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.
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.
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.
Many divorced parents won't introduce their children to anyone they're dating until the relationship becomes very serious and perhaps even until they begin talking about marriage.
Family law attorneys often caution their clients who are going through a divorce to stay off of Facebook and other social media. Don't look at your soon-to-be ex's posts or prowl around on his or her friends' pages. By all means, don't post anything yourself.
Many people who go to couples therapy -- or any kind of therapy -- want the therapist to give them advice and answers, such as whether they should get a divorce. However, most therapists will tell you that this isn't their role.
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.
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.
Prenuptial agreements are becoming de rigueur for couples planning to marry. Over 60 percent of family law attorneys in a recent survey said they have had more clients seeking prenups in recent years than previously. This includes younger adults commonly known as "millennials."
During the property division process of a divorce, the family home is generally the largest asset that must be dealt with. Some couples decide to sell the home and split the profits. Others decide to let the parent who gets physical custody of the children keep the home and buy out the other parent. However, one thing that is often not considered is whether the home should be refinanced after the divorce.