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Are you hoping to make divorce decisions outside the courtroom?

You may have never anticipated getting a divorce. Few people go into a marriage thinking that they will one day end the relationship, but years down the road, many people in Maryland and across the country find that ending the marriage is the right choice for them. If you currently face this scenario, you may worry that you have a difficult time ahead of you.

Fortunately, your divorce case does not have to be filled with disputes and conflict. If you and your soon-to-be ex-spouse agree that ending the marriage is best for the two of you, it is possible to have a relatively amicable divorce. You may even be able to make certain decisions outside of the courtroom.

Study examines divorced women's financial confidence

Though divorce is difficult for anyone, women often report a significant, negative change in their finances due to the breakup of their marriage. Women are more likely to bear the bulk of responsibility for child-rearing, which may mean that their careers take a backseat in comparison to their husbands', if they decide to work outside the home at all. Often, they are not in charge of household finances during their marriages and may feel insecure about them once they divorce.

If you are in this situation here in Maryland, know that you are not alone. However, one study reports some good news. The number of divorced women who say that they feel confident in regards to their finances is going up. Since divorce can affect not just the family unit, but also every financial aspect, including health care, taxes and retirement, this information shows that divorce doesn't have to be a financial detriment to women.

Making informed decisions about your future during a divorce

If you and your spouse decide to take separate paths in life, you could be wondering about how the outcome of your divorce will affect your future. With aspects to address such as the division of assets, you may consider it vital to begin taking steps to become better prepared for what comes next.

Knowing every potential issue to address can be a daunting task, especially during what will likely be a stressful and emotional process. However, there may be certain steps you can take to reduce the amount of stress you encounter and help you form a strategy to safeguard your future.

How important is co-parenting for child custody?

Maryland parents generally take their children's well-being into account when making serious life decisions. Whether deciding to take a new job in a different state or considering divorce, like other parents, you just want what is best for your kids. What about when it comes to difficult issues, such as co-parenting after a divorce?

As divorced parents increasingly turn towards shared custody arrangements, many also struggle with the concept of co-parenting. You might be among those who are trying to find a positive parenting relationship with an ex-spouse. This is often easier said than done, though, and you might feel worried that a negative co-parenting relationship will negatively affect your children's well-being.

Deciding whether to "break the mood" by asking for a prenup?

Many people still consider prenuptial agreements as unromantic and "jinxing" the marriage. In reality, these agreements can make marriages stronger. Negotiating and drafting a prenup forces couples to discuss their individual financial circumstances and beliefs.

Asking for a prenup provides you and your intended partner with a good time to have a frank and honest conversation about a topic that makes most people uncomfortable -- money. It also causes a great deal of tension in a marriage and can lead to divorce. Some may say that asking for a prenup could give you a better chance at a successful marriage, which would be quite romantic.

Parenting plans may make child custody easier to address in Texas

You can't wait to walk down the aisle and marry your future spouse. However, the reality is that not all marriages last, no matter how hard two spouses try to make theirs work.

In the event you get a divorce a few years or even a few decades down the road, how can you protect yourself financially? Developing a prenuptial agreement is one of the best ways to safeguard your assets during divorce in Texas.

When you need to change your child support order

When the court issued your final divorce decree, which included terms for child custody and instructions for you to pay child support, you felt relatively at peace and ready to move on in life. Since everything was in writing, it wasn't all that complicated. You simply had to make the appropriate payments at the appropriate times through agreed-upon means.  

Your visitation schedule may also have satisfied you, and, in your opinion, was as good as it could be barring the fact that you would no longer be living full time with your kids. If you are one of many parents in Maryland who has recently faced an unexpected situation that caused financial upheaval in your life, you may be wondering whether it's possible to change your child support agreement. It may be, depending on several factors. However, never stop or adjust payments without court permission.  

You don't have to stay neutral regarding neutral drop off locale

Just because you decided to divorce does not mean you are abdicating your rights as a parent. Like most good parents in Maryland, your children's best interests are no doubt your highest priority as you prepare to negotiate a divorce settlement and parenting plan. There is no reason you have to sit back and let chips fall where they may regarding your custody and visitation schedule. You have a voice and may use it to protect your rights and what you believe is best for your kids.

If you believe it's best to designate a neutral drop off location as the meeting place when your children transfer to the other parent's home, you can submit this request to the court. You don't have to cave in to pressure from your former spouse to drive the kids to a particular house or a random convenience store or parking lot. Understanding your rights and knowing what type of support is available to help you achieve your parenting plan goals ahead of time may help you avoid major problems down the line.

Do you know how to keep your kids' best interests in mind?

Parenting can often have its ups and downs. Sometimes, you may find yourself completely at a loss when it comes to knowing whether you have made the right decisions for your children, or what could most benefit them. Many Maryland parents and those across the country experience these feelings, so you do not have to feel alone in that respect. However, now that your marriage is ending, you may wonder how that lack of confidence could impact custody outcomes.

When it comes to child custody decisions, you may know that the best interests of your children remain the top priority. Of course, you may find yourself wondering what circumstances could suit those interests or what those best interests might even be. Before you begin to panic and feel overwhelmed, you may wish to learn about what the court takes into consideration and how you can use that information to prepare.

High conflict marrage? Divorce isn't a failure, it's a solution

Divorce tends to be a stressful time, no matter who is involved. Parents who are considering divorce, though, usually face an additional set of challenges. There's the specific concerns about child custody and child support, visitation and parenting time, but beneath it all, a common worry all divorcing Maryland parents tend to share is how their divorce may affect their children, both in the short term and the long run.

You may already know to expect some behavioral changes and difficulties immediately following your divorce. You may also be aware of the benefits of therapy and are already planning on family and individual counseling. Still, you may share the same fear of many others that stems from a commonly held belief that children of divorce are more likely to eventually go through a divorce themselves. Fear not; recent studies suggest your divorce may be emotionally beneficial for both you and your children.

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