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What is a collaborative divorce?

When one thinks of divorce, they often think about two spouses having a go at each other, unable to reach an agreement. While some divorces are high conflict and require the court to step in to sort through the various issues, others are able to come to terms and reach an agreement on their own. Although the couple is able to set aside their differences, they may still require assistance when it comes to working through the process and finalizing a divorce.

What is a collaborative divorce? The collaborative process is an alternative dispute resolution that is based on the concept of cooperation. In this process, both spouses have attorneys; however, they work outside the court to problem solve and reach an agreement. This is a result-focused process used to resolve both divorce and family law issues.

Frankel and Hoppy are back to court over custody issues

It is well known that divorce can be messy. And even when divorcing spouse are able to navigate through hostilities and high conflict, this does not mean this is the last time the couple will be faced with divorce issues. Even after a divorce decree is reached, family law issues could open the door back open. Whether it is a year or a decade following this agreement, if a parent believes changes are necessary, divorced parents may have to return to court to resolve any new or outstanding issues. While this can be complex and emotional, it is often in the best interests of the child to reach a resolution if new issues have evolved.

According to recent reports, the Real Housewives of New York City, Bethenny Frankel and her ex, Jason Hoppy, are going back to court. The two are going to trial over custody of their 8-year-old daughter. The two settled their divorce back in July of 2016; however, Frankel seeks primary custody and full decision-making power of their daughter. Hoppy seeks to keep the arrangement as is, which is joint custody.

Signs that the other parent may be alienating you

Nothing is more important to you than protecting the relationship you have with your child. Even after a divorce, you desire to have a strong relationship with him or her and maintain your role as an active, involved and loving parent. However, the other parent may still be harboring hard feelings toward you, and the result can be parental alienation. 

Parental alienation occurs when one parent does his or her best to negatively influence the other parent's relationship with the children. Often, a contentious or difficult divorce gives rise to strong emotions and feelings of anger or jealously that can lead to this behavior. If you are experiencing this, you have the right to actively work to put a stop to it and seek necessary changes to your current arrangement.

Using a forensic accountant in a divorce

Ending a marriage is trying time. It is difficult, emotional and challenging. A spouse is likely devastated that the marriage has failed, and now they are bombarded with all the divorce issues that must be sorted out and resolved. It can take much time and effort to reach a final resolution, making it imperative to understand the process and how best to move through it. This could require the usage of experts, as these professionals could provide input and assistance with obtaining a fair divorce settlement agreement.

The usage of financial experts could be extremely beneficial for some divorcing spouses. While some divorces are straightforward when it comes to splitting property and assets, others are more complex. In order to address these complexities, a forensic accountant could help with many calculations throughout the process.

Are you making your divorce harder than it has to be?

Moving forward with the decision to divorce is not easy. It can involve complex feelings, the threat of losing some of your property and the possibility of seeing your kids less. As a result, it may lead some Texas readers to act out of emotions and stress. This can lead to decisions that are not actually in your best interests.

If you are facing divorce, it is smart to learn about ways you can protect your interests during this process. One way is to keep your emotions in check and keep your eyes on a strong post-divorce future. When you allow your feelings to dictate how you are acting, you may say things you will regret, agree to terms that do not suit your needs and make your divorce more difficult that it has to be. 

Helping you amend a child custody arrangement

Parents parting ways can be viewed at as a traumatic situation. Although it may be good for the parents to no longer be in a relationship, their divorce or separation can be a trying time for the children involved. A child has been accustomed to their life with both parents, making it difficult to acclimate to a life much different than this. This makes custody matters both an emotional and vital time for everyone involved, as what is in the best interest of the child may not be what one or both parents want.

At our law firm, we understand that it can take time to establish a workable custody arrangement. Even when both parents are happy with an arrangement, this does not mean that they will be happy with it until their children reach the age of majority.

How can a prenuptial agreement protect a business?

Getting married is usually a carefully thought out and planned event. Even if it is a spur of the moment courthouse wedding, spouses think about what it means to be married. For some, this thought comes into play long before the wedding ceremony. And, because of this, spouses may consider what kind of role marital agreements might have. A prenuptial agreement may be a beneficial document to consider prior to a couple's union.

The thought of divorce before a marriage has even begun is anything but romantic. Although the conversation can be difficult, including a prenuptial agreement in a marriage can help not only obtain useful financial information about an intended spouse, but it can also highlight what safeguards a person might want to include. This is especially true for those who have their own business.

How can a postnup protect your retirement accounts?

Getting married is an exciting time. And even if a marriage does fail, many are able to find love again and enter into another marriage. Because the chances of another divorce occurring the second time around is fairly high, it is important that these spouses take the time to understand ways they can protect themselves and their future, especially when it comes to their assets and retirement benefits.

How can a postnup protect your retirement accounts? Much like discussing a prenuptial agreement before marriage, bringing up a postnuptial agreement during a marriage is a difficult task. Nonetheless, it is an important topic to handle, especially when one remarries.

Your divorce choices will determine your future

Divorce is not an easy process, even when two parties resolve to work amicably and reach a reasonable, sustainable final order. It is complicated and emotional to walk through the steps required to end a marriage, and as a result, you may be more prone to making certain mistakes than you realize. It is smart to learn about common mistakes and work to avoid them.

When there is a lot at stake, it is in your interests to be thoughtful and careful about the choices you make. Preparation and a focus on the future are the keys to a strong post-divorce future. 

Jeff Bezos and wife end 25-year marriage

Ending a marriage can be an incredibly difficult decision. One is not only severing a relationship, but they are also cutting their belongings in half. For the most part, divorce means splitting their assets in half. However, when one spouse owns a business, this could further complicate the process. Whether or not a premarital agreement is involved, it is often in one's best interests to take the time to protect one's business during the divorce process.

As most are probably aware, Jeff Bezos, the CEO of Amazon, is ending his 25-year marriage. Part of what makes this divorce notable is that Bezos is worth nearly $137 billion, causing some concerns regarding how this divorce will not only impact his wealth, but also the company Amazon as a whole.