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Making child custody decisions that work best for the kids

Divorce is a difficult process, and the youngest members of the family can experience a significant emotional and mental impact from this choice. In Wyoming and elsewhere, it's important for parents to protect their kids and provide them with a child custody arrangement that allows them to have stability and security. This starts by making smart choices during and after the process is final. 

In the past, courts tended to favor the mother over the father, giving her more parenting time and custody rights. However, there is significant research that indicates children are best served when allowed to have an equally strong relationship with both parents after divorce. One way that parents can do this is by choosing to live close together, making it less stressful when kids have to transition from one home to another. 

Once awarded, can an alimony order ever be adjusted?

When going through a divorce in the state of Wyoming, one spouse may qualify to receive spousal support as part of the final settlement. The how much and for how long can either be figured out through private negotiations or a judge can decide the precise alimony terms. One question a lot of people have following the creation of an alimony order is: Is it adjustable or is it set in stone?

The simple answer to this question is, yes, it may be adjusted. Of course, nothing about divorce or the law is really ever simple. There has to be a good reason to request a modification, and there are no guarantees that your request will receive approval.

Shared parenting becoming popular child custody arrangement

Entertainers Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga made headlines when they starred in a remake of the film "A Star is Born" in 2018. Their reported chemistry may have contributed to the fact that Cooper and his wife of four years have recently parted ways. Despite their celebrity status, they will still face the same issues as other divorcing couples, whether in Wyoming or elsewhere around the country. Certainly, one of the major topics of discussion for couples with children is that of child custody.

Traditionally, courts tended to award primary custody to the mothers, leaving fathers with visitation rights on given weekends and holidays. However, most child experts agree that children are much better off when both parents have active roles in their lives. Many courts now favor a shared custody arrangement between the parents, giving each spouse equal time with their children.

Divorce issues: Prenups need to be revised after life events

Many Wyoming couples and others around the nation choose to develop prenuptial agreements before they tie the knot. These agreements are understandably based on the couples' current job and family arrangements. However, what happens with those prenups when a couple's situation changes? Divorce experts offer some advice on how major life events may affect marital agreements.

One couple's prenup was written based on the husband working and the wife staying at home with any future children. In reality, after they had been married for six years, the wife had started a successful business. In fact, the business was so lucrative, the couple decided that the husband would stay home to care for their children. Since their situation had so drastically changed, they wondered if their prenup needed to be revised or if a postnuptial agreement should be developed.

Property division and dividing investments in divorce

When a Wyoming couple goes through a divorce, one of their main concerns is how this process will affect their long-term financial well-being. Property division in a divorce involves more than just dividing up physical assets; it also involves properly dividing long-term savings and investments. A person who is facing divorce will want to understand how this process works and how to pursue a fair financial settlement. 

Finances are one of the most sensitive and complex aspects of a divorce. All new investments and investment growth over the course of the marriage is likely marital property, which is subject to division between the two spouses in a divorce. Spouses are sometimes in sharp disagreement over how to address investments and other types of long-term savings. It is helpful to consider long-term tax implications and other consequences when walking through the property division process.

How technology can reduce complications with child custody

Wyoming parents know that one of the most complicated aspects of a divorce is what will happen to the children. Parents naturally have concerns about how to help their children transition with as little emotional or mental trauma as possible. One way they can do this is by providing security and stability in a a solid child custody order, and there are ways that technology can help them reach this goal. 

There are certain tech tools that can help parents manage all types of child custody issues, which can reduce the chance of continued legal complications in the future. There are apps and websites that can help parents manage schedules, which means there will be less of a chance of fighting over who is doing what. This also establishes clear lines of communication between the parents over knowing where their children are and what they will be doing. 

Protecting finances during the process of divorce

The end of a marriage will bring significant financial changes to a person's life. These changes do not start once the divorce is final, but they can have an impact almost immediately. Even before filing papers or moving forward in the divorce process, a person will find it beneficial to learn what steps can be taken to protect his or her financial future. 

One of the smartest things a person can do when facing divorce is to make a budget. Divorce is an expensive process, even when both Wyoming spouses are amicable, and it can help to have a spending plan. This requires a person to know exactly what he or she has coming in and exactly what is going out. It's also prudent during this time to start checking on credit scores, especially if the score needs improvement or the individual will need to build up credit because of the divorce. 

Drafting your own parenting agreement? Keep these things in mind

How will your divorce impact your children? That is probably one of the most important questions you will ask yourself when you decide to move forward with the divorce process. One of the things you want to do is provide your children with stability and security long-term. You can do this with a strong and thoughtful parenting plan.

What should be in your parenting plan will depend on the factors of your individual situation. There is no one-size-fits-all custody plan, and it is important to ensure that the choices you make will make sense for years to come. What works now may not work down the road, and it's smart to make a plan that will prove beneficial for your kids well into the future.

Millennials are less likely to divorce than any other age group

In Wyoming and across the country, millennials are a demographic that tend to reject traditional practices and follow their own paths. This is also true in the way they approach marriage and divorce. While the divorce rate remains high in many other groups, that is not the case for millennials. Statistics indicate that this group saw an 18% drop in divorce numbers, which is the most significant change in the divorce rate in a very long time. 

Millennials are often motivated to do things differently from their parents, and many of them are children of divorce. Because they experienced first hand what it was like to grow up with divorced parents, it makes many of them view the concept of marriage and the process of divorce in different ways. One trend among millennials that reflects this is the fact that in this demographic, women tend to wait much longer to get married. Many establish careers before settling down, and there are a significant portion who decide not to have children. 

Insurance and the protection of future assets in divorce

The end of a marriage requires both spouses to address many complex legal and financial issues. During divorce, a Wyoming couple may find they are primarily concerned with things such as what will happen to the family home or which spouse will get financial support. However, it is smart not to overlook other important issues that could affect a person well into the future, such as insurance.

After a divorce, a person may wonder if he or she is able to stay on the ex-spouse's insurance plan. Because many couples share an insurance plan offered by one of the spouse's employer, divorce could leave one spouse without necessary health coverage. Thanks to the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act, it is possible for a spouse to remain on an ex-spouses plan for up to three years. A person would be wise to learn if and how this law can benefit him or her.

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