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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

14 QUESTIONS MY SON ASKED ABOUT MY DIVORCE AND WHAT I ANSWERED

I spent 16 years married to the man I once believed was the love of my life and my soulmate. We met as teenagers, and were a couple for more than 24 years when we separated. Together we brought three beautiful children into this world, so I will never regret the time we spent married. Not for a moment.
With that said, coming to terms with how a relationship of such epic proportion could so quickly and callously come to an end has been nothing short of emotionally grueling. Worse, I remained powerless as my three children suffered alongside of me, trying to reconcile their own feelings about why their parents were splitting. Like any mother, I wanted nothing more than to kiss each of my children on the forehead and make all of their pain go away.
To continue viewing this article by Stacey Freeman, J.D., please click:
http://divorcedmoms.com/blogs/middleagedman-ia/14-questions-my-son-asked-about-my-divorce-and-what-i-answered

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Thursday, October 1, 2015

TIPS FOR DIVORCING PARENTS

What's the best way to help your family get through a divorce? Every situation — and every family — is different. But some stress reducing guidelines might make the adjustment a bit easier.

These suggestions can make the process less painful for kids, teens, and families. Parents will need to interpret them in their own ways; honesty, sensitivity, self-control, and time itself will help the healing process. Be patient — not everyone's timetable is the same.

To continue viewing this article from Kid's Health please click:
http://kidshealth.org/parent/emotions/feelings/divorce.html?tracking=P_RelatedArticle#

For more information, contact the Family Law Offices of Renee M. Marcelle at (415) 456-4444, or online at http://www.familylawmarin.com/

HELPING YOUR CHILD THROUGH A DIVORCE

Thousands of kids experience the stress of divorce each year. How they react depends on their age, personality, and the circumstances of the separation and divorce process.

Every divorce will affect the kids involved — and many times the initial reaction is one of shock, sadness, frustration, anger, or worry. But kids also can come out of it better able to cope with stress, and many become more flexible, tolerant young adults.

To continue viewing this article from Kid's Health please click:
http://kidshealth.org/parent/positive/talk/help_child_divorce.html

For more information, contact the Family Law Offices of Renee M. Marcelle at (415) 456-4444, or online at http://www.familylawmarin.com/

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

SHOULD I CREATE A CALIFORNIA PRENUPTIAL AGREEMENT?

Don't prenups indicate a lack of trust?  Even though one in ten couples enter into some kind of prenuptial or premarital agreement (“prenups”), many fiancĂ©s remain reluctant to consider a prenup because they believe it seems unromantic and indicates a lack of trust. There are several reasons why this reluctance is misplaced.
You can gain control over your future financial situation.  If you don’t sign a prenup, your marriage will be governed by a complex set of laws. In California, these laws are the California Family Code and Probate Code. The choice is between a set of rules negotiated by you and your fiancĂ©, or those imposed by the State, over which you will have no control. And remember, prenups can be drafted to protect both spouses, not just a wealthy spouse.
To continue viewing this article by Susan Bishop please click below:
http://www.divorcenet.com/states/california/california_prenuptial_agreements
For more information, contact the Family Law Offices of Renee M. Marcelle at (415) 456-4444, or online at http://www.familylawmarin.com/

NBA STAR DWAYNE WADE ON BEING A SINGLE DAD

I'm on the road a lot during the NBA season. Needless to say, I miss my sons, Zaire, who's 10, and Zion, 5, so much when I'm gone. As a single dad with sole custody of my children, keeping the lines of communication open while I'm traveling is the top priority. Zaire has a BlackBerry, and he loves to text and use instant messaging. Some days, we exchange up to 50 messages between us. Zion keeps asking if he can have his own phone, but I told him he has to wait until he's at least 7. For now, phone calls and Skype will have to do.
When I'm away, we always set aside a specific time to talk every day, no matter what. When I was in China, we still had our daily phone call. I always ask how their day was. Even though I'm not there, I still want to share in the experience of being home: something new they learned in school that day, or an accomplishment they made on the basketball court. It comes down to two words: attention and affection. You never want your children to have to look outside of their parents for those two things.
To continue viewing this article by Dwayne, please click below:
http://www.parenting.com/article/dwayne-wade-single-dad
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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

WHY ENGAGED COUPLES SHOULD SIGN A PRE-NUP

Although prenuptial agreements are often associated with celebrity couples -- and their headline-generating divorces -- they're not just for boldface names.
Any couple who brings personal or business assets to the marriage can benefit from a prenup. The most basic of these contracts lists an inventory of premarital assets that in the event of a divorce will remain the property of their original owner.
To continue viewing this article by Robert DiGiacomo please click below:
http://www.bankrate.com/finance/personal-finance/engaged-couples-sign-prenup-1.aspx
For more information, contact the Family Law Offices of Renee M. Marcelle at (415) 456-4444, or online at http://www.familylawmarin.com/

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

THE MOST IMPORTANT THING ABOUT DATING AS A SINGLE PARENT

When it comes to dating as a single parent, there is one single most important thing to consider, above everything else:
Would you allow your potential partner to date your child? Or in other words, is your potential partner good enough for your kids?Time and time again, I see women and men dating people who don't exactly cut it: The man whose girlfriend treats him like a bank account and handyman; The woman whose boyfriend treats her like a "sidepiece" and inconvenience.
To continue viewing this column by Laura Lifshitz please click below:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/laura-lifshitz/the-most-important-thing-_4_b_7989072.html?utm_hp_ref=divorce&ir=Divorce
For more information, contact the Family Law Offices of Renee M. Marcelle at (415) 456-4444, or online at http://www.familylawmarin.com/

