The holidays are a time for family and celebration. If you’re dealing with a strained relationship, and you plan to file for divorce, the season that normally brings cheer only makes things more difficult. If children are involved, things can be even more unbearable. Here are a few tips to help you make it through.
The saying “choose your battles” might apply to any divorce proceeding, but it’s especially pertinent to those involving high net worth. Wealthy couples may need to manage more material assets and property, and divorce often becomes a matter of preserving reputation. Whether you own a profitable business that must be split or oversee sprawling real estate holdings, here are four potential obstacles in your way—and what to do about them:
After filing for divorce, you might find that news travels quickly through your community. In an ideal world, your friends, family and colleagues would respect your space and avoid pressing you uncomfortably about what happened or gossiping about the separation. Alas, we do not live in an ideal world. It’s helpful psychologically to prepare to encounter invasive, even offensive questioning.
Perhaps your ex posted intimate pictures of you on Facebook, stalked you and a date at a restaurant, or spread bizarre rumors about you to your family. Take these immediate steps after your spouse crosses the line...
Divorce challenges people emotionally, financially, spiritually and logistically. Separating from someone you once loved (and possibly still do) is never simple. However, some situations are irreducibly more complex than others. An amicable split between two consenting partners, for instance, will generally be easier to negotiate than a divorce involving allegations of infidelity; or a situation in which there’s such fundamental mistrust that alternative dispute resolution solutions — such as mediation or collaborative — are not even on the table.
Since the dawn of time (okay, not that long) parents have stressed about how to cover the costs of higher education for their children. This issue becomes even more salient in light of a divorce. Single or married parents may choose to fund a child’s college education, but divorced parents’ actions are often constrained by the conditions of a divorce decree. For divorced parents, the question becomes more than just how, but who?
You’ve gone over the situation in your head dozens of times. You’ve worked with your spouse, you've tried couples therapy. And now it’s time to act. Use this checklist to regain a sense of control...
Earlier this year, a new law went into effect in Alaska requiring courts to take an animal's well-being into consideration in the event of a divorce. It also allows judges to assign joint custody of pets. A Rhode Island lawmaker introduced a similar bill in late February.