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Caring for children of divorce during the holidays

With so much emphasis on whether parties should divorce during the holidays, or how people contemplating divorce should prepare for when they decide to file, we find it appropriate to focus this post on children. For kids, the holidays are supposed to be a special time, and oftentimes parents lose sight of what is really important during this time of year. When their parents are breaking up, a child may feel tremendous feelings of guilt or they simply may not be able to enjoy the season.

Things to consider when divorcing during the holidays

For people in troubled marriages, the holiday season can be one of hope, and one of despair at the same time. On the one hand, a spouse may believe that the holiday spirit can buoy the marriage and encourage the couple to revert back to happier times. On the other hand, it may be another exercise of futility featuring visits to in-laws that a spouse can hardly stand.

Can separate property be converted?

A question we sometimes receive regarding the difference between marital property and separate property is whether separate property (such as an inheritance) can actually be considered marital property, which would be subject to division in a divorce.

Handling parenting issues after the decree is issued

Parenting is just as important when couples are married as they are when they are divorced. In some situations, parenting the children of divorce takes on an added significance, since these kids need additional guidance to deal with the emotional aspects of a split. For instance, kids of parents who are divorcing may feel depressed, and believe that they have no one to speak to about how they are feeling. This can lead to destructive behavior and further distance from loved ones.

The benefits of mediation

For some people, the specter of divorce is enough to keep them up all night. After all, no one waits for the discovery disputes, court hearings and financial discord with bated breath. And this is before all of the emotional toil that comes with a crumbling relationship. For these reasons, some people may see divorce as a death sentence.

Secret spending could lead to divorce: study says

Secret shopaholics enjoy a love/hate relationship with their credit cards. While the thrill of making that spur of the moment purchase may deftly be hidden from an unsuspecting spouse, it can lead to problems in the marriage if financial troubles occur. The old adage, “money is the root of all evil” is more than just a saying in these circumstances. It has long been said that financial discord can lead to divorce. Now there is a survey that supports this notion.

Checkered flag finally waived in NASCAR CEO's divorce

NASCAR chairman and CEO Brian France has had more than his share of divorce drama. After marrying and divorcing his ex-wife, Megan, twice between 2001 and 2008, the case was reopened when Megan claimed that Brian was not following what was agreed to in their 2008 separation agreement.

Improved housing market leads to more divorce filings

The housing market has rebounded in most parts of the United States, which is great news for people who have been putting off divorce for the past few years. Yes, you read that right. One side effect of the recession and housing market crash was that fewer people pursued divorce, family law experts say.

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