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Making co-parenting work when a marriage ends

Once a marriage is over, it's time for Wisconsin couples with children to shift their focus to making co-parenting work. Such arrangements may be more effective if divorced parents remember to put their children's best interests front and center. Even in instances where one parent views his or her ex as untrustworthy, incompetent or unreasonable, results tend to be better if both parties make an effort to politely interact and let children naturally discover parental flaws.

Acting like an adult during co-parenting after a divorce also means that parents are advised to be honest about the reasons for the split in a way that's appropriate for a child. Keeping basic household rules the same often creates a sense of consistency and clarity for children as can using an annual calendar to keep track of scheduled visits, holidays, vacations and other important dates.

How to Handle Dealing with Exes on Social Media

Social media sites - such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, have given us the ability to keep in touch with friends and family, share photos and videos, and much more. Unfortunately, there is a drawback: while social media provides a space to share fun things, it's also a place where negative statements and thoughts can be made in a very public way. These negative statements can become especially hurtful during a divorce.

Top 4 Issues Divorcees Can Resolve Through Mediation

If you're getting divorced and you and your spouse are both agreeable to the separation, you may want to use mediation to come to agreements and resolve any/all issues. Mediation gives the two of you the option to sit down with a neutral, third-party to work out the details of your divorce yourselves. The mediator is there to help you reach a compromise when the two of you find a point you don't agree on.

6 Tips to Ready Your Finances for a Divorce

Preparing for a divorce is much more work than you might think. This is because the financial issues involved in the process are fairly complex, especially if you or your spouse are contesting the divorce.That's why it's crucial that you take the time to look at your personal finances and prepare yourself for what's to come. In addition to the various court costs and any support (child or spousal) you may need to pay, you may also have the additional expenses of purchasing a new home, buying new furniture, or investing in a new vehicle.

9 Things to Avoid During Your Custody Battle

If you're going through a divorce and have young children, the courts will decide both legal custody and physical placement. People often refer to both by the term "custody," but there are actually two different legal decisions here. Legal custody determines who makes major decisions for children, while physical placement determines how parents share time with their children. It's possible the children will spend 50 percent of their time with you, but for your ex to have authority to make major decisions for them.

A How-To Guide on Choosing the Best Divorce Mediator for You

You want a divorce, and you've decided to mediate. As you probably know, choosing the mediation route is only a small part of the overall divorce process. Now, you need to figure out how to find a divorce mediator who is competent, qualified, and accessible.

How to Be a Successful Co-Parent - Part One

Co-parenting after a divorce is never easy, especially if you have a strained relationship with your ex-spouse. During a split, concerns and stressors can start to arise, be it with regards to your ex's parenting abilities, child support or finances, or the emotional strain of conflict or resentment. While no one enters a marriage or has children with the intention of getting divorced - engaging in amicable, communicative co-parenting can not only reduce some of these stressors, but also help your children establish more secure, stable, and healthy relationships with both parents.

Creating A Parenting Plan Checklist

Developing a parenting plan is a necessary, sometimes challenging task. Your parenting plan will outline how you and your co-parent will handle potential parenting issues, as well as support the upbringing of your child(ren) following divorce. By referencing what actions to take/follow in managing different parent-to-parent and parent-to-child situations, your plan will ultimately make raising kids across separate residences easier.

10 Common Mistakes That Could Impact Your Finances During a Settlement

Navigating divorce is not easy on couples, emotionally or financially. Every year, there are nearly one million divorces in the United States, leaving many spouses financially devastated as a result. Because accepting unfair settlements is a leading cause of these financial challenges, knowing the common settlement blunders that others make can reduce your risk of experiencing the serious costs of divorce. Here, we will address 10 financial errors commonly made when negotiating a divorce settlement.

How to Be a Successful Co-Parent - Part Two

In the first part of this article, we discussed the initial challenges of co-parenting; specifically, communicating the context of the divorce to your children. Because a high-conflict divorce can have negative impacts on a child, including delayed adjustment, strained parent-child relationships, anxiety, and negative coping strategies such as substance abuse, it is crucial for parents to combat these outcomes with long-term collaborative strategies made in the best interest of their children.

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