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Why should couples have a conversation about a prenup?

Couples around the United States make the decision to marry every day. With "I" becoming "we" in just a matter of seconds, there are many things that couples will want to discuss before they agree to spend the rest of their lives together. Children and buying a home are likely topics that will be discussed, but finances are something to bring up as well.

Consider paying alimony in one lump sum

Disputes are going to happen when two people decide to get divorced. After all, couples who are getting divorced usually aren't seeing eye to eye on many things. They will argue over who gets the house, the cars and maybe even the furniture. In addition to arguments about property, spouses may find themselves disagreeing about who deserves to receive alimony and how it will be paid.

Do I need to hire an attorney for an independent adoption?

Not everyone is able to have a child of their own, so they may decide to adopt one as an alternative. Even those who are able to may still find that they want to adopt a child and raise them as their own. When the decision has been made to move forward with an adoption, the one thing people must decide is what form of adoption they will use.

Things to avoid while getting a divorce

Going through a divorce can be one of the most stressful times you'll ever experience in life. You are starting a whole new life away from a person you once loved. Your assets are being divided and a court might be deciding your future with your children. That overwhelming stress can often lead to some irrational behaviors that could end up damaging your case. So, with that in mind, let's first look at some of things you should avoid during the process:

  • You might want to start making plans concerning a new job or a big move out of the state, but hold off until the divorce is over.
  • Don't try to hide assets from your spouse by giving them away or moving money; if it's discovered, you could end up back in court.
  • Don't act out against your soon-to-be-ex. Resorting to violence or other schemes to "get back" at them is only going to land you in hot water.
  • Under no circumstances should you violate a visitation or temporary custody agreement. You'll only endanger your future chances of getting the results you want.
  • Don't turn your children against your ex. Doing so can cause irrevocable damage and, regardless of your feeling for him or her, your children need them in their lives.

Things to ask your attorney when you're considering a prenup

If you're facing a legal situation, you probably have a lot of questions for your attorney. If the legal matter is regarding a divorce, you may have questions about the process and how to get things started. If you're a couple that is planning to get married, you will have questions before you tie the knot, especially if you are considering getting a prenuptial agreement and finding ways to protect your property and assets.

How will joint physical custody affect my child?

A custody dispute can lead to parents having one of many types of custody arrangements. The goal is to spend time with their child and maintain a relationship, so they both may find it difficult to figure out what type of arrangement will work best for them and for their child. This confusion has caused many parents to agree to joint physical custody.

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