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Planning financially for divorce

Divorce is usually a very emotional process that takes its toll on how you feel from day to day. While making sure that you are processing your feelings and healing emotionally is important, you must also think about practical factors such as how your financial situation might change after a divorce.

It has been estimated that on average, a 30 percent increase in income is required for a household to be able to maintain the same standard of living after a divorce. Therefore, as a person who is considering divorcing, it is in your interests to plan ahead financially before filing for divorce.

How women can take control of their finances post-divorce

Divorcing your husband can afford you the opportunity to start fresh and become more independent. However, becoming financially self-reliant is easier said than done.

Your spouse may have been managing the finances throughout your marriage, and now you feel lost in the accounting. Yet even if you were in complete control of your marital finances, you will still need to take steps post-marriage to ensure you cover all of the necessary bases.

Why should a father establish paternity?

As a father, you will likely want to be a part of your child's life. But if you are not legally recognized as the father of your child, this can be extremely difficult. It can mean that you will be subject to whatever is convenient to the mother, and she may not want to give you any access to your child at all.

Therefore, if you want to have shared custody of your child, the first step is establishing legal paternity, if you haven't already. You will automatically have paternity if you were married to the mother at the time of the child's birth, or if your name is on the birth certificate. The mother can voluntarily acknowledge your paternity, but if she will not, you will have to request a DNA test in order for your paternity to be proven.

Three tips for effective co-parenting following divorce

Divorce can be difficult. When you and your ex share children together, there's usually no chance of cutting all ties and going your separate ways. If your ex is still in your childrens' lives, you need to find a way of carrying on some kind of cooperative relationship together.

Today we provide three tips for developing an effective co-parenting relationship with your ex:

What are the benefits of sole custody??

When negotiating custody, the process can differ greatly depending on what each parent wants to provide, and what he or she can provide. It is becoming increasingly common for parents to opt for shared custody, with more parents opting for a 50-50 split.

However, there are times when, for one reason or another, parents want to file for sole physical custody. This might be because the other parent is not committed to providing a stable home, or it might be because they believe that the other parent could be a threat or cause harm to your child. Whatever the reason, it is important to consider the pros and cons to sole custody before making a decision.

If your divorce is going to court, avoid these common mistakes

Your divorce is headed to court, and you want to do everything possible to make sure that the trial goes smoothly and you get the outcome that you want. After all, even a small mistake could have long-lasting ramifications for you and your ex-spouse.

One way to help ensure a beneficial outcome is to be aware of a few common mistakes that people make in divorce court. You will have a much better chance in court once you know the behavior that you should avoid. To help you, we have prepared a list of mistakes that people often make during their divorce trial.

Making an alimony modification

In the months or years after a divorce is finalized, situations change. People get new jobs, retire or remarry, and therefore, the financial situations of each former spouse are likely to be very different to how they were when the initial alimony order was made.

It is not uncommon for one former spouse to wish to change the terms of the alimony order. There are some situations when this can be done successfully, the following being some of the most common.

When can child support be modified?

When you are paying or receiving child support, the payments made are based on the current situations of both parents. The income of each parent is taken into account and the calculations should reflect the current financial realities of both.

When there is a significant change in the financial circumstances of either parent, it may be necessary to modify the child support agreement. It is important that the correct steps are followed when this is done so that the process can be smooth and efficient.

Gaining custody after substance abuse

When it comes to child custody and visitation rights, the best interests of the child in question is always of the highest importance. Therefore, it is never considered appropriate for a child to be in the care of a parent who is a substance abuser.

If a parent with temporary custody has been found to be abusing an illegal substance, the court will intervene by changing the custody order as soon as possible. This is because it is simply not possible for a parent to care for his or her child when under the influence of drugs.

Winning custody as a Michigan dad

As a father, you may often feel like the underdog in a custody case. However, you should remember that the judge in a custody case can never hold bias toward the mother or father because of their respective genders. The judge is there purely to decide what arrangement is in the best interests of the child.

In order to decide what is in the child's best interests, they will examine all the facets of the case. This will include the past relationship you had with the child in question. Here are some tips for fathers to ensure that they make the best possible impression on the judge.

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