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Why couples should be wary of gimmicky divorce trends

For as long as it has been around, reality television has never truly been an accurate reflection of reality – at least not the reality that most of us experience. But as reality shows become more and more gimmicky and provocative, a cultural change is starting to occur. Viewers are actually starting to imitate the content of these shows rather than vice versa.

Doing things the reality-television way is usually not a good idea. And a new reality show making its way to the U.S. seems to be no exception. The show, called “Divorce Hotel,” promises that couples can check into a hotel married and check out divorced. Their divorce is mediated over the course of a long weekend.

Prenuptial agreements don't always hold up to legal challenges

A prenuptial agreement can be a great way to protect yourself and your assets in the event of a divorce. More couples are recognizing the value of these documents as divorce rates remain high across the United States.

It is commonly understood that a prenuptial agreement discussion with your betrothed needs to be approached carefully in order to avoid hurt feelings and a potential rift in the relationship. But not everyone realizes that the drafting and signing of the document needs to be handled with even greater thoughtfulness and consideration. Otherwise, the agreement may not be enforceable if challenged in court.

The new 'typical' American family? There isn't one

When you were growing up, did you ever worry that your family wasn’t “normal?” As an adult, do you sometimes wonder if you are giving your kids the “typical” family experience? Most of us have thoughts like this at one point or another. We tend to compare our own situations to an archetype of what we perceive that a family should be.

If you feel like your family doesn’t meet the standard of “typical,” Here’s some good news: Typical families no longer exist. That’s according to one sociologist’s recently published study entitled “The Family: Diversity, Inequality, and Social Change.”

Billionaire's divorce settlement hinges on marital asset questions

Like many states, North Carolina has laws that call for “equitable distribution” of both assets and debts during a divorce. It’s important to note that equitable doesn't necessarily mean that the split will be 50-50.

Before property can be divided between spouses, an inventory is necessary to determine which property is separate and which is considered marital property. This isn't always an easy determination to make, but the way in which certain assets are classified can make a huge difference in the outcome of the divorce settlement.

How divorced parents can help their kids get back to school: Part II

In our last post, we began a discussion about helping your kids transition into a new school year. This is help that all kids need at one time or another. But if you have recently finalized a divorce and child custody agreement, the transition into a new school year can be especially rocky. Thankfully, however, it doesn’t have to be.

We have already discussed the need to stick to a consistent custody schedule and the benefits of keeping consistent rules and bedtimes between households. Today we’ll talk about one of the most important factors in any parenting or co-parenting relationship: communication.

How divorced parents can help their kids get back to school: Part I

Labor Day weekend is coming up in just a few days, which means that students across North Carolina will soon be starting a new school year (if they haven’t already). There are many challenges kids face with the start of a new year. Some will be transitioning to a new school, and others will be starting school for the first time. Still others will be starting the school year with divorced parents.

If you and your ex-spouse have recently finalized a divorce and child custody agreement, the new school year is likely to be stressful for the whole family. This week, we’ll discuss some strategies for helping your kids as they navigate your divorce, two households and a new school year.

Getting a divorce? Who will get custody of the family dog or cat?

If you’re like most American pet owners, your dog or cat is considered a part of the family. In some cases, pets are loved as much as children. For couples without kids, pets can be surrogate children.

In light of the important relationship that pet owners have with their beloved companion animals, it should come as no surprise that pet custody can be a contentious issue in divorce. Unfortunately, this issue can be particularly tricky depending on where you get divorced, as laws governing pet custody are lacking in many states.

Destroying the parent-child relationship: Parental Alienation Syndrome

Earlier this week, we began a discussion about the problems of “parental gatekeeping” and “Parental Alienation Syndrome.” Both involve attempts by one parent to restrict the other parent’s access to the children, as well as attempts to damage or destroy said relationships. PAS is considered a more extreme form of parental gatekeeping.

Although PAS is still somewhat controversial as an official diagnosis, the behaviors it describes are commonly seen by family law attorneys and judges. It may begin before during, or after divorce.

Destroying the parent-child relationship: Parental gatekeeping

Child custody disputes can continue long after a court ruling has been made. Sadly, one parent in the dispute is generally the “winner” while the other parent suffers the consequences associated with losing. And when these disputes occur, children never win.

In this week’s posts, we talk about two terms that are becoming more common in family law. The first is “parental gatekeeping.” The second is “Parental Alienation Syndrome.” Both of these terms describe different degrees of the same phenomenon, and both can have a profoundly negative impact on kids.

Changing your name after divorce part II: Logistical considerations

In our last post, we began a discussion about the pros and cons of changing your name after getting divorced. This most often applies to women, but some couples do choose to combine and hyphenate their last names.

If you are a woman who is getting divorced and considering a name change, you may be worried about the logistics of that decision. Today, we'll talk about how to smooth the transition and minimize problems that could come with a name change.

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