10 LESSONS MY DIVORCE TAUGHT ME ABOUT LASTING LOVE

I've learned a lot of lessons over the last 20 years since my divorce. It dawned on me recently that even though I didn't have a divorce party (just wasn't in the mood) it doesn't mean that I can't mark the 20th anniversary of my divorce in some way.  So here it goes, my list of the 10 most important lessons I've learned in the last two decades:
1. Your partner is not going to change. In other words, you can't change a cat into a dog. Love just isn't enough to significantly alter a person's basic nature and upbringing. For instance, if you fall in love with someone who is reserved and you need outward signs of affection to feel secure, you'll feel chronically dissatisfied. Most likely, these differences will probably erode loving feelings over time and diminish positive interactions in your relationship.
To continue viewing this column by Terry Gaspard, MSW, LFCSW please click below:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/terry-gaspard-msw-licsw/10-lessons-my-divorce-taught-me-about-lasting-love_b_7985848.html?utm_hp_ref=divorce&ir=Divorce
For more information, contact the Family Law Offices of Renee M. Marcelle at (415) 456-4444, or online at http://www.familylawmarin.com/

Friday, August 14, 2015

8 PIECES OF ADVISE FOR DIVORCE IN YOUR 20's

It's easy to be hard on yourself when going through divorce in your 20s. While all your friends are busy planning their weddings on Pinterest, you're planning a new life without your spouse and dealing with mounting legal bills.
To make the process a little easier, we asked experts -- divorce lawyers, psychologists and financial advisors -- to offer their best advice. Here's what they had to say:
1. Chalk the divorce up to a lapse in judgment. 
Don't fall into the trap of feeling like a failure for splitting up in your 20s. Forgive yourself and remember that you were young and maybe a little naive when you said "I do," said Andra Brosh, a Los Angeles-based psychologist. 
To continue viewing this article by Brittany Wong please click below:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/what-you-need-to-know-before-divorcing-in-your-twenties_55ccdd65e4b064d5910acb15?utm_hp_ref=divorce&ir=Divorce&section=divorce&kvcommref=mostpopular
For more information, contact the Family Law Offices of Renee M. Marcelle at (415) 456-4444, or online at http://www.familylawmarin.com/

HOW WE HAVE KEPT OUR SON FROM FEELING LIKE HE IS FROM A BROKEN HOME

A family may change after divorce but it doesn't have to fall apart. Just ask Heather Belanger. The remarried mom of two prides herself on the close co-parenting relationship she shares with her ex-husband Tony.
"As far as my son is concerned, it's normal to see mom and dad at each other's homes and to see mom and dad there for all of those special moments in his life," Heather told The Huffington Post recently.
Below, she shares more about her blended family. 
Hi Heather. Please introduce us to your family.  
At my house we have me, my husband Mike, our daughter Grace (1) and my son Alex (5). At Alex's dad's house, there's his dad Tony, Tony's girlfriend Jesse, plus their 3-year-old daughter Violet. 
Tony and I have been divorced since February 2013, but separated since 2011.
To continue viewing this article by Brittany Wong please click below:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/how-weve-kept-our-son-from-feeling-like-hes-from-a-broken-home_55cd14b3e4b055a6daafe56f?utm_hp_ref=divorce&ir=Divorce&section=divorce&kvcommref=mostpopular
For more information, contact the Family Law Offices of Renee M. Marcelle at (415) 456-4444, or online at http://www.familylawmarin.com/

Thursday, August 13, 2015

THE SUPREME COURT's IMPACT ON SAME SEX MARRIAGE AND DIVORCE

In a truly historic decision, the Supreme Court ruled in the case of Obergefell v. Hodges that same-sex couples may exercise the fundamental right to marry in all states. As Justice Kennedy eloquently stated in the Court's majority opinion:
"It would misunderstand these men and women to say they disrespect the idea of marriage. Their plea is that they do respect it, respect it so deeply that they seek to find its fulfillment for themselves. Their hope is not to be condemned to live in loneliness, excluded from one of civilization's oldest institutions. They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right." 
To continue viewing this article by James McLaren please see: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/james-mclaren/the-supreme-courts-impact-on-same-sex-marriage-and-divorce_b_7688396.html
For more information, contact the Family Law Offices of Renee M. Marcelle at (415) 456-4444, or online at http://www.familylawmarin.com/

AMICABLE DIVORCE IS THE NEW BLACK

America's beloved celebrity couple, Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner, known colloquially as "Bennifer" marked their 10 year anniversary this week with a divorce.
But Affleck and Garner shocked tabloids with a public statement brimming with amicable divorce language, defying the drama-hungry hype:
"After much thought and careful consideration, we have made the difficult decision to divorce. We go forward with love and friendship for one another and a commitment to co-parenting our children." 
To continue viewing this article by Michelle Crosby please see: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michelle-crosby/amicable-divorce-is-the-n_b_7716846.html
For more information, contact the Family Law Offices of
Renee M. Marcelle at (415) 456-4444, or online at http://www.familylawmarin.com/

Monday, August 10, 2015

7 FINANCIAL STEPS TO TAKE WHEN GETTING A DIVORCE

The financial effects of divorce could be worse than any downturn in the economy. An average bear market lasts 15 months and results in a 32 percent loss in investments, according to investment firm Edward Jones. Meanwhile, a divorce can wipe out 50 percent of a person’s assets and never ends, says Ken Moraif, founder and senior advisor of Dallas-based financial firm Money Matters.
“Financially, there are few things more devastating than a divorce,” Moraif says.
Even the most amicable divorce will result in divided assets and lost household income, but you may be able to minimize the damage by following these seven steps.
To continue viewing this article by Maryalene LaPonsie please click:
http://money.usnews.com/money/personal-finance/articles/2015/08/07/7-financial-steps-to-take-when-getting-a-divorce?utm_hp_ref=divorce&ir=Divorce
For more information, contact the Family Law Offices of Renee M. Marcelle at (415) 456-4444, or online at http://www.familylawmarin.com/

