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Child custody and relocation: Points of consideration

Your divorce is in the past and you're focused primarily on providing your children with a stable living environment. While everything is going as well as expected, you come to realize that a relocation may be in your best interest.

Maybe you're moving to another part of your city because you want to save money on housing and living expenses. Or maybe you're picking up and moving to another state because of a job opportunity.

Joint bank accounts and divorce: What should you do?

During your marriage, there's a good chance you opened at least one (and probably more) joint bank account with your spouse. While there's nothing wrong with this, it can cause some confusion if you decide to divorce.

Here are a few key steps to take if you have joint bank accounts and are moving through the divorce process:

  • Open your own account: Before you do anything with your joint bank accounts, open an individual account where you can house your income and pay your separate expenses.
  • Keep an eye on your bank account: While you may understand the importance of not using joint bank account funds during divorce, your soon-to-be-ex could see this as an opportunity to make frivolous purchases.
  • Talk it out: If you want to get this off your plate before your divorce begins, talk to your spouse about options for managing joint bank accounts. For example, you may decide to split the money in half and permanently close the accounts.

3 tips for keeping your emotions in check during your divorce

Getting a divorce may never have been an experience you anticipated having. You may have felt that your marriage had its ups and downs, but you believed you could work through your issues. Because you held this mindset, you may have felt blindsided when your spouse told you that he or she wanted a divorce.

Understandably, your emotions may run wild. You may feel hurt if your spouse simply does not value the relationship any longer, or you may feel angry if your spouse has already found someone else. More likely, you may feel hurt and anger, and any number of other emotions as your life turns upside down.

Follow these tips when exchanging custody of your children

Your divorce is in the past, and you have a parenting plan and visitation schedule to follow. While everything is laid out in front of you, it's still possible that you'll run into some challenges.

For example, exchanging custody of your children is easier said than done. This is particularly true if you don't get along with your ex.

Are you concerned about a hidden bank account in divorce?

Once you decide to move on from your marriage, you'll turn your attention to the divorce process. This entails many key details, with property and debt division typically moving toward the top of the list.

At some point, you may develop concerns about your soon-to-be ex-spouse hiding assets from you and the court. This can be accomplished in many ways, with a hidden bank account among the most common.

Financial assets and your property division checklist

Divorce will change your financial life in many ways, so it's critical to prepare in advance. Neglecting to do so increases the risk of making a mistake that costs you money both now and in the future.

While your property division checklist should include a list of all your assets, it's the financial assets category that often receives the most attention. This is a result of it typically holding the most value.

Can you get a child support modification?

Despite your best efforts, you're unable to stay current with your child support payments. Rather than dig yourself a deeper hole, it's best to learn how to request a modification from the court that issued the original order.

Here are five things you should do:

  • Take action: The more payments you miss, the more money you'll need to catch up. Remember, the court expects you to make child support payments in full until you receive a modification.
  • Talk to the other parent: This doesn't always work, but if the other parent signs off on a modification, it's much easier to get the court to follow suit.
  • Keep making payments: Even if you can't make your child support payments in full, pay as much as you can. Not only does this show the court that you're trying, but it also helps protect against falling too far behind.
  • Document your financial change: The court wants to know why you're unable to make your child support payments in full. Common reasons include a job loss, pay cut or serious health concern.
  • File your request: You'll file your request for a child support modification with the court that issued your current order. From there, it won't be long before you know what the future holds in regards to payments.

Will this struggle pass, or is your marriage over?

Every marriage goes through rough patches. Sometimes they last a weekend, and other times they can drag on for years. Often, spouses can work through the issues on their own, but some couples benefit from marital counseling to get through the hard times. It's not always easy to know when the marriage is worth saving and when it is beyond repair.

Because you and your spouse seem to be having more bad times than good, you may wonder if you are heading toward the end or if you are just having one of those rough patches. Of course, no two marriages are the same, and the reasons for your challenges are likely very different from those of other couples. Nevertheless, there seem to be common signs that indicate a marriage may be in serious trouble.

How to create a holiday visitation schedule

The holiday season has the potential to be joyous on many fronts, especially if you have children. However, if you're co-parenting with your ex-spouse, it's not always easy to get everyone on the same page.

When it comes to creating a holiday visitation schedule, the first thing you should do is review your parenting agreement.

High asset, high debt divorce: How to approach credit cards

Many divorcing couples find that they have many assets to divide. Along the way, they learn that they have just as many debts that must also be split and paid down.

Joint credit card debt is common, as married couples often use credit cards as a means of making big purchases, managing their finances and maintaining their standard of living.

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