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Preparing for Property Division in an Equitable Distribution State

To end your marriage in the Midwest, you must prepare for a difficult and complex property division process. Divorce is not only the legal process of terminating a marriage contract but also of dividing ownership rights over the couple’s property. Every state enforces different statutes concerning property division in divorce, and most US states use the equitable distribution standard. As the name suggests, a property division process that unfolds under the equitable distribution standard aims for the fairest possible division of marital assets. However, one person’s interpretation of what would be “fair” in divorce may conflict with their soon-to-be ex-spouse’s

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Creative Ways to Talk About Divorce With Your Children

Divorce is never easy to discuss with anyone, let alone your children. Knowing how to break the news and what to say can be hard. You want to ensure that you are as truthful and honest as possible, but you also don’t want to frighten or cause them undue stress. It’s a sensitive topic and one that requires a lot of thought and care. Rather than just sitting down and telling them that you’re getting a divorce, there are other, more creative ways to break the news. Combining a conversation with an activity can help remove the negative aspects of

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How to Decide the Best Arrangement for Shared Child Custody

When parents get divorced, child custody is one of the most challenging things to decide. How much time should be spent with each parent? What if one parent wants more time than the other? These are tough questions to answer, and there is no perfect solution. With a better understanding of the options available, however, you can work with your spouse to devise a schedule that works best for everyone involved. Here are a few things to keep in mind when creating a child custody schedule: The age of the children. This is probably the most important factor to consider

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What to Look for in an Effective Divorce Attorney

When you are getting a divorce, it is crucial to choose the right attorney. You need someone with your best interests in mind to help you through this difficult time. There are many considerations when choosing an attorney, such as experience, fees, and location. By better understanding what to look for in an effective divorce attorney, you can make the best decision for your personal needs. Experience One of the most important factors to consider when choosing a divorce attorney is experience. No one wants to take a chance with their case by hiring someone who has not handled many

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Debunking the Myths Surrounding Prenuptial Agreements: What You Need to Know

When it comes to prenuptial agreements, there are a lot of myths and misconceptions that are perpetuated. Some people think they are just for the wealthy or signal a lack of trust in one’s partner. The truth is, however, that prenuptial agreements can be helpful for any couple, regardless of their financial status. One can better understand and appreciate their value by dispelling some of the most common myths about prenuptial agreements. Myth 1: Only the Wealthy Need Prenuptial Agreements This is perhaps the most common myth about prenuptial agreements. The stereotype derives from the notion that prenuptial agreements are

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Recovering From Domestic Violence: A Guide for Victims and Their Families

If you are a victim of domestic violence, you are not alone. Thousands of people experience domestic violence yearly, and many of them struggle to recover. This can be a challenging process, but with the right resources, it is possible to overcome the emotional toll and rebuild your life. Many victims have focused on recovery strategies to alleviate the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder and other lingering traumas from the abuse. By better understanding different approaches to domestic violence recovery, victims and their families can develop a more comprehensive plan that meets their unique needs to accelerate the healing process.

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How to Spot the Early Signs of Domestic Violence

People enter relationships to add value to their lives in many ways. Some are looking for love, some seek companionship, and others are looking for someone to take care of them. Unfortunately, not all relationships are built on healthy foundations. Some relationships are based on power and control, leading to domestic violence. If you’re in a relationship, it’s important to be able to spot the signs of domestic violence to keep yourself safe. What Is Domestic Violence? Domestic violence is a toxic pattern of uncalled-for, controlling behavior that can include a combination of physical, emotional, psychological, financial, or sexual abuse.

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How to Relocate With a Custody Order

Determinations of child custody can be bitterly fought in family courts throughout the US, and many parents struggle to cope with custody orders they believe to be unfair or one-sided. Unfortunately, it’s also possible for parents to handle their custody obligations effectively for quite a while, only for unexpected issues to arise, compelling the parents back to family court to resolve them. One of the most commonly reported issues is relocation. A parent may wish to relocate to move closer to extended relatives, pursue a new career, or enable their child to attend better schools. When a parent has a

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How Can a Parent Lose Custody?

Child custody disputes are some of the most vehemently contested cases to unfold in the family court system. When married parents divorce or unmarried parents decide to establish legal custody terms for their children, these legal proceedings can be incredibly challenging for any parent to endure. For some parents, losing time with their kids is hard to imagine, and they have trouble recognizing that their co-parents have the same rights they do. Many child custody determinations in the United States end with joint custody resolutions. In some measure, both of the child’s parents have access to the child, and the

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What to Look for in a Divorce Attorney

If you are expecting to divorce, the experience is likely to affect your life in many ways. Whether you know the divorce is on the horizon or if you have suddenly been surprised by a divorce petition from your spouse, it’s natural to have lots of questions in this situation. The right attorney can provide invaluable guidance and ongoing support throughout a difficult divorce case, sometimes revealing opportunities their client wouldn’t have recognized on their own. Therefore, it’s vital for anyone facing an impending divorce to understand the value of reliable legal counsel and how to find the best divorce

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How Long Will My Divorce Take to Resolve?

If you are planning to end your marriage or your spouse has recently filed for divorce, it’s natural to have lots of questions about what you can expect from the process and the most likely outcomes of divorce. One of the most frequent questions for people in these situations is how long the divorce process might take. Divorce is notorious for being a stressful, expensive, and time-consuming process. However, many factors determine how long a divorce may take to complete, and every divorcing couple may have more options for resolving the process than they initially realize. An experienced attorney can

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Best Practices for Preparing for Divorce Proceedings

Divorce is a complex, multifaceted, and emotionally charged experience. Regardless of the unique dynamics within your marriage, the financial issues you face, and other details of your divorce, the experience is likely to profoundly impact various aspects of your life for years to come. Whether you have filed a petition for divorce or have been blindsided by your spouse informing you they no longer wish to be married, it’s easy to feel lost and uncertain in the initial stages of divorce. It’s vital to understand your state’s laws pertaining to divorce and what you can do to streamline your divorce

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