WHAT IT'S LIKE TO MEET YOUR EXES NEW LOVE ON SOCIAL MEDIA

My ex has a girlfriend.
I don't know how serious it is or how serious it isn't, but she's there. Just hanging out on his Facebook page, silently.
She's there, just casually mentioned by him a month ago.
Whether she's a she of importance or a she of the moment, she's there.
It's the first girlfriend post separation in the land of divorce.
He technically "won" the race, as in, he is the first person to move on, and not me.
This bothered me initially.
Like, "Why not me?"
My stomach turned seeing her face on his Facebook page.
But then I took another look and my first thought was, "She looks nice. Happy. Harmless."
I told my friends, "I can't hate her," and I can't. Maybe I am supposed to, but she looks like a nice and normal woman. I am relieved--and hopefully she is nice and normal!
To continue viewing this article by Laura Lifshitz please click below:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/laura-lifshitz/what-its-like-to-meet-you_b_7914616.html?utm_hp_ref=children-of-divorce
For more information, contact the Family Law Offices of Renee M. Marcelle at (415) 456-4444, or online at http://www.familylawmarin.com/

Friday, August 7, 2015

WHY I'M JEALOUS OF MY DIVORCED FRIENDS

With so many celebrity divorces occurring right now, I though I would share my opinion on the subject. Divorce is a part of life. I have many divorced friends. Over the past 12 years I have seen at least half of my married friends relationships end in divorce. Divorce is sad, causes a lot of pain, and is a very difficult process. I am not jealous of any of that portion of the divorce. I am however jealous of the happy, after the fact divorced friends of mine who share custody of their children. I am in no way jealous of divorced full-custody parents who have to go it alone. Those people are saints. I am going to be honest and tell you why.
To continue viewing this article by Meredith Masony please click below:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/meredith-masony/why-im-jealous-of-my-divorced-friends_b_7935958.html
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5 BENEFITS OF BEING DIVORCED AND SINGLE

You went out as a couple with other couples, many of your friends were married so conversations were often about shared marital issues and people around you saw you as “married.” And then when it ended and with a blink of an eye, you become….single. Like a scarlet letter written on your forehead, suddenly you are treated and looked at differently and have to renegotiate your social circle and identity.
Many people tend to dwell on the negative aspects of divorce. But divorce doesn’t have to be all gloom and doom filled with desperation. In fact, this is an opportunity to embrace your new life as a divorcee by using your freedom as a way of meeting new people and actually focusing with what YOU want separate from your spouse.
To continue reading this column by Kimberly Seltzer please click below:
http://digitalromanceinc.com/mens/divorced-and-single-5-benefits/
For more information, contact the Family Law Offices of Renee M. Marcelle at (415) 456-4444, or online at http://www.familylawmarin.com/

Thursday, August 6, 2015

COLLABORATIVE LAW

A confidential and transparent process which takes place privately by legal professionals who leave the armor at home. While still your advocate, they are highly trained in a process based dispute resolution system which weighs heavily on the parties, counsel and often times financial or child custody professionals working together to develop an agreement taking into account and to the extent possible, each party’s needs, interests and concerns. This process also may also include mental health professionals, called divorce coaches, to enhance the climate and move parties and or their counsel to conclusion in a reasonably harmonious way. Like mediation, settlements can be drafted in ways which do not reveal personal or private matters.
Written by:  Renee M. Marcelle
For more information, contact the Family Law Offices of Renee M. Marcelle at (415) 456-4444, or online at http://www.familylawmarin.com/

MEDIATION

In most cases mediation is a faster process then the adversarial process. Dissolution issues may be resolved in as little as 1-2 sessions and up to 10 or more depending on the complexity of the case. Mediation in California is absolutely confidential. Nothing said during mediation may be introduced into any Court hearing, declaration or trial. Divorce judgements may be drafted in ways which do not reveal personal or private matters. For example the parties could agree that assets and debts not be listed in a Marital Settlement Agreement yet the executory provisions which need an enforcement mechanism be listed therein.
Mediation works best when the parties are transparent regarding all material information and facts concerning any asset or debt. Mediation is an optimal resolution dispute remedy only when there exists a level playing field as between parties. Most mediators will require each party to have a consulting attorney to explain the law and how it applies. Parties may choose to not apply the law in their circumstances or only partially. You may chose to bring your attorneys to mediation, but in either event parties and counsel will be asked to approve the agreement in writing.
Written by:  Renee M. Marcelle
For more information, contact the Family Law Offices of Renee M. Marcelle at (415) 456-4444, or online at http://www.familylawmarin.com/ --

9 TIPS FOR THE NEWLY SINGLE FROM THE FINALLY MARRIED

For the record, I'm not divorced, nor have I ever been. But I have been single for most of my life, until last year when I got married for the first time at the age of 51.
So what does a newly married, never-been-divorced person know about divorce? Other than experiencing my own parents' divorce as an 8-year-old only child, absolutely nothing.
But I do know a thing or two about being single, and being on your own.
To continue viewing this article by Treva Brandon please click below:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/treva-brandon/9-tips-for-the-newly-sing_b_7926268.html?utm_hp_ref=divorce&ir=Divorce
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Wednesday, August 5, 2015

HOW TO AVOID PUBLIC COURT FILES

How to avoid public court files which reveal personal information to the media or anyone interested enough to view your court file.

Often celebrity, public figures and exceedingly wealthy clients as well as those who wish to remain private or keep their court file out of the hands of their future grown children, may agree with their opposing party to choose one of the following dispute resolution vehicles.

Private Judging: This dispute resolution remedy can effectively resolve disputes, in most cases more expeditiously and often more economically than the typical adversarial process. Additionally private judges may have qualitatively better family law experience than the judicial officers at court.

