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Stand firm against a narcissist during divorce

People who are going through a divorce likely have an idea of what they want to walk away with. However, this might not be realistic or what's best for them.

Once you come to terms with the fact that the marriage is over, it might be easier for you to think about the property division process because it may be less emotional than other aspects of the divorce. If you are walking away from a narcissist, it's especially important to know what you want because you are likely going to be facing a difficult journey.

Make the best of the parenting time you have with the kids

When you don't have your child with you all the time, you might be tempted to try to build activities into every second you do get with them so that you can make memories. While this is a good thought, you and your children will need some bonding time that doesn't involve always going out and doing things. We know that it can be hard to figure out what to do when your children are with you, so think about these suggestions.

First, make sure that you are leaving time for your children to speak to you. Having heart-to-heart talks gives you a chance to gauge how your kids are adjusting to the situation. It also lets them know that they can always feel free to discuss things with you. Make sure that you are actively listening and ready to offer support when necessary.

Expert says people need to change their view of divorce

One relationship expert does not think that a lot of Americans are looking at divorce in the right light. She says they need to change their view to more accurately reflect what's going on.

Her reasoning is that many people seem to think that filing for divorce means failing to maintain your marriage. She doesn't look at it that way. It's not failing, she says, but just deciding to go a different direction than your spouse. In many cases, both people make this decision together.

Making decisions in your best interest during divorce

When you are going through a divorce, you have to think about what is best for you. Your ex might have taken care of you when you were married, but they will only consider their own needs during the divorce. There are some considerations for you to think about when you are going through this major life change.

One important thing to do is to write out any agreements you have with your ex. Getting everything in writing can help you to avoid disagreements in the future since the terms are clearly documented. This includes everything from property division agreements to information about child custody.

Parenting plans should cover education decision-making

The end of the school year is nearing. This is the best time of the year to review your child's education in the past year so that you can make any necessary changes before the start of a new school year. If you and the child's other parent aren't in a relationship any longer, making these changes might be a bit complex.

Parenting plans often contain decision-making powers. If you have the sole responsibility for school decisions, you don't have to consult with your ex before making changes. Some individuals will still discuss changes with the other parent just to be nice and so that the parent can remain active in the child's life.

Spousal support payments have special consideration

Divorces that will include alimony are often complex, but knowing a few points about these spousal support payments might help individuals who are considering asking for them make a decision about what to do. Because the tax laws related to alimony changed at the beginning of 2019, there are some individuals who might have to rethink what they are going to do.

Under the old tax law, alimony payments were considered income for the payee, and they were tax exempt for the payer. This changed so you no longer need to consider that aspect of these payments, but there are other things that you should consider.

Handle parenting disagreements carefully

Parents who are divorced often find it difficult to make decisions about the children. After all, you didn't get divorced because you always agreed on matters. When there are disputes about parenting matters, you have to take the time to think carefully about what is best for the kids. We are here to help you evaluate the options and make a plan for moving forward.

One factor that must always be present in these cases, no matter how serious the disagreement is that both adults should treat the matter with great respect. This isn't a time for name-calling or being rude. Instead, respect should be provided mutually. Not only can this help you resolve the matter, but it also sets a good example for the children.

Tips for long distance travel for your kids to come visit you

Making arrangements for long distance visitation with your child might be difficult. There are many factors that go into these situations. One of these is trying to figure out when the child can come to you. This will depend on the school schedule, as well as your work schedule. Arranging the travel plans as early as possible can make things a bit easier when it is time for the kids to travel to you.

In many cases, children can fly from one parent to the other. When they are very young, however, they might need a guardian on the plane. As the child gets older, the airline may be able to provide them with an escort. It is imperative that both parents have a say in the travel arrangements for custody and visitation. Be sure that you discuss the financial obligation for each adult before you make flight plans.

Divorce decisions must be handled carefully to avoid mistakes

Many aspects of a divorce can lead to you feeling stressed out. There isn't much that you can do to reduce this since you can't avoid the decisions that have to be made. You might find that preparing for these can go a long way toward helping you to reduce your stress. We realize that you might need some assistance determining what options you have. We are here to help you with this.

For some people who are going through a divorce, the constant barrage of decisions is almost suffocating. Instead of trying to make all the decisions all at once, you can go through one at a time as long as you start as soon as you find out about the divorce.

Parenting plans can be rigid or flexible, depending on needs

Child custody cases are often difficult for the parents to deal with, but trying to work together with your ex may make this a bit easier. Many parents don't realize that they can really start their parenting relationship off on the right foot if they compromise from the start.

It might help you to remember that you and your ex have a common goal – meeting the child's best interests. What might differ is the manner in which you make that happen. This is fine, as long as the children are healthy and happy.

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