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Why is the relationship with your divorce lawyer so important?

Before you hire a family lawyer to represent you in your divorce, you need to understand that you and your lawyer will become partners, for better or for worse, during and perhaps for years after the divorce process. How well your partnership works can have an enormous effect on your divorce and how much you'll have to spend in legal fees. So make every effort to hire the right lawyer. Examine your goals before going to one. Do you want to be generous or nail your ex to the wall? Look to your future and determine what you want for yourself, your kids, and your ex.

Military divorce: Ready to give your marriage a final salute?

Like many individuals, you likely consider military service a great duty and honor. While true that military service members should garner respect and gratitude for their actions and devotion to our country, these individuals and their spouses often face considerable stress within their marriages for a variety of reasons. Though the stress and other issues may lead to the end of your marriage, going through divorce as a military family does not have to prove overwhelming.

How to Talk to Your Children about Divorce

Children at varied developmental levels naturally have a different understanding of divorce, the reasons for it, and what the future will bring. Parents will therefore need to tailor discussions according to their children's maturity. Parents of young children should maintain routines, provide consistency in rules and expectations, and provide extra affection.

Parenting plan -- much more than equal days for each parent

If you are considering divorce or are in the process of a divorce, you will know that you and the other party will soon be ex-spouses, but you will never be ex-parents. Like most parents, it is likely also important for you and your ex to maintain loving parent-child relationships with your kids after your divorce. Drafting parenting plans is not a simple task of dividing the days and the holidays equally. Parents must consider the age of each child, his or her psychological needs and temperament.

Division of property isn't so simple

Assets get more and more complicated the deeper you look. In splitting marital property the suggestion is a 50-50 share, but making an equitable division doesn't often work in the real world. Sure, you can split a pile of cash two ways, but a house or a retirement fund are different types of investments with different regulations. It's not just the value of a house on the market or the total of your Roth IRA, there are transaction fees and taxes that significantly alter the numbers on your statement.

What to include in a military parenting plan

Agreeing to a parenting plan in a divorce settlement is a challenging task that takes time, negotiation and foresight. Even with all the what ifs and maybes that you address, new scenarios are bound to happen and the law is written to adapt and modify your agreement. For those in the military this flexibility is essential but you still want to build in some protection.

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