This process may include settlement conferences, case-management conferences, hearings on 1 or more issues, and trial. A private judge is endowed with the authority of the court and matters may be appealed similar to typical court decisions in the case of judicial error or abuse of discretion. Alternatively the parties could choose a more informal process from their private judge to streamline resolution of the issues.

While although technically this option is subject to possible attendance by the media in rare instances and typically only in the case of celebrity, will that happen. In the current economic climate private judging makes sense given that in most cases parties must provide for their own court reporters due to court budget cutbacks. What is more important the costs for employing a private judge can often be saved by avoiding delays alone; for example, repeated returns to court requiring counsel to review and prepare the issues multiple times to stay sharp with the facts and applicable law can be prohibitively expensive.

Written by Renee Marcelle
For more information, contact the Family Law Offices of Renee M. Marcelle at (415) 456-4444, or online at http://www.familylawmarin.com/ --

GWEN STEFANI, GAVIN ROSSDALE FILE FOR DIVORCE

Monday was D-Day — divorce day — for yet another celebrity couple: Rock stars Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale are splitting after 13 years of marriage.
The couple filed divorce papers in Los Angeles Superiror Court, Stefani first, then Rossdale, said court spokeswoman Mary Hearn, according to The Associated Press.
Stefani cited irreconcilable differences for the breakup and both are seeking joint custody of their three children.
To continue viewing this article by Maria Puente please click below:
http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/2015/08/03/gwen-stefani-gavin-rossdale-file-divorce/31085523/
For more information, contact the Family Law Offices of Renee M. Marcelle at (415) 456-4444, or online at http://www.familylawmarin.com/

STEPPARENTING - NINE TIPS TO HELP MOM AND STEPMOM WORK TOGETHER FOR THE KIDS

She’s the dreaded “next.” She’s the woman who lives in your ex’s house, sleeps in his bed and has your kids every other weekend. And the U. S. Census Bureau says there are 1,300 of her created every day. When living-together families are included in the definition of the stepfamily, the National Survey of Families and Households estimates that 50 percent of all women are likely to live in a stepfamily relationship.
Because of the breakup of their biological families and their parents' desire for a second chance at love, 50 percent of the 60 million children under the age of 13 are currently living with one biological parent and that parent's current partner. Stepfamilies are not doing so well. Two out of three will fail, largely due to conflicts over children. A Boston University study reported that more than 75 percent of the career women who had married men with children said that if they had do it again they would not marry a man with children.
To continue viewing this article by Laurie Moison please click below:
http://www.divorce360.com/divorce-articles/remarriage/step-children/the-ex-and-the-next.aspx?artid=929
For more information, contact the Family Law Offices of Renee M. Marcelle at (415) 456-4444, or online at http://www.familylawmarin.com/

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

CA DIVORCE - DIVIDING PROPERTY

Couples going through a divorce must decide how to divide their property and debts—or ask a court to do it for them. Under California’s community property laws, assets and debts spouses acquire during marriage belong equally to both of them, and they must divide them equally in divorce. Some couples are able to agree on how to divide all their property and debts. Couples who can’t manage this will end up going to court to ask for a decision from an arbitrator or a judge.
To continue viewing this article by Susan Bishop please click below:
http://www.divorcenet.com/resources/divorce/marital-property-division/california-divorce-dividing-pr
For more information, contact the Family Law Offices of Renee M. Marcelle at (415) 456-4444, or online at http://www.familylawmarin.com/

THE BASICS OF ANNULMENT

Annulment is a frequently misunderstood legal concept, because popular culture and religion have presented differing and often inaccurate views of what an annulment is in terms of family law. This article focuses on "civil annulments," not "religious annulments," which can only be granted by a church or clergy member.
Annulments and divorces are similar in the sense that they make a determination about marital status. But the vital difference between them is that divorce ends an existing, valid marriage, whereas annulment simply declares that what everyone thought was a marriage was never actually a marriage at all. In the eyes of the law, an annulled marriage never really existed.
To continue viewing this article by Amy Castillo please click below:
http://www.divorcenet.com/resources/annulment/annulment-basics/california
For more information, contact the Family Law Offices of Renee M. Marcelle at (415) 456-4444, or online at http://www.familylawmarin.com/

Monday, August 3, 2015

JOINT CUSTODY AS A CONSIDERATION

Joint custody is a wonderful concept that is difficult to achieve. It requires two very special parents concerned enough about their children to put their own disputes aside when it comes to the children. While it requires a major commitment and a great deal lot of work, it is more than worth the effort if you realize even part of its promise. 
Rather than shooting for the moon, and programming a likely failure to achieve the ideal joint custody, strive instead for the more attainable aspects that most easily fit your established lifestyles.
To continue viewing this article by Divorce Source please click below:
http://www.divorcesupport.com/divorce/Joint-Custody-as-a-Consideration-121.html
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PUTTING THE FOCUS ON YOUR CHILDREN

Disputes about property or support all come down to a matter of money. This issue is different: it’s all about your children. You don’t resolve child custody problems by throwing in a few more dollars. The good news is that you will find it surprisingly easy to work out a custody plan.   
We have a lot of child custody topics to cover: your children, identifying specific goals, learning how to pursue objectives and discovering ways to work out your custody plan. Knowing that the court will decide where your children will live—if you can’t—should be all the encouragement you need. 
To continue viewing this article on Divorce Support please click below:
http://www.divorcesupport.com/divorce/Putting-the-Focus-on-Your-Children-118.html
For more information, contact the Family Law Offices of Renee M. Marcelle at (415) 456-4444, or online at http://www.familylawmarin.com/

