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Bird nesting puts children at the center of the parenting plan

In most divorce scenarios in which kids are involved, the divorcing couple comes up with a parenting plan that includes a schedule of when the children will be with each parent. Usually each spouse will have their own residence and the kids will move between them based on the parenting plan.

However, this approach of having the kids shuffle between the parents can cause tremendous stress for the children. Moving back and forth, sometimes at least once a week, and not really having their own central place can give them sense of displacement and it can take its toll on them emotionally. But what if there was a better way?

Divorce mediation is NOT the same as doing it on your own.

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Many couples are torn when they face divorce. On the one hand, people often want to avoid the conflict, time and costs associated with traditional divorce. On the other hand, there are significant questions about mediation. Will I have to do it on my own? What if my spouse takes advantage of me and I lose out financially?

It is important to know that determining the details of your divorce through mediation is not the same as doing it on your own.

What should you do with your business ownership in divorce?

There are many issues in every divorce. Almost all of them will impact the spouses and children for the rest of their lives.

Of all these important, life-altering decisions, one of the most challenging can be deciding what to do with a business owned by one or both of the couples.

Avoid getting stuck with your ex-spouse’s debts.

When considering a divorce, most people think about protecting their children and the things they own. They want to protect their investments, their cash, their homes, vehicles and other important assets.

This approach makes sense, but there’s another thing not enough people think about in divorce: division of debts. Similar to how assets obtained during the marriage are considered marital property, so also debts accrued during the marriage are shared. It is critical to protect yourself against sharing liability for your ex-spouse’s debts.

Custody granted to three parents.

For almost all of human history we have thought of two parents as the norm. Indeed, in the era of no-fault divorce, most of assume that only two parents at most will share parental custody after a divorce.

However, in a recent case, the judge granted custody to three parents.

Tips for Improving Your Credit Score Following a Divorce or Bankruptcy

Bankruptcy and divorce can not only flip your financial house around, it can also significantly drop your credit score. While your entire financial situation is not solely based on that three digit number, it does play a significant role in your ability to get loans for cars, homes, and credit for purchases.

Ignoring your credit score can cost you a significant amount in additional interest when applying for a loan, so getting your credit score under control is paramount to improving your finances.

This post will discuss a few tips for moving in the right direction following a major life-event such as divorce or bankrupty. 

Are women better at financial planning for divorce?

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In the past 50 years, women's liberation has taught the world just how great women really are. In almost every category involving work performance and economic success, women are at least keeping up with their male counterparts and often surpassing them.

Ohio stands up to unfair civil forfeiture laws

Due process makes a comeback

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The Senate Judiciary Committee has voted to approve Sen. Jeff Sessions as President Trump's pick for Attorney General. Now, the matter will move to the full Senate, for Sessions' confirmation vote. As AG, Sessions will serve as a member of Trump's Cabinet, and will head up the Justice Dept. as the country's top government lawyer. At the DOJ, Sessions will play a major role in law enforcement.

How will we defeat the $1 trillion student loan monster?

Do you know how much outstanding student loan debt there is nationwide?

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The figure is more than $1 trillion.

Some say it's only a matter of time before we have our first American trillionaire. For the rest of us, it takes around 40 million college-educated Americans to reach that number, in the form of outstanding student loan debt.

True or false? In 2017, Ohio drivers can blow through red lights

True, but only under very limited circumstances.

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It's the new year, which means new laws. In Ohio, one of those new laws involves traffic lights. "Drivers can go through red lights under certain situations," according to WHIO News, "but police are cautioning motorists."

The caution is that drivers can only go through red lights if the red lights aren't working as they should.

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