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Bird nesting: When a child stays in the marital home

Most people want to do what's best for their children when they decide to get a divorce. What's best for their children, in their minds, may be to stay in the marital home. It's the place the child feels most comfortable, and it's easier to keep a child in one place than to make him or her move between two.

How to make custody exchange comfortable for all

Dealing with a custody arrangement is never easy. Even if you and your former spouse or the other parent of your child still speak, exchanging custody of the children can be stressful. You need to do everything possible to remove stress from the situation each time custody changes hands. You don't want these exchanges to be awkward, tense or filled with animosity. They will only have negative effects on your children.

Don't overlook the pros and cons of a prenuptial agreement

One thing that many people talk about before a marriage is whether a prenuptial agreement is a good idea, or the right idea, for their marriage. For some, asking for a prenuptial agreement may signify that they don't trust their partners, but that shouldn't be the case. In fact, a prenuptial agreement can protect both parties and should be used to do so.

The holidays can still be good during a divorce with proper plans

The holidays can be hard on parents when they're in a loving relationship, but when a divorce is involved, it's a whole different situation. What was once a time to bond with their children could become a time to use their children against one another. This should never happen, but it can and does.

What does focusing on your child's best interests mean?

When you're going through a divorce, it's necessary to put your child first. Regardless of the situation, your child's best interests are paramount. Whether you make a parenting agreement yourself or have a judge order one, the result should be a situation that works in favor of your child.

Choosing adoption: Cost doesn't have to deter you

A forever family is important for children without a home. Adoptive families have the ability to create an environment where a child can thrive while building their own family. There are several steps during the adoption process of which you need to be aware. Perhaps one of the most important is determining the type of adoption you'd like to pursue.

Can you divide equity if you're not married?

If you're friends who want to buy property or live with a boyfriend or girlfriend when you want to purchase a home, then you're in a situation where you'll share an asset. For many people who purchase property in this way, the main concern is, "what happens if the friendship comes to an end?"