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Insurance issues with divorce

40439546_S.jpgDivorce requires the examination of many things you may not really deal with much in your daily life. Insurance is one very important area that needs to be dealt with during your divorce. From life insurance to health insurance, you need to understand how your divorce will change how these policies work and the types of insurance policies you may need.

For instance, if you and your spouse are relatively young and healthy, you may not have life insurance or disability insurance. If you have children, life insurance is generally a good idea, to protect your children should one of you die suddenly in an accident or of an illness.

"I had no good reason"

44249634_S.jpgA woman writes of the time her former husband asked for 50/50 or shared custody of their children, she wanted to refuse him. She had received primary physical custody after their divorce. The girls were two and five, and he was not in a good place to care for them. But after the woman's father developed cancer, she needs the girl's father to help out getting the girls ready for daycare.

Originally, he only had visitation for a few hours every weekend with no overnights. Then, after months of helping out mornings, the girls would spend a full day with their dad on the weekends. He even had dinner with them at the woman's home. He would watch the girls some evenings when she ran errands.

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.

With that, we offer a number of tips to help you avoid protracted litigation or mistakes that could cost you more money. 

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.

Because it means when the child's other parent does something that irritates you or frustrates you, you say nothing. When they are late in exchanging your child, either on the pickup or drop-off, you give them the benefit of the doubt. You do not begin a sarcastic interrogation or use the incident as grounds to begin a detailed character assassination.

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.

The divorce process is itself a great unknown, and until you have to experience it for yourself, you never really know what to expect. How long will it take, how expensive will it be, how much is your home worth, what will your parenting plan look like and more, are all questions that arise. The technical details can be complex, which is why most people rely on a divorce attorney to help them with the process.

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.

Lawyers were apparently called in and divorce proceeding commenced. Now, this may seem amusing, and it seems the couple may not have been well-suited for each other if this type of dispute arose on their wedding night, but these type of issues can destroy a relationship and a marriage.

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.

One of the most tumultuous may be when you tell your child or children of your decision. How you explain to a toddler will be very different from what you tell a teenager. Nevertheless, it is important to be honest. Your children observe you very closely every day and they will know if you are not being honest.

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. 

In reality, there probably never was a "golden age," when divorces were always better. They may have been different, and some aspects of "fault" divorce may have seemed better when viewed through the perspective of the current day, but others were certainly far worse.

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