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Use these tips to prepare for divorce

Divorce can be an ugly business. It causes emotional turmoil that often results in depression, confusion and an entire rollercoaster off other feelings. As a woman, divorce will more than likely also cause your finances to take a hit. This is why it is vital that as soon as you think you are heading for divorce, you should start preparing.

As a result of your divorce, you will have to start over. Even if alimony is part of your divorce, you may still have to manage your expenses with a lower income. However, with just a few steps, you protect your finances.

Do you know how to create a visitation schedule?

If you are going through the divorce process and have at least one child with the other person, you'll want to learn more about creating a formal visitation schedule.

With this in hand, you, the other parent and your child will know exactly what to expect in regards to visitation.

Do you understand the details of parenting coordination?

If you're going through a divorce or find yourself dealing with matters of child custody, you'll want to learn more about parenting coordination.

Last year (2016), the Florida State Legislature approved a statute regarding the use of parenting coordination to settle disputes. The purpose of this approach is to ensure that both individuals make decisions based on the best interests of the child.

Have you answered these child custody questions?

At some point, such as if you are going through a divorce, you may come to find that you have questions and concerns regarding child custody.

While you hope to win custody of your child, you never know what will happen as the process moves forward. This is why it's so important to understand the ins and outs of the legal system, while also knowing where you fit in.

How will you manage parenting time this holiday season?

Even if you are divorced, the holiday season can be one of the most enjoyable times of the year. As far in advance as possible, you'll want to speak with your ex-spouse about parenting time schedules during the holidays.

While this is never a simple conversation to have, you know that it's important. Once you have a schedule in place, it's much easier to have a clear idea of how to tackle the busy holiday season.

Questions to answer if you're asked about a prenuptial agreement

As you plan your wedding, there could come a point when your partner asks you to sign a prenuptial agreement. While many people see this coming, others are caught off guard and unsure of what to do next.

If your partner asks you to sign a prenuptial agreement, there are a few key steps you need to take. It all starts with answering the following questions:

  • What is a prenuptial agreement and how will it impact me now and in the future?
  • Has your partner already created the prenuptial agreement, or is he or she willing to work with you to do this?
  • What is the best way to agree on the terms that are outlined in the prenuptial agreement?
  • What steps should you take if you run into an issue negotiating the terms of a prenuptial agreement?
  • What will you do if you begin to feel pressure from your partner to sign the prenuptial agreement?
  • Does agreeing to a prenuptial agreement mean that your marriage is doomed from the start?

Don’t make these mistakes when asking for a divorce

There will be a lot going through your mind if you come to the conclusion that you need to ask your spouse for a divorce. While you may have some questions to answer in the future, the first thing you should do is create a plan for bringing your feelings to the forefront.

Here are some of the many mistakes you don't want to make when asking for a divorce:

  • Choosing the wrong time to have the conversation. This isn't something you tell your spouse while you're on vacation or having a family dinner.
  • Blurting out your intentions without thinking it through. You need to realize the impact that divorce will have on your life.
  • Becoming angry with your spouse. Even though you may be disappointed, you shouldn't let this turn into anger. It will only make things worse on both individuals.
  • Putting your safety at risk. If you know your spouse could become angry and potentially violent, you need to ask for a divorce in a public place or over the phone. There is nothing more important than your safety.

How to properly handle child custody during the school year

The school year brings about a lot of stress, worry and other emotions for children of all ages. If you have recently been through a divorce, there are plenty of things you can do to make sure that your children enjoy the school year. We will discuss those items in today's post so you can properly handle child custody during the school year in Miami.

Make it a point to never turn your child into a messenger. Any changes in their school schedule or activities should be relayed to the other parent by you, not by your child. If you cannot speak to the other parent civilly in person or on the phone, you can always use email to relay this information. Your child should not be utilized as a messenger between you and the teacher either.

Are you familiar with these prenuptial agreement mistakes?

When the time comes to consider a prenuptial agreement, you must make sure you are on the same page as your soon-to-be spouse.

Although you may have different ideas of how to move forward at this point, you should at least discuss your basic thoughts in regards to a prenuptial agreement. This will put you on the right path to making decisions as to what you should do next.

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.

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