Significant advances have been made in the diagnosis and treatment of bipolar disorder in recent years. The stigma once associated with it has been minimized thanks to a number of famous people who have been open about their struggles with the condition. Ads for medication to treat bipolar disorder regularly pop up on TV now.
With the recent changes in the tax code that eliminated the deduction for alimony, divorcing spouses in higher tax brackets who would have been able to offset the financial pain of large alimony payments with a nice tax break no longer have that to cushion the blow. Many are looking for other ways to take the sting out of alimony.
If you already have a will in place, congratulations! You're a step ahead of many Americans who never get around to writing one and leave their loved ones to deal with the courts as they settle their estate. However, it's essential to review your will and other estate planning documents on a regular basis -- at least annually -- to determine whether any changes are warranted.
It's important for divorcing parents to include a summer parenting schedule in their custody and visitation agreement. This can save everyone uncertainty, confusion and conflict when school is out for the year.