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Tips for raising a teenager after divorce

The divorce process can be a challenge if you have no children. If you add at least one child to the mix, you'll find yourself addressing a variety of additional issues.

There are many tips you can follow when raising a teenager after divorce, including the following:

  • Don't talk bad about the other parent. Your teen is old enough to know what you are saying, so you should avoid this at all costs.
  • Realize that you can't control the way your teen feels. While you can do your best to provide your teen with advice and guidance, you can't control how he or she feels. The best thing you can do is be a good parent.
  • Find people who know what you are going through. It's nice to have someone to speak with as you go through the process of raising a teen after divorce. For instance, other divorced parents may be able to help answer some of your questions.
  • Leave time for you and your teen to hang out. They may not want to spend as much time with you as they did in the past, but there's nothing wrong with blocking out time in your schedule when possible.

Have you created a property division checklist?

If you're going through a divorce, there will come a time when matters of property division need to be figured out. While some people find that this is easier than expected, this is not always the case.

There are many things you need to do to get on the right track, including drafting your property division checklist. With this in hand, you can be confident that every last asset is addressed in the appropriate manner.

Here are some things a prenuptial agreement can do for you

If you are having thoughts about asking your soon to be spouse to sign a prenuptial agreement, you need to bring this to light as soon as possible.

There are many things a prenuptial agreement can do for both individuals, so it makes good sense to sit down and discuss the finer details.

Tension and co-parenting: How to make things better

When it comes to co-parenting, you know one thing to be true: Tension will likely always be in the air.

While this may be the case at first, you can make things better over time. With the right approach, it's possible that you could eliminate some of the tension as to make life easier on all parties involved.

How will you prepare to tell your child about your divorce?

If you have a child with your soon-to-be ex-spouse, there may come a time when you have to discuss the divorce process with him or her (depending on his or her age).

There are many things you need to say and do, so it's important that you take the right approach from the start.

Follow these legal tips before signing a prenuptial agreement

Are you thinking about signing a prenuptial agreement? Are you concerned that you could be making a big mistake? Do you worry that you could do something wrong along the way?

Once you clear the air and are sure that it makes sense to move forward, there are a few things you can do from a legal perspective that will put you in an even better place. Here are some ideas to consider:

  • Work with an attorney. This will help ensure that the prenuptial agreement is legally binding, and that you are not making any mistakes that could work against you in the future.
  • Take your time. You shouldn't rush into a prenuptial agreement. You need to review the terms and conditions in great detail to ensure that you understand exactly what it means.
  • Videotape the signing of the prenuptial agreement. This will go a long way in proving that both individuals signed at will, as opposed to under duress.

A high conflict divorce can be stressful

Any divorce, regardless of how both individuals feel about it, can be stressful. However, in the event of a high conflict divorce, it's more likely that you will run into a variety of challenges.

Even if you were once part of a happy marriage, you never know what the future could bring.

Answer these questions before telling your child about divorce

If you and your spouse decide to move forward with the divorce process, you may need to discuss this with your child (if you have at least one together).

This can be a difficult conversation, so it's important that you prepare accordingly.

What is sole custody of a child?

If you decide to divorce and have a child with your soon-to-be former spouse, you probably want to learn as much as you can about custody.

One of your biggest fears is losing your right to spend time with your child in the future. While sole custody isn't common, you should learn more about this as your divorce moves forward.

Tips to follow when asking for a prenuptial agreement

Asking your partner for a prenuptial agreement is easier said than done. Even though you may realize that this is in your best interest, it's not always simple to bring the topic to the forefront.

There are many tips you can follow when asking for a prenuptial agreement, including the following:

  • Give yourself plenty of time. You need to start the conversation as soon as possible, hopefully several months before your wedding day. This gives you enough time to work through the finer details.
  • Talk about the terms together. Just because you are the one who brought up a prenuptial agreement doesn't mean that the other person will simply sign on the dotted line. It's important for you to work together on the terms and conditions. This will ensure that both individuals are happy with the agreement in the end.
  • Keep an open mind. Even though you may have some ideas about why you need a prenuptial agreement, your partner may not feel the same way. You should keep an open mind as you discuss this agreement and how to best move forward.

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