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Thinking of divorce? Avoid these mistakes

Divorce can be a very difficult process that involves complicated decisions. This makes it necessary to spend time preparing. If you rush through the process, you risk making mistakes that can cost you a fair share of your marital assets. For example, if you are too focused on getting through the divorce, you may not take into consideration the tax consequences of keeping your house in the Twin Cities or selling it and dividing the proceeds.

It is easy to overlook the details when the only thing you are focused on is signing the divorce papers. Read below for some mistakes you should avoid during your divorce.

How to approach the topic of divorce with your kids

You and your spouse have had the "talk" with each other and now it's time to tell your kids: You're getting a divorce. But how do you go about doing that while honoring the needs and sensitivities of a young child?

There is no one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to talking to kids about divorce. Parents need to consider the age and maturity of their children, as well as the unique needs that their children may have. That said, the following pieces of advice may prove helpful when approaching this topic with your children.

Have you been keeping a parenting journal?

Every day you do so many things for your child. If you're a co-parent with 50-50 custody, if you have full custody, or if you have regular visits with your child, you may want to consider keeping a parenting journal.

Your parenting journal will provide excellent evidence of your child care contribution if that contribution ever gets challenged in court.

Develop a parenting plan for a 6- to 12-year-old child

The ages of 6 to 12 are some of the most beautiful in a child's life. As a parent, you can watch your child discover his or her likes, dislikes and interests. You might even delight in watching your child develop a passion for a new hobby that he or she carries along into adulthood.

Just because your child is in a wonderful time of his or her development, however, does not mean that everything will be going perfectly between you and your spouse. You may find that divorce is necessary during this time in your child's life, and that means you'll need to develop a parenting plan so that both you and your ex can raise your child -- separately and also as a team.

2 relationship tips from divorce lawyers

Most people do not think of turning to their lawyer for relationship advice, but you would be surprised what lawyers learn about human relationships, just by doing their jobs. Divorce lawyers especially have seen the good, the bad and the ugly when it comes to human relationships. Believe it or not, your divorce attorney probably knows a great deal about what can turn a marriage relationship sour.

In this article, we will look at two pieces of marriage advice that every divorce lawyer is familiar with.

Contentious divorce results in loss of job: Avoid the same fate

Think the battles that come from a contentious divorce will always stay in the courtroom? Think again. Unfortunately, some of the details of the divorce can leak out to the public. This can have a negative impact on each party's reputation and have an effect on various parts of the lives of each individual even after the divorce is finalized.

What kids don't want during a divorce

You have two young kids, both of whom are still in grade school. You and your spouse have decided to call off your marriage. It was a tough choice, but you see no way around it.

Naturally, you may be focused on your spouse, your assets, the paperwork and other things of this nature. These are all important, but don't forget to consider your kids. With every decision that you make, every step of the way, remember these things that your kids don't want you to do -- whether they have the guts to tell you or not.

5 things to do when you want a divorce

You may only be in your early 30s, but you want a divorce. The marriage just isn't working out. Maybe you suspect your spouse isn't being faithful, maybe you're always fighting, or maybe there's a fundamental difference that is going to drive you apart -- your spouse doesn't want kids, for instance, but you do.

Ultimately, you feel like the reason for the divorce is unimportant. What is important is understanding your legal rights and how to proceed. You've never done this before and you don't want to make any mistakes. Below are five things you should do:

What Happens to my Spouse's Debts During the Divorce Process?

It is no secret that the financial issues surrounding a divorce can be incredibly complex. While people are married, most couples join their bank accounts. This means that all of their debts, purchases, and recurring bills generally become one.

During divorce proceedings, the division of assets is central. Dividing houses, cars, and deciding custody are all important issues; however, dividing the debt between the couple is a central component as well. What happens to these debts when a divorce is finalized?

Succeeding in a Child Custody Move-Away Petition

When a couple goes through a divorce, it can be exceptionally difficult when there are children involved. While dividing up a house, cars, and financial assets is already challenging enough, the kids cannot be split up. Ultimately, an increasing majority of couples opt for joint custody. However, there are still many reasons why one parent may end up with primary custody while the other parent receives visitation rights.

This dispute may become renewed if a parent with either joint custody or primary custody needs to move away. While there are legitimate reasons for the move, it can be challenging to succeed in a move-away petition if it seriously impacts the other parent's ability to see their children. There are a few tips that everyone should keep in mind if they are considering filing a move-away petition with child custody implications. 

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