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A prenuptial agreement means starting marriage on the right foot

Prenuptial agreements hold a special place in the world of family law. They are contracts that people enter into willingly prior to marriage in the hopes of affirming their expectations for the marriage or avoiding conflict in the event of a divorce.

Once viewed as a sign of cynicism by many, prenuptial agreements are now widely viewed as a practical tool to be used by modern professionals or those with assets who wish to get married. With more blended families and marriages between two successful professionals comes an increased need for those getting married to protect their financial assets and independence from the legal complications of marriage.

Cohabitation only helps prevent divorce for a year

People choose to live together before they get married for many reasons. Sometimes, it's a financial decision, an easy way to reduce the financial strain of having two sets of bills and living apart. Other times, they just want the ease of living together without all of the ceremony -- and cost -- of a wedding.

One other reason people do it, though, is to "test" their marriage before they actually get married. They don't want to spend years of their lives and $30,000 on a wedding if it's quickly going to become clear that they shouldn't be together. A quick divorce means they wasted all of that money and time. They figure that they can live together in advance and then, if they choose to get married, they will have a much stronger marriage as a result. They think it will last longer. But what do the statistics tell us?

Grandparents can be a source of stability in divorce

Divorce is a situation that is difficult for everyone involved, including the children. This can also impact the children's grandparents. While everything in life is in a state of chaos for the kids, the grandparents can be a source of stability. There are several ways that you can do this if you are facing this in your family right now.

One of the most important things that you can do is to truly focus on the children. The adults might also need your help, but taking the time to make sure the kids are handling things in an appropriate manner is beneficial for everyone involved.

Stealing from an employer can lead to fraud charges

On the surface, fraud may not seem so bad. You might think that it's no big deal to take a few dollars from the cash register at work or to hide a few transactions so that no one notices you took additional money for your own purposes.

While those small transactions might not seem very important, they can add up and could result in your being charged with fraud in Texas, a federal crime.

Owning a business and facing divorce in Texas

Divorce comes with many complications, regardless of who the spouses are and the nature of their assets. However, business owners who choose to divorce must handle a host of potential issues that others may never consider. Unless the owner took precautions and protected the business with a prenuptial agreement, then the business may qualify as marital property.

For business owners getting a divorce in Texas, the potential complications are even greater. Texas uses community property guidelines to determine how a couple divides their property, and each spouse must typically receive an equal portion of each asset's value. This means that spouses must divide assets (or liabilities) right down the middle, instead of a more flexible arrangement that other states may offer.

These 5 co-parenting tips can improve your life

As a parent dealing with life after divorce, it's imperative to turn your full attention to the well-being of your children. Co-parenting is not always easy, but the right approach will reduce stress and help you provide your children with a stable environment.

Here are five co-parenting tips to follow:

  • Put yourself in the other parent's shoes: It's easy to think about yourself, and nothing else, but a little bit of empathy can go a long way. Just because you don't get along with your ex-spouse doesn't mean you shouldn't care about their feelings.
  • Let flexibility guide you: A schedule is important to co-parenting success, but flexibility will help keep the peace. If the other parent asks for a schedule change, consider accommodating their request. Just the same, don't hesitate to ask for cooperation if something comes up on your end.
  • Pick your battles carefully: There are times when you have to disagree and argue with your ex. There are also times when you're better off sweeping the issue under the rug and moving on with your life.
  • Communicate clearly and efficiently: You can't assume that you know what the other parent is thinking. You can't assume that your ex knows your thoughts. Keeping an open line of communication improves the likelihood of successful co-parenting. It doesn't matter if you communicate face to face, over the phone or via text, as long as you're both comfortable.
  • Don't talk about your personal life: Things change after divorce, but that doesn't mean you have to share your new life with your ex-spouse. For example, if you're dating and it has no impact on your children, don't assume you have to share this with your ex. Keep your personal life personal!

Help! My special needs child isn't adjusting to the divorce

Many children struggle mightily to adjust to their parents getting divorced. If your child is on the autism spectrum or has other developmental delays, it can even be more challenging to sort out custody matters.

Some parents decide to think outside of the box in these instances. One potential option is something referred to as "bird's nest parenting."

After an expunction, can you say it never occurred?

You get arrested when you are 20 years old and in college. A criminal charge gets filed, and you cannot believe the turn your life has taken. You never expected to be here and you worry about what it means for your future.

Ultimately, the charges get dismissed. You never go to trial, you never stand before a jury and you certainly never get convicted.

Helping your child cope: Handling a divorce

You and your spouse decided to get a divorce because the nightly ritual of arguing with one another wasn't something you wanted to put your child through. Your child started to mention that you don't get along, and you know it's beginning to influence his or her behaviors.

Now that you've decided to take a step toward divorce, you want to be certain that your child will benefit as much as possible from the split. How can you make sure your child stays happy and healthy, though, when both parents aren't in the same home?

What if my spouse and I can't agree on how to divide our assets?

It is incredibly common for couples going through a divorce to disagree on key points. Child custody arrangements and financial support are often hotly contested issues. It is also very common for couples to disagree about how assets from the marriage should get split up between the spouses. The more assets you have, the easier it is for a disagreement to occur.

Disagreements can quickly become emotional, with both of you feeling a desire to "win" this final battle. If you can't come to terms about how to divide your assets and you don't have a prenuptial agreement on record, the courts will step in and handle the asset division process for you.

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