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Divorcing spouses: What to know about upcoming tax changes

Going through a divorce is complicated. There are numerous details to sort out and many decisions to make. In some cases, parties can feel conflicted, overwhelmed or unmotivated, which can make it very difficult to reach agreements quickly.

Even in amicable divorces, informal orders may not be wise

Couples who divorce amicably and through mediation often find it easier to navigate the legal process. They can get through difficult negotiations a little faster and be more satisfied with the results. They can also shield their children from a painful, lengthy litigation process. 

Don't believe these 3 myths of mediation

When people get divorced, they often turn to divorced friends, family members and sometimes even co-workers seeking guidance and advice. However, as helpful as it might seem to talk to someone who has been through this difficult process, it could lead to some inaccurate information and misguided assumptions.

Calm during divorce is achievable

Going through a divorce is an incredibly difficult step, even if you only look at it from the perspective of accomplishing a legal procedure. Now add in the emotional and financial strings that are pulled throughout the process, and it is easy to understand why people say a divorce will be one of the most painful things you will go through in life. This doesn't mean that the step isn't worth taking. Far from it, actually. A divorce can be liberating and solve many of the problems you have in your life. But to achieve it, there are some tough times you have to make it through.

Two reasons to consider collaborative divorce

Collaborative divorce is a relatively new option for couples that are considering divorce. The process is different than the more traditional form of litigation in a number of ways. In some cases, the collaborative process can prove beneficial for both parties.

Mediating child custody can be a positive step

Imagine that a divorcing couple has a child, and as they enter discussions about their divorce, it is only a matter of time before child custody is a matter that is discussed. One way that child custody is often handled is through the courts. If the two parents can't agree on legal and/or physical custody, then a judge will need to make the ruling with a child's best interests in mind.

How alimony plays a pivotal role after divorce

The term "recordkeeping" feels like it is from a bygone era. Nowadays we have myriad computer programs and applications that can track critical information in an instant. Why bother monitoring information or keeping a paper trail in this era of technological growth?

Ending an unfulfilling marriage

Divorce is often portrayed as a terrible thing that every couple should try to avoid. However, it is unrealistic to think that every marriage will work out. Some people get married to soon. Others live long happy lives together, but learn over time that they aren't right for each other. And some couples just grow apart or change significantly, to the point that staying together is no longer an option. Should these couples just ignore their feelings because of the perceived notion that divorce is "bad?"