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🎁Celebrating Every Type of Family Everywhere🎁

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This year, you may find yourself redefining Holiday traditions or celebrating together with new or blended family roles.  

Family is whatever we create and define for ourselves – it’s loving and being loved – and being there for each other when it matters most.  Whatever your family situation, we wish you moments worth remembering.

This month we invite you and your family to enjoy our most read articles of 2019 and some classics (more...)

Holiday Shopping Tips For A Divorced Parent

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Divorce is a stressful and life-changing event that can be tough on families all year round. But as the holiday season approaches, this can bring even more tension among children and parents. Kids might be splitting time between parents, stress-levels can be higher than usual, and parents may be struggling financially.

This becomes even more apparent when it comes time for holiday shopping. The financial toll of divorce—whether it’s paying for lawyers, declaring bankruptcy, or (more...)

How to Reach an Agreement in a Successful Mediation

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If you are in the midst of a divorce right now you may be considering mediation. Mediation is a common form of dispute resolution available as an alternative to the traditional court procedure. Think of mediation as an amicable negotiation with your spouse through the support of a third party referee. Mediation is quicker, cheaper, and more private than the regular divorce track, however it may not be for every couple. We have previously discussed the pros and cons (more...)

What’s Scary About Selling Your Wedding Rings?

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The leaves are changing, the air is crisp, and #spookyseason is trending on social media. It’s the time of year to face your fears. Have you ever noticed a pang in your stomach when you’re getting rid of anything related to your wedding memories?

Let’s clear out the cobwebs and figure out why you’re feeling stuck. What’s so frightening about selling your wedding rings?

Selling Wedding Rings Means Letting (more...)

Understanding Visitation Rights and Schedules in North Carolina

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What are your visitation rights? As a result of your separation or divorce, you will have to determine where your children will live and the logistics of visitation. Child custody and visitation schedules can be decided by the parents or, if an agreement cannot be reached by the parents alone, the courts. The courts main focus when deciding on visitation and custody is the best interest and welfare of the minor children, with an emphasis on the children’(more...)

It’s Time To Celebrate The Comforts Of Fall

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In some areas of the country, the temperatures have yet to drop below 90 degrees but even in the warmest of places, summer is winding down. When the first cool breeze arrives, we all know that it’s time to celebrate the comforts of fall.
Your favorite coffee shops are bringing back everything pumpkin-spiced. There are Halloween decorations in stores and the leaves are changing color ever so subtly.  Let’s consider our favorite things about (more...)

Living Separately While Married: Where do I Live?

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WHERE TO LIVE WHILE YOU AND YOUR SPOUSE ARE SEPARATED?  
If you are considering a divorce in North Carolina then you probably already know that you must be separated for one year before you can file for Absolute Divorce. This means you may need to go house hunting for a short-term rental which only adds more stress. Fortunately, there are some very important steps you can take during the separation period that can make this transition a bit (more...)

Want A Happy Life After Divorce? You Have To Let Go Of The Past

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If you want a happy life after divorce then you have to let go of the past.
That’s true regardless of the circumstances that led to the end of your marriage and it’s true for all of us. We all learn things about ourselves in this process. We learn about our values, our beliefs, our choices. And, if we do the self-work, we understand where they came from and if they are serving us or (more...)

Why It’s Wrong To Think You’re Not A Family After Divorce

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A common reason for not wanting to end a marriage is not to break up the family but that’s flawed logic. It’s wrong to think you’re not a family after divorce.
Ask people who are post-divorce and they’ll tell you that they are still a family, they’re just a little different now.
This tells us two things: being in a family is important to many people and the concept (more...)

Dating A Married Man? Listen To This Story!

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What’s the definition of dating a married man? In my opinion, there are several.
1. There is the technically married man who is going through a divorce—it just isn’t final. Ask anyone who ever got divorced, it takes a long time.
2. Then there’s the married man who is separated, but still deciding if he is in or out of the marriage.
3. There’s also the married man who (more...)