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Long-distance moves during custody cases can be challenging

One of the most difficult things that parents might have to do when they have gone through a divorce is to move out of the area. This brings up the possibility of having one parent who is going to have a long-distance relationship with their children. Whether you are the custodial parent or not, you have to think carefully about the situation.

We know that you likely have a good reason to move. This might be for a job or to be closer to family members. Make sure that you clearly express the reason for the move to the other parent so they know that you aren't moving just to make a difficult situation even more complex.

Discuss holiday plans with your ex right away

The cooler autumn weather means that the holiday season is fast approaching. If you have children but aren't in a relationship now with their other parent, now is the time that you need to look into what will happen during the holiday season. By taking the time to do this now, you can help your children know what to expect for each upcoming holiday.

Your parenting plan might have information about the schedule your child will follow. Even if this is the case, it is best to touch base with your ex to make sure that there aren't any conflicts. It might be difficult to address possible problems. Regardless, you should work toward ensuring that your children can enjoy the festivities.

Plan your property division strategy based on practical matters

The property division process can be one of the more stressful aspects of getting a divorce. You have to think about how each asset or debt can impact your future. Your ex is doing the same thing. Ultimately, everything must be split to finalize the divorce. If you are willing to work with your ex toward the common goal of splitting marital assets, your divorce can usually be done sooner.

We realize that some divorces have a lot of assets to comb through. It might help if you make a list of all the assets and debts of which you're aware prior to the first mediation session. You can also turn to the paperwork for the divorce because each party has to fill out a form regarding this matter.

Help your children deal with the emotions of divorce

The emotions that come with divorce are hard for some adults to manage. They might be even more challenging for children who don't have the experience handling strong emotions. As a parent, it is your job to help your children cope with the repercussions of divorce in the best way possible.

It is imperative that you take the time to listen to your children. Pay attention to their actions as well as their words. This can help you get an accurate read on how they are truly feeling so that you can then address any potential issues.

Know when alimony payments should end

Alimony payments are ordered in some divorces, either due to a mutual agreement or because of a judge's decision. All post-divorce support terms are spelled out in the divorce order, but sometimes this is confusing. Anyone who is going through a divorce that might include alimony should understand some basic points about it. One of these is when the payments will stop.

The duration of the support payments depends on the terms of the order. In some cases, there is only one alimony payment made. This is known as a lump-sum payment. There won't be any future payments once that one is made.

Amicable divorces are usually the best option possible

When you know your marriage is over, there isn't any reason to make things more difficult than they have to be. Leaving the marriage and filing for divorce set up a clear path for what you plan on doing. There are many things that you can do to try to have an amicable split.

As you begin to work through the process, you might find that things aren't as easy as you thought. You might need to grieve the end of your marriage, even if you were the one who called it quits. You may realize that you feel guilty about being the one who ended things.

Creative custody solutions are sometimes best

Now that school is back in session, divorced parents are finding out that there are some changes necessary for the child custody schedule. If you are in this position, you should try to get those hashed out now so that you can settle into the new routine.

In many cases, working directly with your ex is one of the best ways that you can do this. Sit down with them and try to figure out what is going to work for everyone. Oftentimes, this is the faster and much less costly option than having to go back to court.

Get to know your children even if you only have visits with them

Spending time with your children is an important part of being a parent. When you are divorced, you might not have as much time as you want with the children. This means that you will have to use what time you do have as best as you can. Here are some tips to help you make the most of the time:

Find activities that your children enjoy doing. These can be things to do at home or away from home. The important thing here is that you find things you can do together. Maybe you want to build model airplanes with your kids or you might enjoy hiking. Just make sure that there is a shared enjoyment so that everyone is making fun memories.

Working together can resolve property division issues

The terms of your divorce must be based on your situation. You can't think about what worked for someone else when you are trying to find solutions for the issues you are facing. This is especially true for property division.

Some people have it easier here because they don't have as many assets as others. When you don't have as many assets, you won't need to divide as much. There also won't be as much that has to go through the valuation process.

Tips for effective communication with your co-parent

Co-parenting is a challenging situation for some individuals because they didn't get a divorce due to getting along so well. Still, many parents realize that working together for the good of the children can benefit everyone.

One of the biggest challenges that comes with co-parenting your children is communication. This is a time when disagreements might come to light and the situation might get heated. Trying to find ways to diffuse the situation becomes a priority. Here are some tips that might help:

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