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Divorce: A New Year, A Fresh Start

Many people put off divorce until after the holidays. Now that the New Year is here, it's time to take the first step. Here are 4 things you can do to prepare for your divorce, and start the New Year out right:

#1: Get your financial information in order

  • If you and your spouse have joint bank accounts, now is the time to start developing a separate financial life. Open a new checking and savings account and start in your name only. Start having your paychecks directed to these new, separate, accounts.
  • If you open new credit cards, make sure they are in your name only.

Avoiding Custody And Visitation Disputes During The Holidays

The holiday season is an exciting - but busy - time of year. Holiday parties, shopping for gifts and school break can make anyone feel overwhelmed. For separated or divorced parents, navigating holiday custody schedules adds an extra layer of stress.

Parents often disagree over where children will spend each holiday and the types of gifts their children receive. Add in the extra stress of the season and knowledge that you may not be able to spend every holiday with your child and it's easy for disputes to erupt.

Getting Through Parent-Teacher Conferences With Your Ex

When a marriage ends, exes rarely want to continue seeing each other. However, when children are involved cutting ties is not an option.

You may even have a detailed custody arrangement that carefully lays out who gets this week, who gets what holiday and who will attend which school events so you only have to see your ex briefly at pick-up and drop-off. However, there will still be times when you and your ex need to come together.

How Will Divorce Impact My Relationship With My Children?

What will happen to my kids? During a divorce, this is the question on most parents' minds. There is a lot of misinformation about custody and parental rights. Here is what you need to know.

There are two types of custody: physical and legal.

Physical custody refers to where your child lives. Legal custody concerns each parent's right to make decisions about their children's health, education, religion and general welfare.

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