Friday, July 31, 2015

CO-PARENTING TIPS FOR DIVORCED PARENTS

Co-parenting amicably with your ex can give your children stability and close relationships with both parents—but it's rarely easy. Putting aside relationship issues to co-parent agreeably can be fraught with stress. Despite the many challenges, though, it is possible to develop a cordial working relationship with your ex for the sake of your children. With these tips, you can remain calm, stay consistent, and avoid or resolve conflict with your ex and make joint custody work.
To continue viewing this article by Jocelyn Block, M.A. and Melinda Smith, M.A. please click below:
http://www.helpguide.org/articles/family-divorce/co-parenting-tips-for-divorced-parents.htm
For more information, contact the Family Law Offices of Renee M. Marcelle at (415) 456-4444, or online at http://www.familylawmarin.com/

HELPING KIDS COPE WITH SEPARATION AND DIVORCE

For children, divorce can be stressful, sad, and confusing. At any age, kids may feel uncertain or angry at the prospect of mom and dad splitting up. As a parent, you can make the process and its effects less painful for your children. Helping your kids cope with divorce means providing stability in your home and attending to your children's needs with a reassuring, positive attitude. It won't be a seamless process, but these tips can help your children cope.
To continue viewing this article on Help Guide please click below:
http://www.helpguide.org/articles/family-divorce/children-and-divorce.htm#stability
For more information, contact the Family Law Offices of Renee M. Marcelle at (415) 456-4444, or online at http://www.familylawmarin.com/

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

SURVIVING DIVORCE AFTER 40

What’s the difference between divorce for women under and over forty? 
Well, I now think forty is young since I’m over sixty, but once you’re over forty or forty-five some of the possibilities younger women take for granted dry up.   Yes, there available men, but they’re a lot fewer and further between.   Older women have to deal with age discrimination when it comes to jobs, especially if they’ve been home taking care of the kids and don’t have a career.   This is particularly a problem for women over fifty.   It’s harder to lose your dream of a family when you’re over forty, because you may not remarry and you’re not going to have more children.
To continue viewing this article by Erica Manfred please click below:
 http://www.divorce360.com/divorce-articles/after-divorce/general/surviving-divorce-after-40.aspx?artid=1650
 For more information, contact the Family Law Offices of Renee M. Marcelle at (415) 456-4444, or online at http://www.familylawmarin.com/

SIGNING UP FOR A PRENUP

OK, let's clear this up right now. A prenuptial agreement does not mean that a couple is expecting their relationship to end in divorce.
But if it does, a prenup can prove valuable. And for folks who are getting remarried, the document has some particular advantages.
  Despite the hope that couples learn from earlier mistakes, data from the Department of Health and Human Services' National Survey of Family Growth show that 15 percent of remarriages end in three years, 25 percent are over in five years. Other studies put the remarriage failure rate substantially higher (60-to-70 percent), especially when stepchildren are involved.
To continue viewing this article by Kay Bell please click below:
http://www.divorce360.com/divorce-articles/law/advice/signing-up-for-a-prenup.aspx?artid=167
For more information, contact the Family Law Offices of Renee M. Marcelle at (415) 456-4444, or online at http://www.familylawmarin.com/

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

EX ETIQUETTE

Q. I love my in-laws. I divorced their son, not them, and they're still my kids' grandparents. What's the best way to maintain my relationship with them?
A. Your children are very lucky that you feel this way. You're right that the kids need to stay close to their grandparents. But of course your relationship with your in-laws must change. The first thing to remember is to shield them, as you do your children, from any anger you may have toward their son.
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SINGLE AND HAPPY

Saying goodbye to your children, even for a few days, is hard for any mom. It will take a while for you to accept that your kids are fine without you. Great weekends also require planning, especially for people who are divorced. Make a list of 10 things you'd like to do — including fun stuff, tasks you can't get done with the kids around, and helping others — and try to follow through on at least three things every weekend the kids are away. Get yourself on a schedule of well-being and stick with it until the good times catch up with you.
To continue viewing this column by Judith Sills, Ph.D., click below:
http://www.familycircle.com/family-fun/relationships/single-parent-happy/
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Monday, July 27, 2015

COURT ALLOWS WOMAN TO DIVORCE HUSBAND VIA FACEBOOK

A New York woman can divorce her husband using Facebook as a last resort, according to a recent court ruling.
Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Matthew Cooper ruled that Ellanora Baidoo can send a divorce summons to her hard-to-reach-husband, Victor Sena Blood-Dzraku, by having her attorney send private Facebook messages to him, Cooper wrote in his court decision on March 27.
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http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2015/04/07/facebook-divorce-file-biadoo/25400469/
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SOCIAL SECURITY CLAIMING STRATEGY

Q: I have a question about my eligibility for my ex-husband's Social Security. I am turning 62 this year, but I don’t plan to claim my Social Security benefits just yet. I am still working and making more than $100,000 per year. My ex-husband, from a 20-year marriage, is 67 and taking his retirement benefits. Am I eligible to receive some of his benefits?
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http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/columnist/powell/2015/07/24/social-security-claiming-strategy-divorced-working-woman/30486509/
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Friday, July 24, 2015

AMICABLY MAINTAINING CUSTODY AGREEMENTS

Q. My ex-husband and I have a fairly decent relationship, but he never seems to follow the "rules" of our custody agreement. He's constantly late picking up our 5-year-old son, and he often asks to switch weekends with me. Honestly, most of my problems with him have to do with scheduling, which seems minor in the scheme of things. He is a good and kind father, so I don't want to escalate this into a war. But I really want him to get his act together. What should I do?
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http://www.parents.com/parenting/divorce/coping/amicably-maintaining-custody-agreements/
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DATING DURING DIVORCE

Just when you thought you'd never date again, you feel that magical spark. But the divorce isn't final. Here's what parents who date during a divorce need to know. Plus: Keeping the kids top of mind through the process of rediscovering yourself.
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Thursday, July 23, 2015

