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What happens to the house during divorce?

When you and your spouse have lived together for a long time, going through a divorce can be especially challenging. Among the many issues that come with separation, you may be particularly concerned with who will get to keep your house.

If you and your spouse are worried about the post-marital fate of your home, there may be a range of approaches for you to take. The two most common options include:

Can you settle divorce issues with early neutral evaluation?

Things can get contentious during a divorce. You and your former spouse are trying to agree about how to divide property, money and often, time with children. These issues are deeply personal, and in a situation where tensions are running high, matters can escalate quickly.

If you and your soon-to-be ex are about to head to court, you may want to consider a type of alternative dispute resolution known as early neutral evaluation. It could save you time, money and heartache.

How to deal with a spouse hiding assets during a divorce

A recent criminal case involving a University of Minnesota professor shows how far some people will go to deceive their exes during a divorce. According to The Star Tribune, a jury found the professor guilty of one count of attempted theft by swindle and two counts of aggravated forgery.

The criminal case alleged that he forged financial documents from one of his retirement accounts and left out critical information on another retirement account statement. In doing so, the professor grossly misrepresented his assets to hide money. This deception could have resulted in a loss of $353,649 for his former wife during the divorce.

How to talk to adult children about gray divorce

Many couples have begun to divorce well into their 50s and 60s. There are many differences with these kinds of divorces compared to other ones, including the fact that the couple will most likely have adult children who no longer live at home but are nonetheless unhappy to hear their parents want to separate.

Couples with adult children need to remember that they are always parents. That means they need to put the emotional well-being of their children over their own self-interests. Divorcing at a later age may be necessary, but you still want to ensure your children are all right during this time. Here are some tips on how to talk with them about this process:

There's an app for that: technology making it easier to co-parent

After a divorce, one of the hardest changes can be the transition to co-parenting. Depending on how your relationship ended, co-parenting with your ex might sound exhausting.

Both sides may walk on eggshells for years, even in a perfectly amicable divorce. It may be awkward to talk to your ex-- but when you co-parent, communication is a necessary part of life. With another school year in full swing, sharing schedules, supplies, and sports can feel like taking on another full-time job.

Sending your kids back-to-school after divorce

Back-to-school season is upon us. You can’t walk into a store without seeing a multitude of backpacks, post-it notes and lunch boxes. As summer stands on its last legs, sending your child back to school after you have just gone through a divorce can be daunting.

This situation is uncharted territory and can be tough on both you and your children. Believe it or not, back-to-school may be more frightening for your child than you. Several questions could be going through their head, such as “what do I tell my friends and teachers?” and “who will help me with my homework?”

Is A “Nesting” Arrangement Right For Your Divorce?

If you are a divorced parent or a parent planning to divorce, you already know your children’s well-being is at the top of the list of your concerns. That concern normally takes shape when it comes to deciding parenting time, which child goes with what parent and when.

In the past, parenting time was considered strictly in terms of which parent’s house the children would go to for a given period of time. In other words, each parent has a house and the children come to the parents.

Planning For Divorce Means Starting Now

Divorce is not something that can happen at the drop of a hat. The courts are busy and no exceptions are made for people who want a divorce immediately.

In fact, you could even say there is such a thing as Divorce Season. The fall, for instance, is a very busy time for divorce courts. Summer vacation is over. The kids are going back to school. The holidays have not started yet. Those circumstances create a window commonly used by many, many couples to take the first steps toward reorganizing their family lives.

Tips for avoiding badmouthing as co-parents in divorce

It is no secret that emotions often increase the stress of divorce. Even in a fairly amicable separation, divorcing adults may have some animosity toward their soon-to-be ex-spouses. When a minor child is involved in a divorce, it may seem tempting for one parent to badmouth the other parent. In other situations, a parent may learn that their spouse or some other family member, is making negative comments about how the person is parenting. When a custody dispute is hotly contested, talking down about the other parent is often more pronounced.

Researchers and mental health professionals say that badmouthing a parent in front of the children can have a negative impact on a young child’s life, that can linger into adulthood. Children are not divorcing their parents, and continue to need to feel safe and secure with each parent. Moreover, children know that they are part of both mom and dad, and speaking against the other parent is personal to the child. Moreover, putting the child in the middle of an adult dispute may suggest to the child that he or she must choose a side.

Divorce after 50: Financial considerations for women

Recent divorce demographics point to a concerning trend for women over 50 years old. According to a Pew Research Study, the divorce rate for those crossing the half-century mark has doubled since 1990. Now being called “gray divorce,” a growing number of divorced women are being blindsided about the financial decisions many had left to their husbands.

Many married women are not making financial decisions

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