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Financial accounts pose a risk during divorce

Property division matters are often complex, especially when there are multiple assets to work through. Making sure that you have a settlement that is in your best interest is the top priority in these cases.

It is easy to become so focused on the house and the car since those are tangible, large assets. You can't neglect other assets that you might not think about a lot, including retirement accounts and investments. All of these must be handled during the property division process.

Make fun summer plans the first year after your divorce

The summer months are an excellent opportunity for you to make memories with your children. If this is the first summer since your divorce, you will likely find that the school break is much different from previous years. While you are making plans for these months, you have some special considerations to think about. We know this is a huge undertaking, but it will be well worth the effort.

One thing for which you should be prepared is needing to either either take off work or find child care for the times when your children are with you. Some parents who have recently divorced are able to finagle their work schedule so they can have this extra time with the children, but don't feel bad if you can't do this.

What changes will you make to your parenting style after divorce?

Every parent has a parenting style that they are comfortable with. When you are married, finding yours means having to take your wishes and your ex's wishes into account. This is understandable but when you are going through a divorce, you no longer have to worry about your ex's style.

There are several ways that your parenting style might change when you are a single parent. Thinking carefully about your home life might help you to come to a decision about the parenting strategy you use.

Find the positives about your divorce and focus on them

There are a lot of feelings that come along with a divorce. One of these is happiness, but there is also going to be some sadness. When you start to get upset or life seems overwhelming, take the time to be thankful for the positive aspects of the divorce.

It can sometimes be difficult to think about what positives have come out of the divorce. You will have to look at your own situation to find out what positives apply to your life. There are many different possibilities that might apply.

Your child's security might depend on child support payments

Child support payments are an important consideration when parents who have a shared child aren't in a relationship with each other any longer. These payments are made from one parent to the other; however, they are meant to support the children. The recipient parent is merely a vessel through which the money flows.

When you think about it, you can see why child support is so important. These children didn't ask to be born and they certainly didn't ask for their parents to split up. Their needs have to be made a primary consideration when they are in the middle of this situation. Child support orders help to hold both parents accountable for the cost of raising the children.

Serious consequences come with a refusal to pay child support

Paying child support that is ordered by the court isn't optional. If you are told to pay up, you must do this according to the order. If you don't, you will likely face some stiff penalties. Child support enforcement efforts are made in the best interests in the child because the child shouldn't have to go without necessities because a parent doesn't feel like paying child support.

In Florida, you can face penalties like being unable to get a passport or having lottery winnings over $600 intercepted. Your tax refunds can be intercepted and your bank accounts can be frozen. There is also a chance that the delinquency might be attached to your credit report. You might face liens being placed on your assets.

Credit reports can be impacted by divorces

Divorce can have an impact on your credit score, which can affect the way you live your life. There are many different things to think about when you are trying to make sure that you protect your credit.

One especially important thing to remember is that you can't rely on the court order to protect your credit. Because your divorce is a civil matter, it is only between you and your ex. The credit card companies aren't a party to this agreement so they don't have a legal obligation to comply with the terms. Instead, they can still demand payment from any party who is included on the account. So, what happens if your ex is spiteful and doesn't pay the bill on purpose? Your credit will have negative marks on it.

A positive outlook might help you during a divorce

Going into a divorce is a trying time, but you can still have a positive attitude. You might be surprised by how much having a positive attitude can help you as you go through this process. This is especially true if you have children because your children will take cues about how to handle the situation from you. If you have a good attitude about the situation, your children will likely feel more at ease.

It is sometimes difficult to do this, but just remember that now is a time of personal transformation. You don't have anyone holding you back now. You can set your plans according to what you want and what is best for you. This is a wonderful feeling, especially if you have been held down by your marriage.

Making your parenting style work for your child after divorce

Many different things that occur in a divorce can have a direct impact on the rest of your life. One area that you have to be very careful about what you do is with the children. You have to find the balance between consistency with your old parenting style and exercising your new solo parenting style.

Some people don't realize that their parenting style might change some after a divorce because of the fact that you aren't having to compromise with your ex on simple parenting decisions. If you realize that your parenting style is changing, you should evaluate why and determine how to make sure you are acting in your child's best interests.

Marital debts are split during the divorce

The debts that are incurred during your marriage must be split up during a divorce, just the same as the assets that you gained. All of this is done through the property division process. You should make sure that you think carefully about the settlement you agree to because it can seriously impact your future.

When you and your ex agreed to the debt, whether it is a credit card, a car payment or something else, you entered into a contract with the creditor. The creditor can hold you to that contract. It doesn't matter what is agreed to in the divorce. This is because your divorce is an agreement between you and your ex only. The creditor wasn't part of the civil proceeding.