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Is your co-parent sabotaging your parenting time?

Let’s face it—most marriages don’t end on good terms. You and your ex may have deep-rooted resentment towards one another and no desire to be involved in each other’s lives. However, if you have children together, severing all ties is unfortunately not an option.

A comprehensive custody agreement and parenting plan can establish good guidelines to help you and your ex co-exist as parents. But what happens when your co-parent tries to get in the way of your relationship with your children?

When divorce is inevitable, it can pay to file first.

You and your husband seem to be arguing endlessly. You can’t remember the last time you enjoyed a pleasant evening together. The most fun you have is when the two of you are apart. You can see the writing on the wall, and you know it’s just a matter of time before your marriage bites the dust.

Rather than passively waiting for the inevitable, take charge of the situation. File for divorce first. Being the first to file can provide you with many benefits in both the process and outcome of your divorce. In today’s post, we discuss why being the driver of the divorce petition can be so advantageous:

Why divorce is such a hard decision

Unless you are in an imbalanced, abusive or especially dramatic relationship, the decision to divorce is usually very difficult. It’s a big change: usually requiring a new home, perhaps a name change and an uprooting of your children. Even when an individual knows they are in a bad relationship, it can hard to move on.

Dealing with child custody: what are the options?

If you’re going through a divorce, there are a lot of things to consider. Maybe you’re concerned about how you’ll split up your property. Perhaps you have questions about alimony. And if you and your spouse have kids together, uncertainties surrounding child custody can be a real source of anxiety. What are your options?

In today’s post, we break down the basics of child custody in Michigan:

How will your dog handle your divorce?

Your marriage is coming to an unexpected end. It feels like your world is crashing down around you. You may be consumed with anger or grief. Or maybe you’re in a hurry to rid the house of any trace of your ex as quickly as possible.

While it’s easy to focus on how devastating this experience is for you, it’s important to bear in mind that it will also take a serious emotional toll on your pooch. In today’s post, we examine how your dog will react to your divorce.

How living in Portage could actually benefit your marriage

It may sound absurd to assert that the place your live can have an impact on the stability of something as personal as your marriage. However, there’s one key area that plays an unexpectedly large role in one’s marriage—and in this area, Portage is especially impressive. We’re talking about commute time.

The commute time for a typical Portage resident is below the national average—only 18.5 minutes. According to a recent study, increased commute time has a negative impact on a marriage’s success rate. Here’s what the research says:

Picking the right divorce lawyer: 3 things to look for

If you’re going through a divorce, your head is probably a mess. It may feel like your whole world is collapsing around you. Now you have to find a divorce lawyer—a seemingly insurmountable task. How do you even know where to begin?

In this article, we break it down for you. Below are three core elements to understand before signing up with any divorce attorney:

Telling your kids about a divorce: how to avoid trauma

The moment a child learns about their parents’ divorce marks a turning point in their lives. From that day forward, every event in their childhood is associated with life before or after divorce. The news can make a child feel like their world is crumbling around them—but it doesn’t have to.

In our last post, we discussed how to effectively break the news to your kids that you’re getting a divorce. In this article, we go in depth and examine how to avoid making this event traumatic for your children.

The big talk: how to break the news of divorce to your kids

Divorce can be nerve-wracking for anyone. You could be experiencing a range of extreme emotions, from rage to devastation. When you’re going through such an intense experience, it can be easy to lose sight of how others—namely your kids—will be affected. Nonetheless, how you tell your children about your divorce will have long-lasting impacts on them for the rest of their lives.

It’s important to be cognizant of your children’s feelings and help them to adjust in the best way possible. In this article, we present tips on how to tell your kids about your divorce:

Ready to divorce? Get your finances in order.

Divorce can be an overwhelming experience. Fighting with your ex over who gets the house or car can be ugly. However, beyond property division, many other factors contribute to a couple’s financial landscape. Often, only one member of a couple controls the finances—which leaves the other member in a disadvantageous position in the event of divorce.

If you’ve made the decision to end your marriage, here are a few things you can do to make sure you’re on solid financial footing once the divorce proceedings begin:

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