EASING THE PAIN OF DIVORCE

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, almost half of all marriages end in divorce, and one-third of all breakups occur within the first five years of marriage, the time when most couples start families. Despite its prevalence, divorce is still extremely painful, even for babies and toddlers. They may not see one parent as much as they used to. They may lose their usual routine. And there may be new people in their lives to whom they must adjust, such as a new caregiver or love interest for Mom or Dad. Find out how divorce affects little ones and what you can do to minimize your child's anxiety.
To continue viewing this article by Cynthia Hanson please click below:
http://www.parents.com/parenting/divorce/coping/easing-pain-of-divorce/
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HOW TO HAVE QUALITY TIME WITH YOUR KIDS

Being a divorced mom is hard for reasons different than some people might think. A widowed friend recently shared on her blog that she was jealous of divorced moms that had every other weekend free from kids. Granted, she was thinking in terms of having free time to cultivate a new relationship. But when I read it, I felt such sadness because I can’t stand missing things in my kid’s lives when they’re not with me on those weekends they spend with their father. When my kids were babies, I was overwhelmed with the 24/7 care, lack of sleep, and everybody always needing something from me. I couldn’t wait for an excuse to escape. Yes, a trip to the dentist was like a spa day to me.
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https://www.life360.com/blog/how-to-have-quality-time-with-the-kids/
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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

MAYBE YOU DON'T WANT TO STAY MARRIED, BUT THERE IS A WAY TO MAKE THE BREAKUP AS PAINLESS AS POSSIBLE FOR EVERYONE

Collaborative Divorce

When my ex and I decided that our marriage was truly and totally over, we vowed that we'd have the best possible divorce. After all, we'd spent half of our lives together and had a young daughter, family, and friends in common. We started out talking in a mediator's office, which was going well — until we hit a bump and flew into opposing corners, our attorneys doing battle.

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http://www.familycircle.com/family-fun/relationships/collaborative-divorce-benefits/

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SINGLE AND HAPPY

Q. Newly divorced, I'm finding it hard to take advantage of my "free" time, when my kids are with my ex. How can I enjoy it more?

A. Saying goodbye to your children, even for a few days, is hard for any mom. It will take a while for you to accept that your kids are fine without you. Great weekends also require planning, especially for people who are divorced. Make a list of 10 things you'd like to do — including fun stuff, tasks you can't get done with the kids around, and helping others — and try to follow through on at least three things every weekend the kids are away. Get yourself on a schedule of well-being and stick with it until the good times catch up with you.

To continue viewing this interview by Judith Sills, Ph.D., please click the link below:
http://www.familycircle.com/family-fun/relationships/single-parent-happy/

For more information, contact the Family Law Offices of Renee M. Marcelle at (415) 456-4444, or online at http://www.familylawmarin.com/

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

SOMETIMES SEPARATION IS NECESSARY, EVEN THE POPE SAYS SO

Lately, I've been surrounded by weddings. First my daughter's, then a good friend's daughter's, then my god-daughter's -- all in the span of 4 weeks. Each was a beautiful celebration of the bittersweet passing of the torch between generations. And the blissful, hopeful, adoring looks on the newly-weds' faces made me believe again, though cautiously, in love and marriage.
Yet, with the wisdom of years now behind me, I know life is messy, full of surprises-- and sometimes more like a soap opera. According to friends who'd witnessed it, I too was blissful on my wedding day. However, thanks to what many would call "extenuating circumstances," I divorced years ago from a situation resulting in an annulment by the Catholic Church. It was, and occasionally still is, painful, especially when I'm around "intact" families.
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BLAKE SHELTON AND MIRANDA LAMBERT DIVORCING

The couple filed divorce docs a while ago, and a judge is expected to officially end their 4 year marriage today. We're told Blake is the one who filed.
We're also told all the financial arrangements have been worked out ... made easy by the fact that they have a prenup.  The divorce was filed in Oklahoma.
Our sources say he will get the ranch in Oklahoma and she'll get the family home in Nashville.  Our sources say Miranda has been moving her show animals -- horses, a camel and a llama -- off the ranch in the last few days.
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Read more: http://www.tmz.com/2015/07/20/blake-shelton-miranda-lambert-divorce/#ixzz3gZE158cG
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Monday, July 20, 2015

WHAT IS THE COMMUNITY PROPERTY LAW IN CA?

The state of California considers any property acquired during a valid marriage by a husband or wife community property. Sections 760 and 771 of the California Family Code outline the state law pertaining to community property. During a divorce proceeding, a judge will equitably divide community property based on possession, the wage earnings of both parties and the length of the couple’s marriage. Unless a couple signs a prenuptial agreement, California community property law only applies if the couple divorces in the state.
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HOW TO DIVIDE PROPERTY IN A DIVORCE

When Rick Buchler and his wife split up two years ago, they decided she would remain in their house near Stockton, Calif., and he would leave.
The couple had no children, and Buchler's wife, a pediatrician, wanted to stay in the marital four-bedroom home with an in-ground pool since she could manage the mortgage payments.
"The divorce settlement said specifically that I am no longer liable for the home," Buchler says.  His bank didn't see it the same way.
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http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2013-10-07/news/sns-rt-us-divorce-realestate-20131007_1_divorce-one-person-couples
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Thursday, July 16, 2015

THIS DIVORCE ARRANGEMENT STRESSES KIDS OUT MOST

Regarding the wellbeing of kids with divorced parents, the debate over what kind of custody arrangement is best rages on. But a new study, published Monday in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, suggests that children fare better when they spend time living with both of their parents.
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http://time.com/3836627/divorced-parents-joint-custody/
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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

COLLABORATIVE DIVORCE

Collaborative divorce law can be defined as a family law process wherein the two parties agree to avoid court proceedings and avoid any threats of litigation. The parties attempt to reach a fair settlement by way of a series of meetings, including each party and their lawyer.
Early participation by attorneys allows the participants and their attorneys to use the more positive and effective aspects of good lawyering not often seen in proceedings involving litigation, court intervention and even mediation, such as: Critical and rational analysis; creative and thoughtful problem solving; generating multiple options for settlement; maintaining a positive and cooperative environment for settlement, and building a foundation for co-parenting, financial security and positive future interactions.

