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How mental health issues impact custody

It is a given these days that parents are going to have joint custody. Family experts believe it is in the best interests of the children to have both parents active in their lives, but in honor of May being Mental Health Month, we thought it would be helpful to discuss how this illness can affect child custody.

Steps to an amicable divorce

Regardless of whether you saw it coming or were completely blindsided, its is now a fact and your divorce is happening. Spouses will now make a series of decisions that likely have repercussions upon the rest of your life as well as those of your children. The impact will likely even go outside the family to extended family, social circles and your community.

Using expert witnesses during divorce

Expert witnesses are often seen on television court dramas involving criminal cases, but these experts may also be called upon in civil cases like divorce. In family law, they are used to provide insight when the two sides have different views on the value of marital assets, the parenting plan or even the fitness of a parent to raise a family.

Divorce in the digital era

Social media is an important format for interacting with friends, family and others. There are many pluses and minuses to this new reality, and regardless of how one feels about it, one’s digital footprint is an increasingly important part of the information gathering process that happens when one files for divorce. What was once harmless sharing of sporting triumphs, family trips, and important milestones posted on Facebook or Instagram are now analyzed by the opposing party and the court.

World’s richest man did not have a prenup

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is and wife MacKenzie Bezos news when they announced that they are filing for divorce after 25 years of marriage. The two did this where they live in Washington State, which is a community property state where couples split marital assets in half. Having started Amazon after the marriage, this means that MacKenzie Bezos stands to get half of the couple’s estimated wealth of $137.1 billion dollars.

Does your spouse have a Borderline Personality Disorder?

Mental health issues are often difficult to pinpoint, particularly if you are not an expert. Nevertheless, these disorders can lead to a lot of pain, frustration and confusion for those who live, work or interact with the person. Mental health experts believe that issues like Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) are characterized through different patterns of behavior or trends, which can show in every aspect of an individual's life.

Spying on spouse is never a good idea

Technology enables us to do many things more easily and faster. This includes spying on a spouse. Home security systems and the technology in smart houses make it easy enough to monitor the activities in a home from anywhere online. A husband who bought a car can easily set of the GPS so that he can see where and when the car travels, which does not change when divorce proceedings begin. A wife can simply put an inexpensive GPS tracker in the soon to be ex's car. Simple things like the Find My iPhone app or knowing a spouse's computer passwords can make it all too easy to check on someone.

Millennials learning from parents

There has been a lot of discussion of the rise of “grey divorces.” However, while the rates of divorce for 55-and-up couples are at historic highs, something different is happening with the children. Millennials under 45-years-old are divorcing at a much lower rate than baby boomers born before 1965.  

Spotting a narcissist

Sometimes our willingness to see the best in others leads to disappointment down the line. It may be due to a behavior your partner does not even realize they exhibit; but nonetheless, it may be increasingly difficult to embrace or tolerate the behavior as the conflict escalates and slights mount during the marriage or relationship.

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