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4 Tips for Surviving Wedding Season if You’re Newly Divorced

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Wedding season can be rough for anyone, but if you’re newly divorced, it can be full of potential emotional land mines. What if someone who doesn’t know asks where your ex is? Will you be able to sit and smile about someone else’s happy new marriage after how wrong yours went? Fear not!  Thanks to the many newly divorced people who have weathered wedding season before you, here are 4 tips for making it through largely unscathed: Choose Invites Carefully You aren’t obligated to attend every wedding to which you’re invited. If you feel that a wedding may pose a…

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6 Tips for Coping when Your Ex Has a New Partner

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You knew this day would come, but you didn’t realize it would be so soon: Your ex has a new partner. Whether you’re prepared or not, it can be jarring to see your ex dating someone else.  You may be working through a mixture of emotions, and worried you’ll say or do the wrong thing. Here are 6 tips for coping when your ex has a new partner: Don’t Be Afraid of Your Emotions – in the Right Situations It’s never easy to see the person you used to love with someone else, even if you really wanted out. You…

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I Want to Modify My Parenting Plan. What Do I Need to Know?

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When a parenting plan is drawn up, the parents aim to handle as many possible situations and needs as they can.  Visitation, child support, schooling, religion, medical decisions, vacations, and extracurricular activities all are addressed in an effort to minimize conflicts between parties and provide a stable, secure environment for the children. However, parenting plans cannot possibly address all the needs of a child or an adult, and they can’t always predict things such as job changes, loss of salary, or extraordinary medical needs. If you think you may need or want to change your parenting plan, for whatever reason,…

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I Want to Move to a New State. What Can I Expect for My Custody Agreement?

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No matter how long ago, or how recently, your child custody agreement was finalized, life changes.  And because you couldn’t have predicted the future when your agreement was being drawn up, it doesn’t account for the fact that you now want to move to another state.  Before you pack your bags and go apartment-hunting, there are some things you need to understand about what your relocation means for your current custody situation: If You Are the Non-Custodial Parent Moving as the non-custodial parent can be fairly easy. You tell your ex you’re moving and, depending on how old your children…

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9 Financial Tasks to Take Care of After Your Divorce

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Your divorce brings about all sorts of life changes: You are suddenly single, you’re spending less time with your kids, and you may have had to get a whole new place to live.  Divorce is an incredibly uncertain, tumultuous time. It can also be a financially taxing time. Protect yourself from the avoidable financial fallout of your divorce by taking some time to plan carefully and make necessary changes to your finances after your divorce. Here are the 9 most crucial tasks to tackle: Cancel or Suspend Joint Accounts If you were married for any length of time, chances are…

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4 Ways to Stay Sane when Divorcing a Narcissist

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You’ve seen the signs for years: The blaming, the crazy-making, the inability to accept responsibility for their own actions. While you may have put up with it for a while – Let’s face it, it does feel nice when you get showered with love or surprised with flowers and gifts even if you’ve recently been hurt by your partner – you know that you can’t live this way anymore. You’re married to a narcissist, and you want a divorce. Because of the unique, disordered way a narcissist’s brain works, divorcing one requires some special considerations and preparations. It won’t be…

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My Case Is Going into Mediation. What Happens Now?

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You’re in the midst of your divorce or child custody case, and things with your ex have hit an impasse. Maybe you can’t agree on the way the child custody schedule should look, or what school the kids should attend, or what should happen to the house you shared. No matter the issue, you’re preparing to enter mediation, whether by recommendation of your attorney or order of the court. You may have heard of this term, but don’t actually know what happens or what to expect from the mediation process. Here’s what you need to know about mediation:   What…

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I’m Getting Divorced. Should I Adjust My Estate Planning Documents?

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Divorce is a stressful situation full of changes. You’re changing your marital status, where you live, the amount of money and property you have access to, the amount of time you have with your children, and more. Something that often gets left out when finalizing your divorce is your estate planning documents. Things such as wills, trusts, and even retirement beneficiaries need to be changed to remove your former spouse’s name and access so that, if something happens to you, the right people receive your assets.   What Documents Do I Need to Change after My Divorce? Along with your…

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Can Divorce Be Good for My Children?

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Deciding to divorce is never easy. You have to worry about how you’re going to pay all the bills, where you’ll live, and how to separate lives that were once so intertwined. If you and your spouse have children together, though, the worries about divorcing can be magnified. Should we stay together for the sake of the kids? What happens if they have to switch schools? Won’t it be difficult for them to live in separate houses? All of your fears are completely valid and show that you’re concerned about how your children will react to this major life change….

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I’m a Private Person. Will My Divorce Records Be Public?

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You’ve filed for divorce, or have just recently had your divorce finalized. Throughout the process, you and your former spouse filed motions and had information admitted into evidence. Some of it may be private information, such as financial records or sworn statements. The process may leave you wondering: Are the D.C. court records of your divorce accessible to the general public? The answer to that question is a little more complicated than a simple “Yes” or “No.” The fact that you got divorced, as well as the date your divorce was finalized, is public record. Some of the records of…

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