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Helpful tips for going back to school after a divorce

When you start a new relationship, it can often drastically affect the planned trajectory of your life. Maybe you moved, made new friends and your education or job became less of a priority - especially if you started a family. Now that you’re no longer with your spouse, you may be wondering about missed opportunities that you now want to pursue.

After a divorce, it is common to think about how to build your future. This may include finishing a degree.

Co-parenting with an addict

Having a child is life-changing. When your child is born, you know that your life will never be the same again. When you became a parent you fully accepted that you would make sacrifices in order to provide your child the best life possible.

Many divorcing parents are able to put their child first and focus their priority on making sure the process has as little negative impact on the child as possible. Problems arise however when one or both parents are not able to prioritize their child due to addiction.

Your marriage will thank you for saying ‘thank you’

Teaching children to express gratitude is something that starts very early on. We live in a society where appreciation and kindness are often rewarded with positive social outcomes such as friendship or workplace promotions. If people are attuned to the benefits of gratitude in daily life, why is it that some couples struggle to show gratitude in their marriage? Unsprisingly, saying thank you in your marriage also carries rewards.

 

Will my divorce record be public?

There are few things in life as painful as a divorce. After going through an extended period of scrutiny at the hands of friends and family, you just want the process to end. In the U.S., however, our court proceedings are a matter of public record. Without good cause for your records to be suppressed, it’s likely that nothing stands between your nosy neighbor and your divorce records.

There are compelling instances, however, for a judge to grant a motion to seal your divorce records.

Pride Month: Navigating the many paths to parenthood

June is LGBT Pride Month: a time when we reflect and appreciate just how far we have come as a society and a time when we acknowledge and are thankful for the courage and bravery of those who came before us. Of course, we also recognize that there is much more work to be done to achieve equality. As the definition of family has broadened over the years, many LGBT couples are adding to their family. There are many ways that LBGT couples can add to their families. The most common options are surrogacy, donor-insemination and adoption.

Four tips for introducing your new partner to your children

When you became a parent, you made a commitment to always do best by your children. The relationship that created your children has ended, and you’re left wondering what your future holds. The only constant is that you still have that commitment to put your children first. Putting them first does not mean that you neglect your own happiness; in fact, if managed carefully, your children can benefit greatly by your happiness.

Most adults strive for an emotional connection with another adult and want to be in an intimate and romantic relationship. Having someone love you, and loving someone in return, is an incredible experience, and one that everyone should have the opportunity to pursue. But when you have children, a significant aspect of that new relationship's success is dependent on how careful you are about making that introduction of a new relationship to your children.

Don't forget to change your passwords after a break-up

After a separation, it is logical to think that you may need to change the locks on the house or change passwords to certain accounts. But with changing technology, there are additional considerations for couples after they separate.

There's an app for everything these days. Many people use app-based rides, apps for your home security, apps for TV shows and social media. With all the online tools we use to manage our lives, the importance of addressing these accounts post-break-up is critical. 

Social Security benefits and divorce

Did you know that you may be eligible to receive a portion of your spouse's Social Security retirement benefits after you divorce? Many people going through a divorce are not aware that this is something to consider and to address as part of the process. In fact, it can be a significant benefit that should be pursued. Social Security benefits are not dividable under Federal law, but are an economic circumstance to be considered in both the division of marital assets and cash flow after the divorce is completed.

If you were married for 10 years or longer, you may be entitled to receive Social Security benefits based on your spouse's work record and history if:

The growing trend of separate bank accounts

Millennials aim to be different than their predecessor generations in many ways. One of the most marked differences is the choices they make in relationships. It's no secret that many are putting off marriage or even long-term relationships entirely until much later in life. 

Many experts posit possible reasons for this change including that women no longer find it a financial necessity to get married as they once may have. And thanks to advances in medical technology, people are also able to put off having children until later. Some millennials state that they simply have more options and they do not see marriage as a path they desire. 

Forgiveness after divorce? It can be powerful.

The process of divorce is often painful. Spouses can say and do hurtful and mean things which leave a negative impact on the other spouse. This usually goes both ways. When faced with the end of a marriage, both people feel a significant personal loss and many lash out in reaction to his or her frustration and pain. In addition to the negative feelings spouses having about the process of divorce, the relationship probably ended due to behavior during the marriage that can lead to long-term lingering negativity about the other spouse. 

If you are holding on to this negativity from your divorce, it is possible that you need to consider forgiveness in order to move forward in a healthier, more positive direction. Forgiveness is about healing you more than anyone else.

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