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Divorce can actually be good for your children

Many parents hesitate to divorce, no matter how unhappy they are, because they're concerned about how their children will be impacted. Certainly, there's considerable research addressing the short-term and long-term impact of parental divorce. However, if that divorce puts an end to constant fighting or silent rage and co-parents can find a way to work together to ensure their children's well-being, divorce can have a multitude of benefits for kids, both in the present and long into the future.

Things to consider if you want to keep the house after divorce

If you and your spouse own a home, that's likely to be the largest asset the two of you will need to find a way to divide in your divorce. Sometimes, couples have no choice but to sell the home and split the proceeds. It's usually too much for one person to afford on their own.

How parents can optimize their visitation rights after divorce

If your co-parent has primary physical custody of your kids and you have been granted visitation rights, it's understandable that you may be frustrated by your inability to spend as much time with them as you'd like. Whether the arrangement is one that you and your co-parent agreed on (perhaps because you have moved some distance away) or it's been ordered by a court, it's essential to help your kids understand the arrangement and to make the most of your time with them.

Co-parents can help their kids as they head back to school

Back-to-school time can be a relief in many ways for parents. However, if you're a separated or divorced parent, this time of year requires some planning and likely extra communication and cooperation with your co-parent. This is especially true if this is the first fall since the break-up. Following are a few things to keep in mind to make things go more smoothly for you and -- most importantly -- to minimize stress on your kids.

Congressional move could make adoption discrimination easier

Same-sex couples who want to adopt or foster children know that some private adoption agencies will turn them away. These organizations may have other restrictions as well. Some don't allow unmarried couples of any sexual orientation or anyone who's been divorced to adopt or foster a child. Some require that parents be Christian.

Why does Aspen's divorce rate exceed any other city in Colorado?

Colorado boasts some of the most beautiful areas in the country, and Aspen is certainly one of them. Therefore, it may come as a surprise that it has the highest divorce rate of any city in Colorado. In fact, its rate is nearly double the state's average rate.

Legal parentage for non-biological lesbian parents

If you are a lesbian with children, and one partner is the birth parent, how do you protect your parental rights? Unfortunately, you need to establish legal parentage even if you are on the birth certificate, due to the lack of certainty throughout the country and overseas. It is incredibly painful to learn you are not considered a legal parent of the child you love. Establishing parentage should be done regardless of whether you are considering leaving your relationship. 

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