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How to avoid disaster when going through a divorce

13104689_S.jpgIf you have told your friends and family that you are getting a divorce, it is likely that you are going to be peppered with advice about what you should do and how you should feel. Indeed, they probably have best interests in mind, but their advice may not really help you when it comes to making sure the process works for you and is within your budget.

What will your child think of your parenting plan?

38970956_S.jpgFor many parents, during a divorce, they really do want to meet the statutory standard of the "best interests of the child" when making decisions about their child. Many truly believe they are doing what is best for their children. But for any divorced parent, it is a daunting standard and it may not be easily attained.

It's the conflict, not the divorce

19201252_S.jpgThere is always a great deal of concern for parents when it comes to divorce and their children. Many parents worry that their children will be "harmed" by divorce. There are many things that they may consider harm, from doing poorly in school to having a divorce of their own in the far distant future.

Too much texting leads to divorce

13129917_S.jpgA report from Saudi Arabia describes the latest problem caused by technology. In this instance, it was texting. A bride and groom returned to their hotel room on their wedding night. The wife was responding to texts congratulating the new couple. The newly-minted husband asked her to stop and after becoming frustrated asked if the friends she was texting were more important than he was. She, annoyed by his question, said they were. Yelling and escalated arguments followed.

How to tell your children you are divorcing

12940561_S.jpgDivorce is full of emotional events. From the first time the thought crossed your mind that you want to end your marriage, to the day you contacted a divorce attorney, until the day you receive the final order in your case from the Missouri family court, you will have to deal with various types of emotional tumult.

Does no-fault divorce need to be changed?

17970727_S.jpgNo-fault divorce is the standard method of obtaining a divorce. In Missouri, you can proceed with either a fault or a no-fault divorce. No-fault is often criticized for a range of societal problems from lowering the economic status of women to the fall of Western Civilization. Part of the problem may be that people tend to have short memories and see incidents with no-fault occurring today as somehow being uniquely troubled. 

The unexpected relationship

35133752_S.jpgYou and your spouse simply can't live together. You divorce, and you both meet other people and eventually remarry. You had children together, so you will be tied together with that bond. Given that you are divorcing, you may see this as a significant disadvantage.

The "sudden" decision to divorce

32821549_S.jpgDivorce can be a funny thing. One day, you may suddenly come to the realization that you want out of your marriage and you want a divorce. While the realization may arrive with surprising suddenness, the underlying motivational factors have probably been present for a long time.

How unmarried fathers can secure custody rights

5789020_S.jpgIt is understandable that you may be intimidated by the prospect of seeking court intervention to have your rights to custody and parenting time recognized. After all, you may think that there is an inherent bias against men in family court. While some unscrupulous moms may want you to believe this myth, it is simply not true. As a father, you do have rights when it comes  to making parenting decisions. With unmarried fathers, however, there is a specific process that must be followed to have these rights recognized.

The experience of others in divorce

8001328_S.jpgOverconfidence bias can be a problem in many areas of life. Drivers often drive too fast or while intoxicated due to overconfidence bias, believing themselves to be highly-skilled drivers based purely on their, to that point in time, not having been involved in an accident.

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