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Changing passwords is important during divorce

It’s long been a recommended practice to change the locks on the doors of the family house during divorce. This is particularly applicable when the split was not an amicable one. Now in the modern era where digital privacy is an issue, it’s recommended that families that may have previously shared email passwords, passwords for bank accounts, passwords for phone bills or other online accounts need to change those passwords.

It’s a fact that an angry or malicious ex may be able to either quietly stalk your activities, cause serious problems by accessing banking records, or embarrassing you while using you’re a social media account.

Judge criticized for creating parental alienation

The state appeals court in Pennsylvania has criticized a family court judge for keeping a child in foster care after it received no explanation from the parents for the child’s broken ribs. According to an article in ABA Journal, the judge took unusual steps in a case where an infant had two broken bones. A subsequent ruling in the state’s appeals court said that the trial judge created a situation where there was “judicially created parental alienation.”

Judge makes matters worse

How to start your prenup conversation

You know that you want a prenuptial agreement. You've known it for years, since before you even met your significant other. It just seems smart to you. It protects you financially in a divorce. You have seen the divorce statistics, so you know it's a real concern.

The problem is that you are not sure how to get that conversation going. Is your significant other going to be furious when you bring it up? Will he or she assume the marriage is bound to fail if you're already worrying about it before the wedding?

Five ways to ease kids' transition in divorce

The process of going through divorce is one of the most challenging experiences that many couples face. Yet while spouses need to pick up the pieces of their lives, figure out their new financial reality and still be a good parent, the impact divorce has upon children is also life-changing.

Nearly every parent states that their children are the priority when the spouses separate. But a parent is going through a lot of change in their life and may temporarily lose sight of their priorities. A recent article by noted California-based clinical psychologist Joan B. Kelly, Ph.D., is an excellent reminder to separated parents of how they can make the transition go more smoothly for the children, particularly if there are indications that the situation may escalate before it is finished.

Financially prepare for divorce as you get ready to file

You want to divorce your spouse. There's no longer room for discussion or compromise. The marriage is over. Perhaps your spouse was unfaithful or subjected you to physical and emotional abuse. Regardless of the reason, you know it's done.

Your instinct is probably to file for divorce as soon as possible. While acting quickly is important in many situations -- especially if abuse has occurred, meaning you need to put your safety first -- it is often wise to slow down and really plan for the future.

Parents who owe back child support may be denied passports

Summer is coming up—it’s the perfect time for a vacation. But you might have to keep your travels local if you owe back child support. This is because parents who have a certain amount of unpaid child support may be denied a passport by the United States government.

Child support and passport eligibility

Will my child custody decision be affected by infidelity?

Most divorces are not pleasant. They involve breaking up with the partner to whom you thought you would be married for the rest of your life. At best, divorces can be amicable; at worst, extremely contentious. Divorce becomes even more complicated when it also involves a child custody battle and accusations of infidelity.

You have probably been thinking about the effect that infidelity had on your marriage. You have also no doubt been thinking about your child’s future custody arrangement. And you have probably been wondering whether infidelity will affect the court's custody decision.

What should divorcing spouses know before they file?

We have to make tough decisions in life in order to better our situations and be happier and healthier in the long run. The decision to pull the trigger on a marriage is one of the tougher decisions most people will have to make. It's not easy, but if you're in a toxic, loveless marriage, it's important you get out of it as soon as possible.

Deciding to get divorced, however, probably isn't the hardest part. It's the process of untangling your life from your spouse's, and the adjustment period of becoming single again, that really weighs heaviest. To help you through this period, the following information may help:

Nesting: A new arrangement for divorce and custody?

Every couple that is divorcing faces the quandary of where to live next. Some couples decide to sell their marital home and split the proceeds. Sometimes one spouse will buy out the other’s share in the home. Living arrangements become even more complicated when there are children involved. Every custody arrangement must address the children’s living situation. Children need stability to thrive, and that can be hard to attain in a divorce.

To solve the dilemma of where to live post-divorce, some couples are turning to a new trend: Nesting.

Pets are an important factor in divorce settlements

There are several important assets to deal with after a divorce: The house, the car, furniture and other pieces of property. Usually, a couple will divide this property by work privately with an attorney or going to trial to receive a divorce decree. Recently, one other important asset has been popping up in property division cases—the family pet.

Pet custody disputes are becoming increasingly common in divorce. Pets are not exactly considered property, but they are also not considered children. This has made for some new—and complicated—legal issues.

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