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Yes, you can have a simple divorce

We've all heard the horror stories of devastating divorces, or possibly witnessed our own family and friends go through them. However, the truth of the matter is that divorce does not have to be mean or messy, or even particularly time-consuming.

If you and your spouse are both committed to pursuing an amicable divorce, the good news is that you can have it. Most of the reasons that divorce gets messy stem from spouses' unwillingness to remain calm and reasonable about the process, or allowing the emotional weight of the situation to overwhelm their interactions.

Divorce mediation ensures military divorce stays fair

When one or both spouses in a divorce also serve in the military, the situation can go from complicated to adversarial quickly. Furthermore, the time commitment innately involved in serving our country make it all the more difficult to properly participate in the process, leaving one or both sides feeling unable to communicate what they need or deserve.

In addition to the strains that civilians experience in a divorce, military life can leave very little time to negotiate a fair settlement that recognizes both parties' rights.

What should a military member think about for child custody?

Parents who are serving in the military are in a tough spot. They have the duties to their country that they have to meet, but they also have the responsibilities of a parent.

When a parent is on active duty and the child's other parent decides that the relationship is over, the service member might have a moment of shock. If you are in this position, you will soon realize that you need to take action to protect your relationship with your child.

Timely child support payments can help your custody case

Divorce can be a complicated, emotional time. If your former spouse filed for divorce without your foreknowledge, it could have been quite a shock. One day, you're at home with your family. The next, your family or you are moving out, and you can only see your children on alternating weekends and one night a week.

On top of that, you're expected to pay child support. Everything happens very quickly, and it can leave non-custodial parents feeling frustrated. Working with an experienced divorce attorney to gain custody of your kids is your best option if you want to have or full custody.

Is divorce mediation less expensive than traditional divorce?

Divorce mediation entices couples for different reasons. Perhaps you've heard that it is an approach to divorce that spares children much of the pain of the process. Maybe you simply want to approach the process fairly and amicably without opposing attorneys pitting you and your spouse against each other.

One of the most common draws of divorce mediation is the general perception that divorce mediation can be much less expensive than a traditionally litigated divorce. If you and your spouse wish to have an inexpensive divorce, divorce mediation can be a good tool to this end.

Does divorce mediation benefit my children?

While some couples fight with each other in a protracted divorce battle, for some couples, preserving their family as much as possible is the greatest priority. If you are facing a divorce but want to make sure that the process does as little damage to your children as possible, the good news is that you have options.

Divorce is often seen as a personal disaster, an earthquake that levels everything for miles around. While there are certainly many painful and destructive divorces, the truth of the matter is that yours does not have to be one of them. Your divorce can be a professional, calm process - if you are willing to make it one.

Three tips for making a good impression on a parenting evaluator

Parenting evaluators are important figures when it comes to custody and visitation matters. The family law courts often follow their recommendations. Because of this, many parents worry about making a good impression on the parenting evaluators.

However, these three easy tips can help you put your best foot forward:


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