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Holidays, divorce and children

Parents in New York who are getting a divorce may need to think about how they will spend the holidays. The holidays can be a difficult time for a single parent, particularly in the first year or two after the divorce. However, it is important for a parent to keep the focus on the children because it can be even more difficult for them. There are several ways that separated parents can reassure their kids.

It is important to not try to smooth over the situation with extravagant gifts. Furthermore, a parent should not badmouth the other parent during this time. New holiday traditions can be created in place of the old ones. Parents who are unable to be with their children at this time should spend time with friends and family.

How to co-parent around the holidays

Many people feel the ramifications of a divorce long after getting out of court. For parents, that is no more evident than when they have to decide who the kids will spend the holidays with. 

The first Christmas or Hanukkah after a divorce can be tough, but as long as both parents remain open to compromise, everyone can get through this time with a great experience. The parents should always put the kids first and make sure they have a great time. 

4 ways to financially prepare for divorce in the New Year

The New Year means it may be the time you decide to file for divorce. However, before you jump right into it, you should take some careful steps. Getting a divorce can leave your finances in tatters if you are not ready for the process. 

You should get a few things in order before you start the divorce so you can protect your finances. Follow the steps below to financially prepare yourself for the end of your marriage. 

3 tips for guaranteeing holiday time with the grandkids

Divorce is hard on everyone in the family when children are involved. For grandparents, it can feel like you’re losing time with your grandkids due to split custody. This can be especially prominent during the holidays. Previous family traditions may be put aside as the parents work out a holiday schedule that is equitable for them.

As a grandparent, you still have a right to see your grandchildren this holiday season. However, it is important to assert that right in a respectful way that achieves the outcome you desire. Here are a few tips for discussing the topic with your child and former child-in-law.

How financial planners view gray divorce

The challenges facing you when you get a divorce after the age of 50 can be significantly different from a young couple with few assets. After all, you have likely spent twenty to thirty years investing in retirement plans, paying off the mortgage and perhaps collecting some fine wine for your cellar.

When divvying up your marital property, it's a good idea to talk to a financial advisor experienced in gray divorce so your future plans remain intact. Here are just a few highlights to keep an eye on during negotiations.

Online dating's effect on marriage

The world is going down the tubes, right? Not according to the latest statistics regarding divorce rates and online dating. Since the explosion of internet dating sites like and Tinder, singles are finding new ways to connect with potential mates, and dates are rapidly converting into marriages.

Why is that?

Making joint custody work

Studies have repeatedly shown that children who grow up enjoying the support and guidance of both parents are generally healthier and happier. Therefore, it should be your goal to enter into a joint custody arrangement with a positive attitude and a mutual goal of creating a nurturing co-parenting program.

Here are a few quick tips to help you get started.

Grandparents’ visitation rights, under limited circumstances

New York grandparents can get court ordered visitation with their grandkids, but only under certain situations, or even uncertain situations. The statutory scheme allowing for a court to interfere in a parent’s decision to not allow visitation is not overly clear.

However, just as children have rights in divorce situations between their parents, so may grandparents and kids have rights that take precedence when it comes to the grandparent-grandchild relationship.

How does divorce affect kids’ health?

It's always stressful to consider divorce as the next step of your marital relationship. Many parents actually try to avoid divorce until the children have left for college or moved out to spare additional upheaval. However, staying together for the sake of the children may not always be the best option for you or them. But new research is indicating that the harmful effects of divorce are not just limited to emotional distress. What should you do?

Arguments and silence result in long-term effects

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.

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