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Tips for coparenting in the teen years

When parents in Wisconsin get a divorce, their children are affected as well. As those children move into the teen years, parents may face a new set of challenges. It is important to avoid some common errors when co-parenting teens, such as easing off on communication with one another on the assumption that their teen will fill in the gaps. This can mean one parent does not realize that there are certain issues on which the teen may need guidance.

Parents might also start to default to relying on the teen to carry any important information between them. This can put a lot of power in the teen's hands and can be unreliable. As teens become more independent and are able to drive themselves places, they may take advantage of parents' ignorance if parents stop coordinating schedules with one another regularly. Parents should also continue making an effort to get to know their teen's friends instead of assuming the other parent does.

Co-parenting is not always the right answer

The general consensus in the family law world is that continuing to spend time with both their parents after a divorce is what's best for children. As such, co-parenting is often highly encouraged when figuring out a parenting agreement. However, this might not always be the best idea. Wisconsin residents might like to know about instances when co-parenting might not work.

The biggest issues preventing co-parenting often involve situations where sharing custody would not be safe for a parent or child. This may occur when a parent has a history of violence, or ex-spouses have restraining orders against one another. One parent may be emotionally or physically abusive or might have abandoned or neglected a child in the past.

Hidden assets in marriage are more common than you think

If you’ve been married for any length of time, you are well aware that finances are one of the biggest sources of conflict in any relationship. Each of us relates to money in a different way. And if that relationship to money is vastly different than our spouse’s, it can be highly problematic.

For some, the imperfect solution is just to avoid talking about money, or to keep secrets from one another. In fact, hiding assets in a relationship is surprisingly common. According to a recent poll of U.S. adults married to or cohabitating with a partner, 19 percent of survey respondents admitted to hiding a credit, checking or savings account from their significant other. This means nearly one in five people have a secret source of funds that they don’t want their partner to know about.

Why divorcing couples should consider insurance coverage

Divorce in Wisconsin often takes a heavy toll on families. It causes different kinds of stress, and there can be so many details to notice that some things go overlooked. Many soon-to-be exes forget to consider how the family insurance coverage will look after the divorce. Typically, the two most important types of insurance coverage in a divorce are life insurance and health insurance.

Life insurance may be especially important if one of the spouses expects to receive spousal support. Most of the time, spousal support is terminated upon the death of the paying spouse. The stream of support payments may be continued by taking out a life insurance policy on the payor spouse. In some cases, life insurance is made mandatory by the terms of the divorce settlement. The recipient ex should own the policy and be responsible for paying the premiums so that they are in control.

How to divorce a narcissist successfully

Perhaps you fell for his or her attractive charm and lime-light personality. Sometimes, it is not always obvious when you are in the thick of a relationship with someone that they are really a narcissist at heart. Narcissists have a clever way of making sure people like them, until you realize the true tank they’re interested in keeping filled is their own inflated ego and delusional self-aggrandizing beliefs.

In fact, divorcing a narcissist may be harder than being married to one. The divorce process is a direct assault on their well-coifed persona. Underneath the illusion of being in love with themselves, narcissists are quite fragile and weak inside. Therefore, divorce retaliation can feel like a nightmare to the other person in the relationship.

Many changes come after a divorce is finalized

After Wisconsin couples negotiate a divorce settlement and the agreement is finalized in the decree, they may feel like they are ready to move forward. However, while reaching an agreement on property division and other key financial and practical issues can be a challenge, the actual separation of assets is not accomplished through finalizing the divorce. Instead, each party will need to take action on a series of administrative tasks to ensure that the agreement is actually implemented.

One of the most important tasks can be to address issues related to the marital home. If one spouse is going to remain in the home, the other spouse will need to sign away his or her interest through a quitclaim deed. At the same time, it is important that the remaining spouse refinance any remaining mortgage in his or her name. Both of these matters should be handled simultaneously when possible. Other property may also need to be retitled, such as motor vehicles.

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.

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