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Don't hide or minimize challenges of family law matters

14491743_S.jpgGoing through a divorce or any dispute involving family legal matters can be intensely personal. People who are dealing with these situations often keep a lot of details private and don't want to talk about certain problems because they may feel embarrassed, confused, guilty or like they have somehow failed.

Divorce can be a valuable tool for learning and personal growth

10412962_S.jpgAlthough divorce is difficult for everyone involved, we each have a choice about how we react to that difficulty. It is easy (and sometimes tempting) to become bitter and jaded after spending years in a bad marriage and then experiencing the pain of divorce. But like many of life's trials and tribulations, divorce can actually change us for the better.

Until debt do us part: Division of marital debt during divorce

6786737_S.jpgIf you're like most Americans, you have debt. Whether there are balances on your credit cards or student/home/auto loans, you likely owe money to some institution. This isn't necessarily a bad thing. America seems to run on credit, which means debt is the norm.

Literal approach to asset division goes viral in YouTube video

11537657_S.jpgEarlier this week, we wrote about the fact that "fair" can be hard to define in a divorce settlement. Because Missouri is an equitable distribution state, many people think this means that assets will be divided in a 50-50 split, or as close to that as possible. But equitable does not necessarily mean perfectly equal.

What exactly does 'fair' mean when it comes to divorce?

20142112_S.jpgFrom the time that we are young children, most of us are concerned with fairness. Kids are quick to point out when they are not being treated fairly or equally compared to a sibling or friend. In many cases, this need to call out unfairness doesn't go away as we get older (but many of us might be less likely to complain if an unfair situation benefits us).

What factors do courts consider in property division?

29307830_S.jpgDifferent states have different approaches when it comes to splitting up property in divorce. As some readers may know, it is standard classify states as using either a community property approach or an equitable division approach. Community property as an approach to property division generally involves dividing marital property equally, though the exact rules vary.

Protecting the whole family's privacy rights during divorce

Thumbnail image for 37367850_S (1).jpgEarlier this week, we wrote about social media, wireless technology and the way that these phenomena are shaping aspects of family law. During a difficult divorce or child custody dispute, most people want to maintain a sense of privacy, and evidence taken from one's smartphone or Facebook account can feel like a serious violation of that privacy.

Smartphones and apps providing more evidence in family law cases

20602655_S.jpgThe landscape of family law has changed significantly over the years, especially in the past decade. We have previously noted that social media sites like Facebook are increasingly being used as sources of evidence in divorce and child custody disputes, which is one of the many reasons why it's important to be careful about what you put online.

Contrasting opinions on how to discuss divorce with kids

38883718_S.jpgEarlier this month, we wrote a two-part post about how to discuss divorce with your children. No matter what their age, it is not easy for kids to hear that their parents are getting a divorce. And it is even scarier if they have no idea how the divorce will impact their daily lives.

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