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Should you sell your home when you divorce?

A divorce often requires a reassessment of your living arrangements. Questions of whether you should stay in your home, and as important, can you afford to stay in your home arise. If you have children and have lived in the property for any length of time, you may have developed a strong emotional bond with the home. It may contain many of your fondest memories, you child's first steps, birthday parties, holidays and thousands of others.

As strong as the emotional element may be, during a marriage dissolution, you have to recognize the financial place your home occupies. You need to examine whether you really need its space and location.

Divorce can alter your Social Security retirement benefits

7183670_S.jpgOne of the problematic issues of divorce is that it affect so many aspects of your life. You may have to change where you live, the type of car you drive, your relationship with your children, your economic lifestyle, and your future economic situation including your retirement. It even can affect your Social Security benefits.

All of this occurs on top of the emotional upheaval you are also going through, and because of that many people may skip over some of those important financial details. They may find too overwhelming and believe that they can address it at a later time when they are in a better place.

Father's should have chance to share custody

4337560_S (1).jpgA bill has been passed by the Missouri legislature and is awaiting action by the governor that would require that family court judges in the state begin child custody actions with the presumption that if the parents cannot agree, a shared parenting plan with equal time between parents will be the default plan.

The bill is strongly supported by father's rights organizations, who feel that courts often treat fathers as a visitor to their children and not as a parent. One man is profiled in a news story as receiving every other weekend with his son complains that he "is not a weekend dad."

Sometimes, it's the little things

41225380_S.jpgA woman writes about how difficult things were after her divorce. She had two young daughters, who like many young children wanted to Disneyland. She noted that this was something she could not afford at that time, and she told her children that they would go, but she would need to work and save for the trip.

The girls, who were riding around a supermarket at the time in a shopping cart designed to carry two children in a front section that contained steering wheels. The girls were having a good time "driving" around the store. On her way out to the parking lot, she had an inspiration and decided to make this shopping cart like a "ride" at Disneyland.

Understanding divorce and your car loans, pt.2

9865747_S.jpgIn our last post, we were discussing how you could be forced to pay a for a car that your former spouse had been assigned in your divorce.

You may be outraged by this, believing your divorce agreement made them responsible for this vehicle and its debt. Technically, in this situation, you would pay the remaining deficiency balance and then sue your former spouse under the terms of the divorce agreement.

Understanding divorce and your car loans, pt.1

During a divorce, you can become rather fo18964514_S.jpgcused on your goal of separating yourself and your finances from your spouse. If you don't have children and won't have a child custody agreement or visitation issues to deal with, you may be able to make a fairly clean break from your former spouse.

Your divorce settlement is a contract that divides your assets and liability and apportions them between you and your former spouse. If, like many Missouri residents, you owned multiple vehicles, in the property division section of your divorce settlement, you probably assigned one vehicle to each party.

Dealing with relocations and a child custody order

9092700_S.jpgYou may have been married in St. Louis and lived your married life here. You may then have divorced at a court in St. Louis. With the great upheaval of your divorce, the separating of your household into two independent units, the interaction between you and your former spouse and operational details of the child custody or visitation schedule, you may find other challenges and changes.

You could be faced with the challenge of either needing to change jobs or of having a job change forced upon you. This would be difficult under any circumstances, but at this time in these circumstances, it can be almost too much.

Domestic violence and divorce

27923022_S.jpgThere are few issues more difficult than dealing with allegations of domestic violence during a divorce case. If there is violence going on in a marriage, the already difficult of emotional and psychological challenges of a divorce will be all the greater. If you are accused of domestic violence, preventing those issues from overwhelming the entire proceeding may be difficult.

Some this can be seen in the current divorce of Johnny Depp and Amber Heard. After a short marriage of little more than a year, a divorce was filed and a brief time later, allegations of domestic violence appeared.

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