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How to negotiate a custody schedule that works for your family

World leaders have often tragically discovered what the opposite of negotiation is. It’s been said that when you cannot negotiate, when you cannot talk, when you cannot reach agreements, then you have war. When it comes to your children, you don’t want to drag them into a war. You’ll want to negotiate.

Research has shown that high levels of conflict—both during and after the divorce—between parents contribute to poorer adjustment in children. Finding a way for both of you to agree and avoid litigation, your children will be spared the drama. Alternative dispute resolution methods such as collaborative divorce and mediation offer a way to stay out of the courtroom and promote positive communication, leading to an agreement you both can live with.

Divorce In Texas: What You Need To Know To Protect Your Rights

Texas is one of several states that uses the rules of community property to determine the split of assets and debts in the event of a divorce. Here’s what you need to know to make sure you get your fair share.

What Is Community Property?

Estate planning: the top 3 misconceptions

Estate planning is essentially the process by which you determine how to distribute your assets once you pass away. Although it might at first sound like a grim topic, it’s actually about life; what you have built over the years can help your loved ones live comfortably after you’re gone.

Many people, especially young adults, might not think about estate planning. However, tragedy can happen at any moment. A will or trust can protect your parents, spouse and children from losing access to your belongings and property. You can also draft a document to tell doctors what to do if you are in critical condition or can’t make health decisions for yourself, called a living will or advance healthcare directive. Getting past the misunderstandings about estate planning can help you prepare for the future.

What to do about late-in-life money arguments

You may no longer be romantically involved with your ex-spouse, but that doesn't mean that their finances don't affect you. Couples who have divorced or are divorcing can still have arguments about finances, even if they have remained amicable. Older couples in particular face unique challenges regarding money, investments and retirement.

Here, we'll take a look at some of the most common late-in-life arguments about money, and some tips to help you cope with them.

Fathers and child custody arrangements in Texas

During divorce, many Texas fathers worry that splitting from their spouse will result in a split from their children. Traditionally, a mother was granted custody of her children after divorce, and a father’s involvement was limited.

Fortunately for fathers, this practice shifted as they increasingly asserted their parental rights. Courts acknowledge that it is in the child’s best interest to spend time with both parents. What can fathers expect during the custody process?

Divorce: who will keep the house?

During a divorce, your world turns upside down. You are already losing your spouse, now you worry that you also have to lose your home.

Most couples worry about their house’s fate as they consider diving up marital property. Your home is a key part of your day-to-day life, and you do not want to have to give it up. How does Texas decide which spouse will stay and which will go?

5 things to know about appointing your child’s guardian

You and your spouse are young and healthy. You are busy juggling work and taking care of your children. Writing a will may be the last thing on your mind. However, all parents should prepare a will in case of an emergency.

You need to establish who will take care of your children in case of death, or incidents that leave you incapacitated. What 5 things should you consider when choosing a guardian?

Questions To Consider Before Filing For A Divorce

Coming to a divorce can be a harrowing decision. Many couples struggle with coming to the conclusion, weighing many factors, including personal and financial ones. If kids are involved, a difficult decision can become nearly impossible. Yet, nearly half of all married couples eventually seek divorce. With that decision can come a slew of headaches, from custody plans to alimony. So in most circumstances, couples should discuss the decision in depth before committing to undo their commitment.

According to the New York Times, there are several important questions—eleven, according to the paper, but for couples seeking a divorce, that number may as well be a million—that couples should as each other before terminating their marriage. Below are some of the most pressing ones.

Is Your Spouse Hiding Money?

Not all marriages are based on trust. One spouse may hide assets or money in an attempt to leave the marriage with them. Unfortunately this happens more than it should. A 2015 report from CNBC stated that about 7.2 million Americans have hidden accounts — in a bank or credit card — that are unknown to their spouse or partner.

What to Do if You Suspect Hidden Assets