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Family law: Divorcing with kids during the holidays

Most people, including family law attorneys, would agree that divorce is one of the most challenging life events a family will ever face. When the divorce is still ongoing during Christmas or other major holidays, these challenges can increase even more. Some issues that may arise during a holiday divorce include the following:

Surprising reasons why you should sign a prenup

It's still common for people to get married without signing a prenuptial agreement even after hearing all the horror stories that come with every divorce in the Lakewood area. A prenuptial agreement can wind up saving you thousands of dollars and quite a lot of stress. Let's take a look at some surprising reasons why you should sign a prenup.

How co-parents can work together to deal with a picky eater

Most parents have to deal with a child who's a picky eater at some point. As kids grow up and learn how to assert their opinions, they may rebel against eating the healthy foods their parents serve them in the hope of getting something tastier.

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.

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