end of the baby boomer generation say they have done.
  • 5 percent of individuals in generation X say they have done.
  • 3 percent of people in the millennial generation admit to.

Getting advice on what not to do in your divorce

When a couple is divorcing, whether the couple is an opposite-sex couple or a same-sex couple, a diverse range of major issues can come up during their divorce. These issues can regard fundamental things like their finances and their kids.

Given how impactful these issues can end up being, one thing a divorcing person may be quite worried about is making mistakes or missteps when it comes to these issues. So, one of the big questions a person who is divorcing from a same-sex or opposite-sex spouse may have is: What things should I stay away from in the divorce?

One state puts novel laws regarding pets and divorce in place

Each state has its own divorce laws. So, changes in one state’s divorce laws generally do not directly affect what divorce in another state is like. However, it can still be worth keeping an eye out on what sorts of changes other states are making when it comes to divorce. For one, they can point to larger legal trends that are occurring on a given divorce issue. Also, a change in one state might eventually lead to other states considering a similar change.

Recently, an interesting change in divorce-related laws was made in another state, Alaska. The change regards pets. Specifically, it adds some new provisions that directly touch on how issues regarding pets are to be addressed in divorces in Alaska.

Gray divorces and having the full financial picture

Divorcing couples vary greatly in their circumstances. This includes in how long they’ve been married. Some couples end up entering a divorce after decades of being married. This is a situation many divorces of older couples, sometimes referred to as gray divorces, can involve.

Special issues can come up in connection to gray divorces involving couples who were together for a long time. This includes issues related to preparing for divorce proceedings.

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