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Coral Springs Divorce Law Blog

Now is the time to make spring break plans

Even though spring break isn't here yet, now is the time that you need to start thinking about plans if you're going to travel. For divorced parents, there is a layer of planning that must go on that's not present when both parents still reside in the same home. This is because you'll have to let your ex know about your plans and ensure that they work with the parenting time schedule.

If you have a good parenting relationship with your ex, you might be able to negotiate the dates of the vacation or even some of the terms. Just make sure that you provide the proper notifications to your ex, so they know what to expect. This is especially important if you're planning on taking the children on a vacation that's out of the area, and you have a child custody order that limits where you can travel.

Property division is a priority in grey divorce

Divorcing when you have decades of marriage under your belt is a challenge. Not only do you have to go through the division of all the assets you've amassed during the marriage but you also have to deal with the emotional facts of walking away after all that time.

A person who's over 50 years old doesn't have as much time to recover money and financial security as someone who's much younger. This makes the property division process even more important in these grey divorces because you need to have the best financial situation as you can.

Helping toddlers adjust to their parents' divorce

Parents of toddlers often try to keep things consistent because children this age need stability in order to function. If you learn that you're going to be divorcing and have children who are toddlers or younger at home, things are going to be rather challenging. It is up to you and your ex to try to provide them with a new normal way of life quickly so they can thrive.

Children in this age group often feed off their parents' emotions. Be careful with the way that you respond to stress and contentious matters. While you might not be able to do away with all these emotions, you can let them see you find appropriate ways to work through them.

Look past marital faults for child custody purposes

Going through a divorce with children is hard. You and your ex are going to have to figure out how to build a parenting relationship with each other so that the children can have a solid foundation. While this might sound like it's going to be simple, it often isn't.

One thing that often makes the situation much more difficult is that you have anger and possibly pain that you have to deal with. Trying to separate the romantic relationship of the marriage and the parenting relationship is often complex.

Fair market value of real estate matters in divorce

One of the challenges of going through a divorce is dividing the property. If you have real estate, you need to know a few basic points so that you can be sure you're doing what's best for your needs. One thing that you need to realize is that there are many numbers that apply to real estate.

Two numbers, the fair market value and the assessed value, are primary factors in the property division process. When you are trying to determine whether to sell the home or have one spouse buy the other out, the fair market value is what you need to know.

Help your children adjust to transition days and 2 homes

Children who have divorced parents have to learn how to live between two homes. This is a challenge that most adults wouldn't be able to meet easily. As the child's parent, it is up to you to try to find ways to help them learn how to make the circumstances work.

One situation that's difficult for them to deal with is transition days. Some children dread these days because they worry that their parents will have an argument during this time. They might not realize that it is possible for parents to be on the same side and work as a parenting team.

How January turns into 'divorce month' every year

It's no accident that January has become widely known as "divorce month" in legal circles everywhere. Every year, a large number of couples decide to call quits on their marriage as soon as New Year's Day is over. In fact, Google indicates that "divorce" peaks as a search term somewhere between Jan. 6 and Jan. 12 -- most likely as soon as a lot of couples manage to pull down their Christmas decorations.

Why the sudden rush? Honestly, there's usually nothing "sudden" about it. Many couples drift along in stable-but-unhappy relationships until the stress and "family-togetherness" of the holidays drive all of their conflicts to the surface. By January, they've had enough.

High-conflict divorce damages the children involved

One factor that's important when you're working out child custody terms is the child's best interests. This can be challenging to determine because it varies from one case to another, but you have to think about what your children need when you negotiate the terms.

When you determine that you're divorcing, you have to start to think about the kids immediately. Having to go through a high-conflict divorce can be emotionally damaging to the children. They don't need to see their parents constantly fighting.

You might need a financial expert on your divorce team

When you are going through a high-asset divorce, one of the primary concerns you have is making sure that you protect your finances. There are several things that can impact your financial future after a divorce, but they aren't always easy to spot when you are dealing with the stress of the split. One mistake that some people make is failing to hire a financial planner to help them understand how various decisions will impact their future.

Some divorcing couples choose to use one financial expert for the divorce. While this might save money in the short-term, it doesn't offer protections for you in the long-term. There are several things that can go wrong when you and your ex try to use the same person. One of these is that there will be miscommunication because the expert might assume that both sides have the same information when they really don't.

Help your kids cope with life after your divorce

One duty that parents have during a divorce is ensuring that the children have appropriate care. Protecting your children is something that comes naturally to parents, but making this happen during a divorce can be challenging since two adults have to agree on what happens next. Taking the time to evaluate the situation can benefit your children since you can help them to adjust better once you know what problems exist.

Looking at the signs that your child is showing can help you to figure out what's going on inside them. Some children exhibit signs of stress. This can include misbehaving at home or school. You might be able to catch this behavior if you tell the teachers and administrators at school, since they can watch what your children are doing and might be able to provide some insight into what's happening. They might also be able help the children better process what's going on.