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Child-Centered Divorce

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Anger-Conflict Programs for Co-Parenting & Other Life Challenges By Rosalind Sedacca, CDC Divorce drives some people crazy. Because of that, they make many poor decisions. Their judgment, integrity and credibility are easy to question. Their decisions regarding taking responsibility for their children come under scrutiny. There is much we can all learn from these mistakes. And wisdom we can take away that is important for all of us to remember: It’s never too late to get it (more...)

Cohabitating Instead of Getting Married? Get an Agreement First! Part 1

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Why You Should Have a “Cohabitation Agreement” {2:42 minutes to read} If a married couple in New York ends their relationship, the Equitable Distribution Law determines how they will divide any of the assets and liabilities acquired during the marriage. There are also laws that help determine how they will each support themselves and how [...]

Getting Married? How a Prenuptial Agreement Can Benefit Both of You!

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{3:00 minutes to read} The Equitable Distribution Law has a specific provision that allows couples to enter into an agreement, both before (Prenuptial) and after (Postnuptial) a marriage. In addition to making a provision for the distribution of assets and liabilities in the event of a divorce, these agreements allow a couple to make testamentary [...]

Can Feeling Rejected After Divorce Be A Good Thing?

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Ah, rejection. That universal, terrible feeling that we try to shield ourselves from, try our best to avoid, but from which nobody is immune. Have you wonder can feeling rejected after divorce be a good thing?
It doesn’t matter your status, your income, or where you are in life.  Even the most confident and most fearless of us can’t help but feel like we did something wrong when the person we loved and spent (more...)

How To Negotiate Your Parenting Time Without Hurting Your Child

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One of the most frequent challenges with divorce is how to negotiate your parenting time without hurting your child.
Part of the problem is that the concept of shared parenting is relatively new. Many people who are getting divorced now, grew up with divorced parents and know what living in two homes is like from their own experience but, the parenting time they experienced is not the shared parenting that is more common today.
Another challenge is the language (more...)

How To Share Your Child’s Expenses With Your Ex

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One common area for post-divorce conflict is child-related expenses. To minimize this, it is important to discuss before the divorce is final how will you and your ex share your child’s expenses.
Even with a clear agreement in the divorce papers, this unfortunately can be a minefield on many levels. It leads to disputes about what expenses should be incurred, what should be shared, what’s the fairest way of sharing them, getting reimbursed and on (more...)

Where Do I Get a QDRO Form? Guide to Dividing Retirement Upon Divorce

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You are getting a divorce and you have been spending a good amount of time trying to figure out how you and your spouse will divide your assets. Let’s hope that at this point in the process, the tall task of dividing your assets hasn’t been as difficult as you might have thought it would have been. 

Bad Progress Report? 3 Ways Parents Can Respond

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School progress reports have arrived and it doesn’t look good. Your son is missing multiple assignments and his grades are dropping fast.
You know he can do better, but every time you try to talk about it, you get angry or frustrated.
How can you effectively respond to trouble at school?
Now that we’re through the back-to-school season, academic concerns and school struggles are starting to surface. We’re hearing from a lot of (more...)

Alimony in YOUR Life?

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When many people think of word “support” in divorce, they immediately think of money.
Yet, Merriam-Webster defines “support,” in part:
To promote the interests or cause of / to uphold or defend as valid or right / to assist or help
To pay the costs of
To keep from fainting, yielding or losing courage
To keep something going
Support in Divorce
The divorce process includes provisions for both parents to support their children financially.  Yet, when (more...)

Bride Donates Food To Hurricane Victims

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A wedding is usually all about the bride, but bride-to-be Jessica Jean Williamson of West Palm Beach, Florida decided that her day would be all about the victims of Hurricane Irma.
When the hurricane hit the Florida keys, it destroyed the venue in which Jessica and her fiancé Alex’s would hold their wedding. After cancelling their wedding, she donated the food from the reception’s taco bar to victims of the natural disaster in the (more...)