How to Tell Kids You’re Getting Divorced

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The Big Talk with Your Kids

Even if you feel positive about your decision to divorce, you’re probably dreading telling your children. Nobody enjoys telling kids that their parents are getting a divorce, even when everyone in the family agrees that it’s for the best. Be prepared for your children to be very distressed by this news, or for them to be less upset than you are. In other words, you have to be ready for any possible reaction from your children. These simple tips should take the dread out of the ‘big talk’ and help you prepare answers to your kids’ tricky questions.Read More

Co-Parenting After Divorce

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Parenting Tips for Divorced Couples

Divorce is a major life change for every couple, but if you and your spouse have children together, you may feel like your divorce is extra complicated. Child-raising can’t be an afterthought in the decisions you make about your divorce; your spouse is probably going to be a big part of your life until your children become adults. Co-parenting after divorce can be challenging, but it doesn’t have to be painful. There are just as many good parenting strategies for divorced couples as there are for married ones. Of course, every divorce is unique in its own way, but there are some general rules that will help any couple raise happy kids after they split up.Read More

How to Determine Alimony

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Which Type of Alimony Suits Your Divorce?

Alimony is a term you’ve probably heard many times, but if you’re like most people, you may not have a clear idea of how it works and who receives it. Alimony is a type of court-ordered payment from one ex-spouse to the other, designed to financially support the dependent spouse. As a general rule of thumb, a spouse is considered dependent when their ex makes more money than they do. You’re not automatically eligible for alimony just because you earn less money than your ex, however; there are several additional factors that determine eligibility. And if you are eligible for alimony, it’s not a one-size-fits-all situation – there are different kinds of alimony to suit your specific needs. This article will help you start the process of determining whether you’re eligible for alimony and finding the right type if you are.Read More

Financial Planning for Divorce

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Transitioning to Your Future

If you are considering a divorce, chances are you’re focused on the things that are coming to an end. However, divorce isn’t just about the end of a relationship; it’s the beginning of a new life and a new lifestyle. It is crucial when beginning this transition to re-evaluate your financial situation and plan for your future. To ensure you’re making the best possible decisions for your future financial stability, there are five important aspects to consider: your living expenses, alimony, downsizing, insurance, and retirement. Divorce is about more than dividing your assets, and these five aspects of financial planning will help you take the appropriate precautions before making big decisions.Read More

8 Ways to Keep Divorce Costs Down

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How to Avoid Finance-based Delays

Divorce is rarely an easy decision to make, in part because even if you’re sure it’s the right move for your heart, you might not be sure it’s right for your bank account. Divorce costs can be more than getting married nowadays and for most couples in most situations, it’s a financial hurdle to overcome. Money concerns are one of the major reasons couples delay getting divorced; it’s understandable why many people wait until they are ready to move forward financially, but there are ways of keeping the cost down. With that in mind, we’ve put together 8 common-sense methods for getting the divorce process done quickly without breaking the bank.Read More

Bouncing Back from Unwanted Divorce

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Your Opportunity to Create a New Path

In an ideal world, every divorce would be mutual, with both parties agreeing it was the best option for them. Unfortunately, divorce isn’t always mutual, and it’s hard being the person who wanted to make the marriage work. If your spouse is no longer willing to invest the time and energy needed to maintain your relationship, you need to accept the reality that your marriage is over. You cannot force someone to stay in a marriage, as tempting as the idea may be – you owe it to yourself to move forward with dignity after an unwanted divorce.Read More

Divorce with Dignity

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How to Manage Your Divorce

When going through divorce, emotions are running high. The reality is that the world you once knew is about to change, and that could throw anyone off-balance. Though each divorce is unique and complex, there are tactics anybody can use to help smooth the transition. Your divorce doesn’t have to be a messy situation if you make it a priority to divorce with dignity. Read More

8 Troubling Signs Your Marriage Won’t Last

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Indications Your Marriage Might Fail

When you’re considering getting married, it’s an exciting time – one that makes it hard to see the big picture. No one gets married believing their marriage will end quickly, and everyone believes they’re the exception to the rules. But psychologists have identified tell-tale signs that foreshadow whether most marriages will be successful or not. It’s important to be aware of these signs before you commit to being someone’s life partner. Here are 8 red flags that tend to signify a shorter marriage, and tips to navigate around them.
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How Divorce Affects Adolescents

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Divorce, Adolescents and Children

In our society divorce is almost considered a norm. However, it doesn’t make the process any less painful for adolescents and younger children. To fill the void of information about the impact of divorce on adolescents, CompleteCase.com recently interviewed psychologist Robert Stewart. Stewart is an accomplished cognitive behavioral psychotherapist (CBT), a form of therapy originally developed to help treat depression.Read More

6 Tips to Deal with Divorce Grief

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Be Understanding of YOU: Allowing Yourself to Grieve is Important

Divorce and grief go hand and hand, but it’s important to understand that this is not the “new normal”, although you will likely experience it for a period of time. Some people bounce back quickly and some take much longer – both of these are fine.  Be understanding to yourself.  You will come out okay.

Grief isn’t just one emotion – it’s many and goes through many stages including denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance according to pioneers Kubler & Ross who put forth this idea decades ago.  When getting divorced, you are essentially watching an aspect of yourself fade away, so it goes without saying that grief is a natural outcome.  Read More