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I Rushed Into a Divorce Agreement and Now I Regret It!

I Rushed Into a Divorce Agreement and Now I Regret It!

Divorce and Family Mediator There are times when spouses make decisions regarding their assets, which they later regret for a variety of reasons:They want the process over and done with. They are afraid of being bullied and think that being generous will make things easier. They want to avoid a big battle which could end up in court. They want to part on good terms because they will be co-parenting and they would prefer a friendly relationship with their former spouse. They feel guilty and think they should compensate their former spouse.Later on, they feel angry and realize that they should have been less generous.What can be done?In mediation couples will ask if, at a later date, they can go to court to make changes to their agreement.The truth is, the courts are not too happy to have people knocking at their door because they changed their mind. If the party can prove:Mental incompetency; ...

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5 Ways to Know Your Kids Are Adapting Well to Your Divorce

5 Ways to Know Your Kids Are Adapting Well to Your Divorce

By Rosalind Sedacca, CDCAs a divorced parent you owe it to your children to diligently watch their behavior, listen to their conversations and be aware of any changes that may be due to challenges related to the divorce. Children can adapt well to life after divorce. But it’s up to you to catch signs they may be confused, anxious, insecure or in other ways having problems in their new reality.Here are 5 ways to know your children are doing well, despite your divorce:1. They continue to thrive at schoolWhen school grades fall or aggressive behavior develops, parents need to be proactive and not wait on the sidelines. Conversations with teachers and school counselors can give you a better perspective on your child’s needs. Don’t hesitate to talk to your children as well to learn more about what’s going on and how they feel about the changes and new challenges in their lives. It’s imperative...

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40 things only divorce lawyers know

40 things only divorce lawyers know

It's no secret that divorce is a stressful experience. While it's natural to feel grief about the dissolution of a marriage, spouses also need to consider the more practical implications when a household dissolves.From divvying up assets to creating custody arrangements, the path from wedding bliss to peaceful divorce can be a long one. Here are 40 divorce secrets from the experts to help you on your journey and keep you from losing too much money on your separation.View Slideshow »...

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Holiday Coping Tips For Divorced Parents Who Are Apart From Their Children

Holiday Coping Tips For Divorced Parents Who Are Apart From Their Children

One of the saddest consequences of divorce for parents is the alone-time when your children are visiting their other parent. While short-term periods when the kids are away can be a welcome respite for an over-scheduled single parent, that’s not always the case. For many parents the intervals between seeing the children can be long and lonely. This is especially so during the holiday season which can become a particularly challenging time – made even more difficult when friends and neighbors are busy with their own family gatherings.It’s really important for parents who are alone during the winter holidays to get creative and absorbed in activities that you find personally fulfilling. This time of year can also be an opportunity to reflect on meeting your own needs and finding friends and activities that bring joy into your life on a personal level rather than a parental level.Among the greatest challenges divorced parents face is avoiding depression...

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A New Normal: Divorce and the Holidays

Navigating the Holidays

The holidays may be hard to navigate for divorced families– especially in the beginning – know that you are not alone and that you and your children will adjust to the new normal as time goes on.Here are a few tips to help the transition for all members of the family be a little bit easier:Listen to your child’s concerns. Keep old traditions and start some new ones. Maintain the sense of family.Happy Holidays to you and yours from us.We are here to help in all aspects of family law. For more information call (717) 422-5209....

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