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PREMARITAL AGREEMENTS

When people get married, California law imposes on them numerous responsibilities and obligations, including community property rights and support rights. A prenuptial or premarital agreement is designed to allow both spouses to protect their separate property more than what is provided under the Family Code. Prenuptial agreements allow for both spouses to protect themselves from the other's debts, occurring prior to, during, or after the marriage. Pre-nuptial agreements may also signify that both parties agree that all debts, assets and property will automatically become shared from the date of marriage onwards, gradually as the marriage progresses over the years, or not at all.
With a prenuptial agreement, parties can ensure that property, wages, and assets they wish to maintain separately are kept separate after the date of marriage.
Some premarital agreements provide that all earnings during marriage retain a separate property character.
You should not agree to enter into a premarital agreement until:
1. You have had an opportunity to read and fully understand its contents;
2. You have consulted with an attorney who specializes in Family Law to find out whether the premarital agreement is appropriate for you; and
3. You have had adequate time to think about it.
A premarital agreement is a very serious matter with legal consequences that you may not agree with in the event of a dissolution. You should not sign the agreement if you are not fully agreeable to its contents. A couple should not make attempts at writing their own premarital agreement; both parties should seek attorneys who are fully competent and familiar with laws relating to premarital agreements.

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Monday, July 13, 2015

THE TRAUMA OF DIVORCE, WHO ARE YOU NOW?

When you think of “trauma” you may easily imagine Big T experiences: serious accidents, natural disasters, assault, or life-threatening illnesses. These kinds of events obviously and in a very public way transform the bedrock of who you are and how you live. Other incidents can be equally life altering in a very private realm. Divorce is one of them.
When the life and world you have constructed fall apart due to a breakup (amicable or not), the way you see the world and your place in it changes. Accepting and evolving into the new person this requires can be traumatic as you give up a lifestyle, home, family, financial security, love, and dreams. To manage the shock of the change, you might find yourself letting go of activities you once enjoyed and implementing coping mechanisms geared toward reducing emotional pain, fear of the future, and a sense of loneliness and uncertainty that shadows every moment.
To continue viewing this article by Michele Rosenthal please click below:
http://www.divorcemag.com/articles/the-trauma-of-divorce-who-are-you-now
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RELOCATION AND CO-PARENTING AFTER DIVORCE

The question of relocation after parental divorce is difficult and complex. However, parenting plans that both accommodate parental relocation and maintain the same proportion of responsibility exercised by each parent before and after relocation, are possible – although extremely challenging.
Equal or shared parenting can be made to work when parents live some distance apart, particularly with older children. At the same time, in the interests of stability and continuity in children’s lives, relocation should be undertaken only after careful consideration in regard to the impact such a move will have on children, and on their relationships with both parents. It is no surprise that research indicates that children of divorce fare better if their parents remain in the same local area.
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http://www.divorcemag.com/articles/relocation-and-co-parenting

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Thursday, July 9, 2015

NESTING PLANS FOR CHILD CUSTODY

For many divorcing couples, keeping the children in the marital home is top priority. And with good reason.
For some, the marital home may be the only home they've ever known. And depending on the age of your children, change may not be something they're excited about.
So as responsible parents you feel that keeping them in the home will provide some stability during this time of intense transition. So you thought setting up a nesting plan may be the way to go. But before you decide, allow us to share some pros and cons about this relatively new phenomenon regarding co-parenting children post-divorce in this two-part series on the topic.
To continue viewing this article by Joseph Dillon please click below:
http://www.divorcesource.com/ds/illinois/nesting-plans-for-child-custody-5142.shtml
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THE MYTH ABOUT UNHAPPY CHILDREN WITH DIVORCED PARENTS

There is a myth that children of divorced couples are not happy people as adults and often do not do as well in relationships as opposed to those who grew up in a home with two loving parents. While this is true with some children, the outcome depends on why the parents were divorced in the first place as well as if one or both parents went on to become happy in future relationships or marriages. The truth is that children of parents who are divorced can be sad or depressed, just like children of parents who stay together for the kids; it all depends on the child and how they adapt to their surroundings.
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Wednesday, July 8, 2015

DO's and DONT's OF DIVORCE FOR PARENTS

Divorce is a very complex occurrence that takes place within the family. This article will not attempt to cover all of the many nuances and intricacies involved in dealing with children who are experiencing a divorce. There are therapists who deal specifically with divorces as well as many books written on the effects of divorce on children and on parents. Many towns have programs committed to working with children of divorced families, which can be very effective in helping kids come to terms with what’s going on. All of these options should be considered. I hope this article will offer some useful ideas, but I want to stress the fact that it is not meant as a substitute for a broader understanding of divorce and its effect on parents and children.
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http://www.empoweringparents.com/Dos-and-Donts-of-Divorce-for-Parents.php#ixzz3fLe7Adqc

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PARENTING AFTER DIVORCE

Whether you are recently divorced or have been for some time, don’t be anxious that you have ruined your child’s life. You haven’t. While divorce can be a big part of your child’s life, what will determine his ultimate quality of life is still in the hands of each parent. Can children be affected negatively by their parent’s divorce? Most certainly. But it’s important to understand that children are not necessarily doomed to be negatively impacted.
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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

DIVORCE, WHAT ABOUT THE KIDS?

