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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:

Use these simple tips to make the most of co-parenting

Having to live your life full of stress isn't a good situation for anyone. Unfortunately, many co-parents find that they are having to deal with some very tense situations just because of the situation. In these times, it is best to remind yourself of some simple tips that can make things a bit easier.

Picking your battles is critical in these cases. You need to decide what is truly worth fighting over. It might help you to think about how your ex's actions and yours are impacting your children. As long as what the other parent is doing isn't harming your child or putting them in danger, it might be best to just walk away from the situation.

Protect your own interests when you are going through a divorce

The end of a marriage is an emotionally charged time. Even if you know that things aren't working out, you might still feel anger and sadness at the end. This is hard to deal with in many cases; however, working through these is necessary so that you can enjoy your life moving forward. We are here to help you move your case through the necessary process so that you can have the closure that comes with the finalized paperwork.

It is important that you remain focused on protecting your best interests when you are going through the process. This includes everything from making sure that you get assets that will help you in the future to ensuring that you have a solid parenting plan that keeps you involved in your child's life. We are here to help you learn the possible options that you have each step of the way.

Protect your child's rights when you divorce

Children usually have a rough time when their parents go through a divorce. Even though it is easy for the adults to focus on the logistical matters of the split, they need to ensure that the children have what they need to thrive. There are some specific rights that should be nonnegotiable for the kids.

One of the most important rights is that they be allowed to be children. They don't need to know all of the details about the divorce. They shouldn't be sounding boards for either parent to air out their grievances. Instead, they should be encouraged to have fun and spend time with friends. They need to be able to focus on things outside of their parents' divorce.

The end of a marriage doesn't have to be a huge battle

The end of marriage comes with a lot of challenges. When the split is amicable, you might have some advantages that aren't present with contentious divorces. You might not have to worry too much about having to fight for what you want or need as your case is moving forward.

Many people don't realize that you don't have to fight and go through a lot of disagreements to get a divorce. In fact, you can usually get the split finalized faster if you and your ex can make decisions together. This includes a plan for support, custody and property division. All of these have to be worked out thoroughly so that you can legally end the marriage.

Alimony changes are set to start with the new year

There aren't many times in which people will be instructed to try to rush their divorce. Now is one of the unusual times in which people might need to get things taken care of immediately.

Starting on Jan. 1, 2019, there isn't going to be a tax break for alimony payments. The only way that the tax break can be used after that is if the divorce settlement was reached prior to Dec. 31, 2018.

Visitation is important for the parent-child relationship

Parents who don't have custody of their children often live for the time they do get to spend with them. These visits are important for the parent-child relationship since they allow both parties to spend time together. We understand how devastating it might be for a parent to find out that the visits with the children aren't going to happen according to the child custody agreement.

There are many reasons why visits might be cancelled. The child might be sick, which really shouldn't be an issue if you don't mind caring for a sick child. The exception would be if it is detrimental for the child to be moved from his or her current location. In those cases, you might be able to work out a plan for you to go to the child.

A lump sum alimony payment may be preferable to monthly payments

Some divorces come with the possibility of having to make support payments to your ex for a while. When this is the case, you have to work to make sure that you are making the best decisions possible about these payments. One thing that you can't do is to just ignore the order for alimony and not make the payments.

In some cases, such as when there aren't any children involved, the only tie that might bind a person to his or her ex is the spousal support. Breaking that bind might be desirable. When this happens, you might have the option of making a lump sum alimony payment instead of having to make monthly payments to your ex.

The finer points of property division to consider

People who are going to file for a divorce need to make sure that they have everything in order before they get this done. There are some important points about property division and the acquisition of assets that you must remember if you are going to divorce.

One very important thing to remember is that you should make any large purchases that you will need to complete before you file for divorce. There is a chance that the court might issue an order that prevents both parties in the case from being able to make large purchases. The same is true if you need to liquidate an asset since that is usually covered by the ban, too.

Child custody cases must consider the child's best interests

Child custody matters have to be handled very carefully. All decisions that have to be made in these matters must take the child's best interests into account. Parents who are going through this now need to realize that they don't have to make plans that will last the entire time that the child lives at home. Instead, the agreement needs to focus on what the child need now. As the kid grows up, the terms can be modified.

We realize that you might have some questions about what you can do to make things work with child custody. When you are going through this situation, you need to think about all of the options that are available to you so that you can choose the one that you feel is best for your children.

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