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What will a divorce do to your business?

27295163_S.jpgDivorce can bring many unexpected changes in your life. If you and your spouse have children, the change to your life while working through the parenting plan will likely be profound. The handoffs of your children every week, not having your kids on birthday's or holidays, the cost of child support and the expense of a new home or apartment will all mean next year will feel very different from last year.

It will work other significant changes, especially if you own and operate a business with your spouse. The process of disentangling a business interest may be relatively straightforward or terribly complex.

Timing is everything

8358743_S.jpgSometimes, with a divorce, the timing may be unexpected. You may have been married 20 or 30 years, raised your children and be looking forward to your retirement when suddenly your spouse decides "it's over."

Now, divorce is likely to be upsetting and an emotional rollercoaster at any age, but if you are 50 or older, it can cause additional problems with your retirement. All of that planning will now have to be redone and reset.

You never know

26961386_S.jpgMany men tell stories of their struggles with divorce. Once the papers are filed, they find themselves embroiled in a world they hardly recognize. Their spouse makes wild assertions or makes unrealistic demands.

They want full custody of the children, they want to limit the time a father gets to spend with their children. They make outlandish requests for spousal or child support. In response, you want to get angry and make similar demands that are equally ridiculous.

How much will a divorce cost? Pt.3

46326259_S.jpgUnderstanding your expenses after a divorce allows you to look at the property division portion of your divorce settlement in a meaningful way. You may think that receiving the family home is a victory, but understanding the process that you will need to go through in order to pay off the mortgage and refinance while buying out your spouse's share could change your mind.

You also need to keep in mind the cost of property tax, insurance and maintenance for the future. Staying in the home may not be a wise idea if it means you could run short on grocery money by the end of the month.

How much will a divorce cost? Pt.2

36333071_S.jpgThe world of your finances after your divorce may seem hidden. You may think that there are too many unknowns to deal with and that you will just have to wait until your divorce is final before you can get your arms around the actual numbers.

But as tedious and difficult as it is, you need to work through the research and complete the work. Your settlement may be inaccurate if you do not know what your home is really worth or what share of your spouse's retirement accounts or pensions may be yours.

How petty fights with a co-parent may hurt you

29272423_S.jpgParenting isn't easy to begin with; it is much more difficult with a parent who is out to undermine you at every opportunity. This is what most parents who are in the midst of a divorce or custody battle feel like. To address this issue, it is common for one parent to try to cut the other out of major decisions or to limit parenting time because of how combative the other parent can be over the simplest of decisions.

While it may feel as if this is the only way to deal with a difficult parent, it may not be the best thing to do in the eyes of a family court judge.  This post will briefly explain why. 

How much will a divorce cost?

9171753_S.jpgNo, this is not a metaphysical question of the psychological costs of a divorce. That question is always difficult, but its answer is inherently intangible and you are the only one who can truthfully provide an answer.

But the question of how much your divorce will cost is not asking what your attorney will charge or how much your court filing costs will be. No, if you are thinking about divorce or are convinced that divorce is your only option, you owe it to yourself to figure out how much it will cost in terms of what your finances will look like after the divorce is complete.

Could your child be adopted without your consent?

969262_S.jpgIn Missouri, it could happen. It has happened. A man is dealing with just that circumstance after he found out that his daughter, who is only three-years-old, was adopted by the girl's maternal great-grandparents. In most cases, a father would have a right to object to such a transaction, but because he lacked legal documentation of his paternity, it was possible for the mother to set up the adoption without his knowledge or consent.

Fathers who are not married to the mothers of their children, and who wish to be involved in their children's lives, should enter their names on Missouri's Putative Fathers Registry.

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