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Kids of divorce should feel 'at home' with both parents

Kids whose divorcing parents agree to a shared custody arrangement are fortunate because they get to spend time with both of them. However, that usually means moving back and forth between two homes. There are some things that both parents can do to help their kids feel comfortable in both homes -- even if they only spend occasional nights and alternating weekends in one of them.

Successful long-distance parenting after divorce is a team effort

If you're the custodial parent of your children and your ex lives some distance away, he or she has to work to maintain a bond with the kids. These days, parents can stay in daily contact with their kids from across the country or the other side of the world via video chatting, email, texting and social media. However, it's essential for the long-distance parent to be consistent in that communication.

What should you do when your ex badmouths you to the kids?

As a divorced parent, you know that speaking negatively about your ex in front of your kids is wrong. Sometimes you may literally have to bite your tongue when your children tell you that Mom or Dad let them stay up late, watch an R-rated movie or have pizza and soda every night during their latest visit.

Don't let divorce derail your retirement dreams

Divorce can have a serious impact on anyone's finances, simply because the cost of living alone is higher than that of living as part of a couple. However, couples who divorce when they're in their 50s and older have the added concern of ensuring that they have enough saved for retirement now that they have had to split their retirement nest egg.

A reverse mortgage may be a solution for some divorcing spouses

When couples divorce in their senior years, particularly after decades of marriage, one spouse often wants to remain in the family home. However, if there's still a mortgage on it, this can be an unaffordable and impractical solution for both people.

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