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Books to help your kids through the divorce

When parents are divorcing, their kids can feel alone and not know who to talk to or what to do. This is where a good book can make all the difference in the world.

From picture books to young adult novels, the world of “kid-lit” is full of books about every subject, from every perspective, including divorce. To help you get the materials you need to help your kid, here are is a list of some new and classic books that you may want to give your child.

If I place my child for adoption, can they find me someday?

It is a difficult decision to place a child for adoption, with competing emotions and desires. If you are pregnant or have recently given birth, one of the main questions you have may be whether you will ever see your baby again.

Open adoptions are very popular among birth parents and adoptive parents, especially as social science has indicated how beneficial it is for all parties. In these adoptions, both parties communicate regularly with one another and often the biological parents can be part of the child's life. 

Navigating holiday scheduling after a divorce

The first holiday after a divorce can be extremely difficult. It can become even more complicated when children are involved. Where will your children spend the holidays now? Will you spend the holidays completely alone? What if you and your ex-spouse both want to spend the same holidays with your children?

Every divorced parent has asked themselves these questions at some point. Consider the following three tips as you plan your holiday schedule after a divorce: 

How to deal with the stress of a divorce

Whether or not the divorce was your idea, going through a divorce is difficult. Even if you are happy to be leaving a bad marriage, you may feel sad that it did not work out. If you tried to make it work, you are experiencing feelings of frustration, sorrow and maybe even anger. More than likely, you are feeling some combination of these emotions. You are also probably feeling stressed.

During a divorce, unknown factors can cause stress, like worrying about how your assets will be divided or who will get primary custody of the children. Then there are the known stressors like that one or both or you must move out of the house and that you are being forced to start over. Worrying about these concerns produces an incredible amount of stress. Here are a few ideas to help you cope with feelings of stress during a divorce.

Three misconceptions about divorce mediation

Many people going through a divorce want to try to avoid a courtroom battle. Even though you and your former partner do not want to be together, it does not mean you want to fight tooth and nail for every piece of silverware.

One alternative to court is mediation. A mediator is a neutral third party that meets with you and your former partner to encourage discussion and compromise. The mediator helps you talk through issues and ultimately reach an agreement concerning your divorce.

Considering divorce? Proceed with caution during the school year

Most people have some memories from the first day of school. Excitement, nervousness and anxiety all tangle up in a big ball of emotions. A new school year brings about new friends, new teachers and a new schedule. It’s a lot to take in. Children are especially vulnerable during this time. They are hitting growth spurts, learning life lessons and dealing with unique challenges.

Are you ready for new tax law's effects on prenups?

There has been a great deal of news coverage in recent months on one particular provision of the tax law changes passed by Congress and signed into law at the end of last year. It's the one on how spousal support payments and income will be taxed by the IRS starting next year.

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5 reasons marriages end and why

It’s unfortunate, but marriages that once seemed promising can find themselves in places where they can’t go on. Divorce is a difficult subject to grapple with. People associate it with pain, anger, failure and other bad feelings. Divorce never comes without a reason, though.

If you are concerned that things are becoming rocky in your relationship, consider a few of these common reasons people find themselves ending their marriages.

Unique divorce considerations for same-sex couples

Since June of 2015, love has been the law of the land in all 50 states.

Now, more than 10.7 million LGBTQ adults in the U.S. are among the first generation truly able to decide whether or not they want to become same-sex parents. The resulting growth in the number of beautiful new families formed in loving households across the U.S. is truly inspirational.

Avoiding the Health Risks Associated With Divorce

Everyone knows that divorce and separation can have a serious financial and emotional toll on everyone involved. But what a lot of people entering into divorce don’t realize is that divorce can also have a tremendously negative health impact, as well.

It is important for people facing divorce to understand the risks and take steps to avoid the health consequences associated with divorce.

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