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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.

Lessons from a high asset divorce

Most Wyoming readers probably know that Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon, and his wife have filed for divorce. It is one of the most expensive divorces in history and has garnered many headlines as there were literally billions of dollars at stake. This extremely high asset divorce offers couples of all income levels a few tips that can help make the divorce process easier.

No matter how simple or complex a divorce will be, it is always helpful when a couple can approach it with a unified front. Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos released a joint statement declaring their intent to remain friends and retain mutual respect. Even in the most complicated of situations, finding common ground can reduce costly disputes that will lengthen the process. 

No 2 Wyoming families thrive with the same parenting schedule

When you have children, going through a divorce often becomes more about making sure they get through this transition smoothly rather than arguing with each other. For this reason, many parents no longer rely on the court system to decide their child custody matters for them.

Instead, they work together to create an agreement and parenting schedule that works best for their families. After all, no two Wyoming families are the same, and attempting to apply the same rules to everyone simply doesn't work over time.

What should a parent know about child support?

Divorce is a complicated, often emotionally-charged process, and both parents and children will have to adjust to new circumstances once the process is final. One significant factor that could impact post-divorce life is the payment of child support. The intent of this specific type of financial support is to provide the custodial parent with the resources necessary to meet the needs of the kids.

It can be helpful for Wyoming parents to know what to expect regarding child support payments. One important consideration to remember is that it is possible to modify a child support order in the future. This means that if a parent experiences a job loss and cannot pay or the kids need additional support for important medical concerns or other financial issues, a parent can petition the court to change the order.

What factors determine how much alimony a spouse will get?

In a divorce, it is normal to have serious concerns regarding how the process will affect future interests and financial security. Through alimony, a lesser-earning spouse can have the support he or she needs to address the economic inequity that a spouse can experience in a divorce. There is no one-size-fits-all amount of support, and the exact amount and duration of the payments depends on the specific details of the individual situation.

In most Wyoming divorces, the issues of spousal support comes later, after issues such as property division have been resolved. At this point, a court will look at factors such as how long the couple was married, the job status of both parties, the lifestyle enjoyed by both parties and the ability of each spouse to earn an income. These considerations will help determine whether support is prudent and necessary for the individual situation.

After 50 years, father ordered to pay $150,000 in child support

Wyoming parents who are going through a divorce might be understandably worried about their financial stability. From dealing with things like living on a smaller income to maintaining the marital home or family vehicle, parents might be most worried about the costs of raising a child. Child support generally helps parents with primary custody balance the daily expenses involved with child-rearing, but sometimes their exes refuse to pay.

This is the situation one woman, who is now 74 years old, found herself in almost 50 years ago. After she and her husband filed for divorce in 1969, her ex was ordered to pay $210 monthly in child support for their 3-year-old daughter. The order included a reduction in monthly support after two years, dropping the amount to only $160 a month. However, the father never paid. Instead he moved out of the country and had at least two more children.

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