When Avra Kutcher’s parents separated, she felt a sense of relief. Though she was just 7 years old at the time, she knew that her parents “were always fighting, so, even at that young age, I figured it would be better for them to be apart,” says Kutcher, now a 24-year-old graduate student who still splits her time between her parents’ homes in White Plains and Dobbs Ferry, respectively. “And they did have an amicable divorce, so things did get better.”
That doesn’t mean her parents’ divorce didn’t have an effect on Kutcher. As she and her younger sister divided their time between two homes, her parents, especially her mom, would feel awful when the children would leave to go spend time at the other parent's house. “It has definitely affected my decision-making, because I always want to try to make everyone happy.”
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http://www.westchestermagazine.com/Westchester-Magazine/February-2015/Divorce-What-About-The-Kids/
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TO A FRIEND ON HIS DIVORCE

YOU were 7 and I was 6 when we met near the jungle gym. After becoming bandmates in high school and enjoying a brief twinkle of local stardom, we became men and did man things, one of which was each finding someone we loved enough to marry. I have proof that both of us were happy then. The photos from our weddings show us laughing, smiling, greeting friends and relatives, eating cake, smoking cigars and dancing.

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Monday, July 6, 2015

WHAT IT'S LIKE TO DATE AFTER DIVORCE IN THREE WORDS

If you're getting back into the dating scene after a divorce, you're no doubt realizing that things have changed quite a bit since you were last single. (Tinder and ghosting and what to wear -- oh my!)
You're not the only one who's a bit befuddled by the whole process. We recently asked HuffPost Divorce readers to sum up their post-divorce dating experience in just three words. The general consensus? It can drive you crazy but once you meet someone you connect with, it's ultimately worth the effort.
To continue this article by Brittany Wong, please click below:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/07/06/what-its-like-to-date-after-divorce-_n_7737846.html
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WHAT WE CAN LEARN ABOUT PRENUPS FROM THE BEN AFFLECK-JENNIFER GARNER DIVORCE

Earlier this week, the world learned that beloved Hollywood couple Jennifer Garner, 43, and Ben Affleck, 42, have decided to split—ten years and one day after their wedding. If you read the tabloids, you’ll know the breakup has been coming for awhile. Indeed, the couple has been separated for months, and it seems clear that the timing of the divorce filing, initiated by Garner, was not a coincidence.

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http://fortune.com/2015/07/04/affleck-garner-divorce-prenups/

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

4 BEHAVIORS CAN PREDICT DIVORCE

Ever been in the middle of a heated argument when suddenly the other person pulls out their phone and starts texting?
If the answer is yes, and if you find it happening constantly, we hope that person isn't your significant other.
This behavior, known as stonewalling, is one of four reactions that John Gottman, a psychologist at the University of Washington and the founder of the Gottman Institute, has identified as a telltale sign that all is not well with a married couple.
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8 THINGS SINGLE MOMS AND DADS NEED TO KNOW ABOUT TAXES

Unmarried parents face a unique set of concerns in life, and that includes taxes Before filing, consider these federal tax considerations:
  • Head of household status. If you were unmarried on Dec. 31, 2014, earn at least 50 percent of your household income and your kids live with you for 6 months of the year or more total, file as head of household. This usually affords you a lower tax rate and higher deductions.
  • Determine who you can claim as a dependent. This determines whither you can take any number of other credits and deductions. This is usually stipulated in a separation or divorce agreement, and the parent who would normally claim the child can agree to sign a waiver allowing a non-custodial parent to make the claim. You cannot split this deduction for a single child, but some parents agree to take turns claiming children on alternate years, or if there are two or more children, agreeing that each parent can claim one of the kids. However, the IRS determines that a child is a dependent based on if the child lived with a parent for at least six months and was financially supported for the same time.
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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

CHILD CUSTODY - THE BEST INTEREST OF THE CHILD

When courts need to make decisions about child custody and visitation, they consider what arrangement will be in the child’s best interests. (They are much more interested in what’s best for the child than they are in the parents’ concerns.) Most judges consider things like whether the current situation is working well for the child (if so, they’re unlikely to change it) and which parent will be most likely to support the child’s relationship with the other parent (a cooperative parent definitely has an advantage in a custody dispute). Beyond these basic things, though, each state has its own rules about what is in the child’s best interests.
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DEPRESSION FROM DIVORCE

Experiencing grief and depression from divorce is common when a person's marriage ends. The sense of loss can be comparable to the pain of losing a loved one. In essence, it is the death of your marriage. It can be a very sad time in your life as you lay to rest all the dashed hopes and dreams. Right now, you may feel as if you’ll never love anyone the way that you loved your husband.
To continue viewing this article by Tracy Achen, please click below:
http://www.womansdivorce.com/depression-from-divorce.html#ixzz3eaoTmmEZ

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Monday, June 29, 2015

CHILDREN'S NEEDS WHILE GOING THROUGH A DIVORCE

A child's psychological needs are greatly increased during and after a divorce. They live in the middle of an economic and emotional roller coaster, experiencing guilt, fear and confusion. If parents are consciously focused on and sensitive to their child's needs during and after a divorce, they will do a better job of meeting them.

In Dr. Phil's book, Family First: Your Step-by-Step Plan for Creating a Phenomenal Family, he lists the most profound needs of children while going through a divorce — a time when they may be on an emotional roller coaster of guilt, fear and confusion. Your overall goal should be to meet all of these needs, in order to minimize the price your child has to pay for you and your ex being unable to sustain your relationship.

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http://www.drphil.com/articles/article/157

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WHAT I WISH I KNEW BEFORE I GOT DIVORCED

Hindsight's 20/20, so there's no one better than ex-wives to tell you what to do (and not to do) if you're going through—or just contemplating—a divorce. Here, real women share what they wish they'd known when they split from their husbands and divorce professionals weigh in on how to combat the most unexpected, yet most common, mistakes they've seen clients make. Rest assured, these 10 lessons can get you through the end of your marriage, both financially and emotionally.
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http://www.womansday.com/relationships/dating-marriage/advice/a6834/divorce-advice-women/
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