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Understanding the pros and cons of joint legal custody

If you and your co-parent have joint physical and joint legal custody of your child, it means that you share both time with them and in making big decisions regarding their upbringing. This can have many positive benefits for the child, because it means that both of their parents are able to play an active role in their life. However, it can also mean that certain challenges arise out of conflicting opinions regarding how to raise your child.

How should I approach child custody issues?

Dividing up the family unit is undoubtedly one of the toughest aspects of divorce. No parent wants to have to tell their child that they will no longer live with both parents. The process of explaining divorce to your child will vary according to the child's age. Similarly, the way that you approach child custody should be in accordance with the child's age, too.

Keys to courteous, effective communication with your co-parent

Regular communication between co-parents is essential to their kids' well-being. That's particularly true when you share custody. It doesn't have to be face-to-face communication. In fact, if the two of you still have difficulty interacting, it may be best to keep the communication written. However, it's important that it be timely, accurate and complete.

What factors determine how much you owe in support?

If your divorce settlement is going to involve paying spousal and/or child support to your soon-to-be ex, it's generally best when the two of you can reach an agreement on the amount, with the help of your attorneys. Sometimes, however, couples can't agree on a fair amount of support and have to ask a judge to settle the matter.

Fighting for child custody when you have bipolar disorder

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.

Should you consider an 'alimony trust?'

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.

A benefit of divorce: one-on-one time with your children

If your spouse asks for a divorce, you may find yourself looking for the positives. It's all too easy to dwell on the negatives. However, you know that you can't stop the divorce from happening, so you need to see how it could actually be a benefit for you and your children.

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