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Thinking ahead with a prenuptial agreement may be beneficial

As someone recently engaged, you find yourself sometimes thinking ahead with excitement to the wedding day and life together as newlyweds. It's an exciting time, but you also need to think about other important things other than the flavor of the wedding cake and the type of flowers you may have. You may also want to consider your long-term financial interests. 

You may never imagine that your marriage could one day end in divorce, but the reality is that many Arizona marriages do. It's smart to think ahead, plan for this possibility and consider the benefits of a prenuptial agreement. This is a legal agreement that can protect your interests and shield your finances in the event of a divorce. With this type of agreement in place, you can look to the future with confidence.

It's time to talk about your holiday custody schedule

The holidays might feel as if they are still far away, but soon enough you and your family will be decorating and enjoying the last few months of the year. If you are divorced or are currently in the process, you need to address your holiday custody schedule before those big days roll around. Even if you have a current custody plan that addresses holidays, it is a good idea to discuss the plan again to make sure that everyone is on the same page.

If you are thinking of waiting to see how things play out before deciding where your child will spend certain holidays, you may end up dealing with a difficult situation. For example, what happens if you and your ex both decide that you would like to take your child to visit extended family members at the same time? If you have not already decided how to split custody over the holidays then this will probably lead to a serious conflict.

Before remarrying your ex, think about the future

Divorce is not an easy process, and yours may have been emotional and painful, especially if you still had feelings for your spouse when the court finalized your split. Whether you always hoped you would get back together or were surprised by the sudden reunion, remarriage is in your future. With your history, however, it may be smart to look realistically at your situation. Remarriages do not have good track records, and you already know what you are getting into.

This is not to discourage you from taking this important step to renew your relationship with your former spouse. However, it is wise to take a critical look at the situation and determine if there are ways you can be proactive about protecting your future.

Assessing the details in a high-asset divorce is wise

Going through divorce can have its challenges for any couple. However, some couples have financial details that could make their cases even more complicated. When there is a substantial amount of wealth and complex assets involved in the property division proceedings, it is not uncommon for divorces to see conflict.

You may wonder how your divorce case will turn out and undoubtedly want to reach the best outcomes possible. As a result, you may need to make a close assessment of the details involved in your case and determine where you could make the best arguments for the outcomes you desire.

Managing the roles of police officer and parent after divorce

Working in law enforcement takes a certain type of personality. You need to be authoritative, confident and professional. At the same time, you work under the constant stress of often seeing people at the worst moments of their lives while making sure that you make it home safely after the end of each shift.

Leaving all of this at work in order to go home and enter into the role of parent isn't always easy. During your marriage, you at least had the other parent in the house to help shield your children from your job. Now that you are divorcing, you will need to find a way to manage each side of your life in order to enjoy your time with your children. This is only one aspect of the transitions you will go through during the divorce, since creating a child custody plan that takes into account all of the unique aspects of your job presents a challenge.

Working to find hidden assets during a divorce

When you got married, you likely trusted your spouse to a fault. You may never have expected that he or she would lie to you or hide information from you, but over the years, you may have become more suspicious of his or her behavior. Unfortunately, the lies may have even led to your decision to end the marriage.

Because you no longer feel any trust for your future ex-spouse, you may worry that you will not get all of the information you need from him or her to conduct the legal proceedings properly, especially when it comes to property division. It is possible that your spouse may have hidden assets during the marriage, but fortunately, you can take steps to uncover any hidden accounts.

What happens during a collaborative divorce?

Divorce is a difficult process in which two parties must disentangle their finances, parenting responsibilities and other aspects of their lives. It's an emotional, complicated thing to walk through, and many couples may be looking for a way to minimize complications and stress. One way to do this is by choosing a collaborative divorce. 

There are many benefits to collaborating on a divorce. It can reduce stress and allow the couple to move through the entire process faster. While these may seem like positive things, you probably understand that this process simply doesn't work in every situation. Before you make any important decisions that will impact the course and direction of your life, you will find it beneficial to seek an assessment of the specific legal options available to you.

You don't have to be friendly with your ex to be a parent

Now that you are in the midst of a divorce, you may feel as though your children were the best thing to come out of your marriage. Perhaps you wouldn't have a problem never speaking to your future former spouse again, but you know that you will have to communicate somehow since you still have children to raise.

You may not have a high opinion of your soon-to-be ex, but you can't deny that he or she loves your children and wants to remain in their lives as much as possible after the divorce. You know that your children need both of you in their lives in order to thrive and get through this transition, but you have no illusions that co-parenting is out of the question, at least for the foreseeable future.

Does your high asset divorce have you feeling alone?

Because you have a considerable amount of wealth, you may have felt judged by other people who immediately thought you must have all the happiness you could want due to your financial fortune. Of course, you know differently, especially after enduring what became an unhappy marriage and a now pending divorce.

You, like many other Arizona residents going through this legal process, may feel a myriad of emotions. If you decided to end the relationship, you may feel relieved but possibly also guilty. If you did not make the decision, you may feel hurt, angry and uncertain about the future. Because others may see you as someone who "has it all," you may even feel like you have no one to turn to for emotional support.

Filing for divorce doesn't mean your parental rights are negated

It's no secret that divorce disrupts children's lives and often causes emotional challenges for them. However, deciding to sever your marital ties doesn't mean you disregard your children's best interests. In fact, like most good parents in Arizona, that is likely one of your highest priorities as you make plans to move on in life.

When there's a bit of bad blood between spouses as they part ways, things can get quite messy in court or even in the weeks and months that follow settlement. You might have to deal with some problematic issues with your ex from time to time. At no point, however, do you have to let him or her undermine your parental rights. If you suspect that he or she is trying to turn your kids against you, it's critical that you know how to protect your rights.

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