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Are stay-at-home moms treated fairly in divorce?

After getting married and when first starting a family, roughly 25% of mothers choose to forego their careers in order to stay home and raise their kids. This is undoubtedly a noble cause and one that benefits the family in a variety of ways. The problem comes when divorce enters the picture. Are stay-at-home moms treated fairly in divorce?

According to an article published in early 2019, the answer is no. Women often end up walking away from their marriages with less than they could or should. Why is that?

The holidays are coming -- is your custody plan in good shape?

Whether you are new to the divorce scene or you've been in it for a while, this time of year may have you questioning if your parenting plan is sufficient for the holidays. When it comes to child custody, the holiday season is usually difficult.

Every year, numerous children in Michigan spend their holidays away from at least one parent. This is something with which many of them struggle; some will even ask their parents to change the current plans because of it. These thoughts and feelings are certainly understandable. If your child begs you to change the custody schedule, should you give in?

Teenagers are challenging enough prior to a divorce

Without a doubt, the teenage years are some of the most challenging for the child and the parents. All of the changes that happen during this time often help shape what kind of adult one will become. Most parents, whether here in Michigan or elsewhere, do what they can to provide the appropriate guidance and patience to help their teens through it.

Accomplishing this task presents a challenge for married parents. You may imagine how it will work once you and your future former spouse finalize your divorce. The only way all of you may make it through is if you and the other parent put aside your personal issues with each other and focus on your teen.

Can you relate to these issues regarding grey divorce?

Perhaps you're one of many Michigan residents who have been married for more than 25 years. You may also be among those whose relationships have encountered serious challenges in their later years in life. In fact, the divorce rate among people age 55 and over has more than doubled in the past 20 years.

You and your spouse have likely raised a family and may even be helping to raise grandkids by now. You might be business owners. You also might have accrued a high-net worth of assets throughout multiple decades of marriage. If you're currently considering filing for divorce, such issues may cause you to worry about potential difficulty in achieving a fair settlement.

Why you should protect technology in your child custody agreement

Divorce is a legal process through which a couple can end their marriage, but it is also very much an emotional journey as well. This is especially true for children whose parents are splitting up. Tweens and teens want to know that both of their parents will still be there for them, but amidst the confusion of significant life changes, it can sometimes be difficult to demonstrate this. Still, divorcing parents can protect their parent-child relationships by including technology in child custody agreements.

You might not have your child's smartphone or laptop on your mind when you are hammering out the details of your custody arrangement. In fact, you might even be tired of seeing your teen staring at a screen and want to set tighter restrictions. Although this is a reasonable feeling, you might want to shift your perception of technology when it comes to protecting your relationship with your child.

Who gets the kids on the Fourth of July?

Most schools in Michigan and throughout the country are currently on summer break. Perhaps your children have a busy summer planned with sports camps, scouting expeditions or a beach trip. Then again, you might be one of many parents who look forward to down time in the summer, sitting on the porch or around a campfire, having movie nights at home, and simply enjoying quiet and relaxation. The latter might be next to impossible if you and your ex are battling over holidays such as Independence Day, birthdays or other occasions.

This week, many local venues will be shooting off fireworks. People will be partying and celebrating the good ol' U.S. of A. As long as you took time to incorporate holiday details in your co-parenting plan, everything should be okay. If you didn't or even if you did but a problem arises, it's good to know where to seek support so you can find a swift solution and not have your Fourth of July or other holiday ruined.

Are you ready for single parenthood?

If you're one of many Michigan parents currently preparing for divorce, you likely have a million thoughts running through your mind at any given moment. You might be confident that your children will be able to adapt to a new lifestyle; at the time, you might worry about encountering emotional, financial and logistical challenges along the way.

That's understandable, especially since transitioning to single parenthood after years of shared parenting in marriage can be stressful on many levels. It's a good idea to build strong support network from the start, particularly if you anticipate legal trouble regarding child custody, child support or visitation.

Steps to take to help prepare for the financial side of divorce

If you and your spouse have decided to take separate paths in life, you could be wondering about how the outcome of your situation will affect your financial future. Since you likely consider maintaining financial stability to be essential, you might be in search of guidance on how to prepare for what comes next.

While divorce will inherently affect this area of your life in various ways, there are certain steps you can take that may help alleviate a great deal of your concerns. However, without previous experience in the area, preparing for the financial side of divorce may appear somewhat stressful and intimidating.

Divorce doesn't have to drain your wallet

Throughout your marriage, you and your spouse have likely experienced fluctuation in your financial situation. Perhaps, you've had months or years where you enjoyed financial stability or maybe even a small surplus. Like most Michigan couples, you've probably also overcome various financial challenges, especially if you or your spouse became ill, lost a job or made an investment that didn't pan out as you'd hoped.

You can expect financial ups and downs in most marriages, especially if children are involved. It's only natural that you want to protect your assets and save as much money as you can. Divorce is one of numerous issues that can break the bank if you're not careful. The good news is that there are several practical ways to help you accomplish your goals without going broke.

Thoughts on signing prenuptial or postnuptial agreements

Most adults in Michigan and beyond will sign contracts at some point in their lives. If you're a business owner, newly hired employee, home buyer or spouse who has filed for divorce, you have likely or will be signing a legally enforceable agreement. There are two types of contracts that often get bad raps. These are prenuptial and postnuptial agreements; however, they can help you protect your assets and can also help protect you from certain liabilities.

Like many other engaged or already married couples, you and your significant other might hesitate in discussing this topic for fear of being unromantic. You might change your mind, however, after researching the benefits associated with these valuable planning tools. In fact, some people credit prenuptial or postnuptial agreements for helping them build stronger relationships.

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