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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.

Does the higher income spouse always get custody of the kids?

It is a common belief that parents with a higher income have the advantage in custody proceedings. This belief, however, is not entirely accurate. While finances are one piece of a custody proceeding, they are not the decision-maker.

So, how is custody decided? What factors besides income are considered?

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