Military Disability Pay and Divorce

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by Chris Barondeau , a divorce attorney with the Goosmann Law Firm in Sioux City, Iowa. From the ABA Family Law Newsletter April, 2017. How would you describe your marriage? If you are currently considering divorce, you might say “it’s complicated.” When one spouse is receiving military disability pay, you might think this makes the divorce process complicated as well. It can be difficult to understand how military disability pay factors into your divorce. However, by obtaining basic information about the … Read more »

Praise for Adoptive Moms and Stepmoms on Mother's Day

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Mother is a verb. Shared genes are optional. Denise Cummins Ph.D-from Psychology Today What do adoptive moms and stepmoms have in common? They believe that a family is a group of people who love and care for each other, and shared genes are optional. Birth Moms Nature gives birth mothers an advantage when it comes to forming emotional bonds with their children. During childbirth, both baby and mother are flooded with oxytocin—the hormone that promotes emotional bonding. Most birth mothers … Read more »

10 Most Common Reasons for Divorce

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by Shellie R Warren- author, writer, marriage life coach and doula- from Marriage .com Marriage isn’t always easy and the sad reality is that not all “I do’s” end with a happily ever after no matter how much two people may love each other. It’s estimated that 40 to 50 percent of all first marriages, and 60 percent of second marriages in the United States, end in divorce. This can be hard to grasp for someone who is about … Read more »

How To Divorce Like A Grown-Up (And Co-Parent Like One, Too)

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Here’s how to split up as amicably as possible. by Brittany Wong The Huffington Post The divorce process can be ugly or remarkably civil. If you’re hoping to split up amicably, it’s important to first do your homework, advised Morghan Richardson, a divorce attorney based in Astoria, New York.  “Just a little information about the start of the process can go a long way in establishing that you are using the divorce process as a tool, not a weapon,” she … Read more »

7 Must-Read Tips For New Stepparents Who Don’t Have Kids Of Their Own

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by Carolin Lehman from The Huffington Post If you’re marrying a man or woman with kids and you don’t have kids of your own, it can be a serious adjustment. You’re taking on two new major life roles at once ― that of a spouse and a stepparent. We asked experienced stepparents to share their best tips for newbies who don’t quite know where to begin. Here’s what they had to say: 1. Talk to your partner about life with their kids … Read more »

Getting Divorced-Updated for Tax Year 2016

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from Intuit Turbotax If you’re going through a divorce, taxes may be the last thing on your mind, so we’re here to help. We’ve got tips for you on which filing status to choose after the divorce, who can claim the exemptions for the kids, and how payments to an ex-spouse are treated for tax purposes. Filing status Couples who are splitting up but not yet divorced before the end of the year have the option of filing … Read more »

40 Secrets Only Divorce Attorneys Know

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By Lia Sestric, Contributor to The Huffington Post The divorce process is a stressful one that can easily bring out the worse in people. Some people even see divorce as a way to seek revenge on a spouse by seizing money and assets. Although divorce can bail you out of an unhappy marriage, it can also milk you for all you are worth if you don’t know your rights. Check out these 40 secrets from top divorce attorneys to … Read more »

Don’t Let Holiday Season Get You Down —

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by Steve Siebold from the Huffington Post Divorce It’s just about that time of year again. The holiday season is almost here. It’s an exciting time of the year for a lot of people as they look forward to these next few months all year long. It starts with Halloween, then Thanksgiving, followed by Christmas and New Year’s. The joy and excitement that many of us feel isn’t shared by everyone. The holidays bring plenty of stress with them, … Read more »

Who Gets the Kids on Halloween?

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by Jann Blackstone-Author of Ex-Etiquette Q. In the past you have suggested that divorced parents both go trick-or-treating with their kids. I hate my ex. We have been divorced for almost five years and she’s still a selfish, obnoxious person and I don’t want to be anywhere near her. I can’t cover up my disgust and that can’t be good for my children to witness—but we did not put Halloween in the parenting plan and we can’t decide whose … Read more »

13 Children's Books That Help Kids Understand Divorce

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by Samantha Darby-Romper.com-from the AAML Facebook page Books are a huge source of comfort for everybody, but especially children. I can’t tell you how many times a book has cheered my daughter up and given me and her dad a sounding board to discuss topics with her. For parents going through a divorce, children’s books that help kids understand divorce could be just the tools you need to make the change as easy as possible on … Read more »