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How do I know if my marriage is over?

Almost all married couples go through difficult periods where they question whether they should continue to reside with their spouse. Hardships in life can present new challenges and cause even the strongest partnerships to become distant.

Those who eventually file for a divorce often spend months or even years debating whether they should take action. It takes a huge amount of courage to take action on something like a divorce, but if you believe that it will improve the lives of yourself and your children, you should seriously think about it. The following are some of the things you should consider when deciding to end your marriage.

Can I continue to parent my stepchildren after divorce?

One of the hardest parts of a divorce is making sure that the children in the family can move forward positively and maintain their relationship with their parental figures. If you are a stepparent, you likely have a strong bond with your stepchildren, and you will, therefore, be worried about losing that connection.

If you have not legally adopted your stepchild, you will not be considered to be their parent under the law. However, the child custody courts make custody decisions not only on legal parental figures but on what circumstances are in the best interests of the child. The following are some things you should know if you want to gain visitation rights with your stepchildren after divorce.

How to be a co-parent during the school year

Being a co-parent is not an easy situation in which to be no matter how old your children are right now. It can be especially difficult when your children are still young and in school. Somehow, someway, the two of you need to show a unified front when dealing with school issues, events and more. Let's explore how you can co-parent successfully during the school year in today's post.

Make sure your child's teacher has the phone numbers and email addresses of both parents. Both of you should be included in communication with the teacher about your child. This includes knowing when parent-teacher conferences are being held, which should be attended by both of you at the same time.

The process of modifying a divorce decree

If you have already finalized your divorce, you may have some regrets. There could be certain things that you are dissatisfied with, or you may believe that the divorce courts made a decision that does not apply to your current circumstances.

If you are unhappy with some aspects of your divorce decree, it could be possible for you to modify your divorce judgment. In order to do this, you must follow a specific process.

Should I pursue an uncontested divorce?

When going through a divorce, there are infinite ways to approach the process. However, generally speaking, all of these approaches will fall into two main categories: contested and uncontested divorces.

A contested divorce means that spouses enter a dispute regarding one or more details in the divorce. This could be a dispute about child custody, property distribution or spousal support. An uncontested divorce means that both spouses agree that going through a divorce is the best way forward, and they agree to work through issues together.

Will my parent-child relationship change after divorce?

When two parents go through a divorce, a huge shift occurs in the entire family dynamic. The children in the family may have to make a rapid adjustment when it comes to their living arrangements going forward, and they also learn to have different expectations of their parents.

While a divorce can be tough for kids, it is possible for divorcing parents to handle the process in a way that minimizes the negative impact on the children. The following are some ways in which a parent-child relationship can change after a divorce, and what you can do about it.

How to handle the emotional stress of divorce

Divorce is usually an emotional rollercoaster for both parties involved. There is probably a good reason why you are choosing to get divorced, and therefore, some part of you is likely feeling relief to be out of an unhealthy relationship. But at the same time, you are probably feeling fearful about the future, worrying about how your children will cope with the changes and stressing about financial issues.

You must take time for yourself amid the chaos of divorce. While it may feel impossible to do since you feel busier than ever, taking just a few minutes per day and investing them into your mental health can have a wonderful effect.

How is debt divided in an Oregon divorce?

When two people go through a divorce, they need to go through the process of dividing up assets. In Oregon, divorce laws dictate that this should be done equitably, meaning that the courts can decide on the way that assets should be distributed between spouses.

There is often a large emphasis on the division of assets and the importance of making sure that you gain a fair share. While this is indisputably crucial to your financial future, you should not forget that any debts that are defined as marital property will be subject to division, too.

Can a career change lead to a child custody modification?

Child custody arrangements are designed to be modified in accordance with the changing needs of the child based on current circumstances. Therefore, when changes occur in a child's life or the lives of their parents, the current child custody arrangement may need to be reconsidered. The career of a parent can heavily impact their ability to financially provide for their child. But it can also impact their schedule and the amount of physical and emotional support that they can offer.

If you or the other parent has recently had a change in employment, you may want to request a child custody modification as a result. However, before doing so, you should make sure that there has been a sufficient change in circumstances.

Financial challenges that are associated with divorce

Going through a divorce has the potential to impact your life in many ways, both positively and negatively. One of the ways that divorce can impact you is from a financial perspective. This is in part because so many changes will take place in your life that will potentially impact your assets and bank balance.

For example, if you no longer have full custody of your children, you may be subject to lower expenses relating to your dependents. However, you will possibly also be ordered to pay child support, which may also impact your cash flow. There are also other significant things to consider such as alimony and asset division. The following are some financial challenges that you may face in a typical divorce.

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