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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.

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.

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.

Advice from divorcées: own your financial future

In the majority of marriages in the United States, the husband makes all of the financial planning decisions on behalf of the couple. This statistic holds true across generations—from baby boomers to millennials. The overwhelming majority of married women—80 percent—report they are happy with this arrangement.

How the new tax plan will impact divorce

Ever since the end of World War II, alimony has been tax deductible. Under the current federal deduction, alimony payers may pay as low as 60 cents on the dollar. Law makers have held a long-standing belief that this deduction was fair—that the government shouldn’t tax someone for money that was never available for them to spend in the first place.

Cyber-spying becoming increasingly common in divorce

When one member of a couple decides they want a divorce, you might anticipate hurt feelings on the other side. You could predict anger, resentment and a drawn-out legal battle. What you might not expect, however, is for your ex to digitally stalk you, to trace your every move—and that this behavior could even be considered legal.

What happens when divorced parents disagree over vaccination?

Under Michigan law, children must be vaccinated in order to enroll in school and other group activities. However, parents have the option not to vaccinate their child if they have religious, medical or personal objections to such immunizations. But what happens when parents disagree over whether to vaccinate?

Can I get the terms of my divorce settlement changed?

Your divorce settlement became final last month, but things are not as you’d hoped. It seems like almost all of your paycheck now goes straight to your ex-spouse, and you’re struggling to make ends meet. To add salt to the wound, you only get to see your kids every other weekend. Do you have any recourse?

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