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Mistakes to avoid in a divorce to keep you from losing it all

You may be in for a rude awakening if you think the biggest mistake you ever made in life is to marry your partner. Once you file for divorce in New York, you can never be certain as to what will happen, or the emotional reaction from your partner. What may have been an amicable split can turn into a situation that is full of stress, frustration and strife.

Often, neither of you wants the other to get their fair share of marital assets or custody of the children and pets. Either party may be willing to go so far as to consider not disclosing all of the assets and income to achieve their goal. This is a huge mistake that will lead to more litigation and problems. Before anyone gets too caught up in all the drama and games, review the following mistakes to avoid in divorce.

Back to school co-parenting strategies

Co-parenting is a wonderful skill that the best parents seek to master for the betterment of their children. Summertime can be hectic for divorced parents. The end of summer and back-to-school time can be particularly stressful for both children and parents.

The Huffington Post noted that there are several back-to-school issues that divorced parents should address to help their co-parenting plan continue to function smoothly - even if the parents live far apart. Keeping these helpful pointers in mind can help both parents feel involved and promote the happiness and well-being of the children.

When is legal separation preferable to divorce?

There is good news in the marriage world. Across the country, divorce rates are on the decline. In fact, New York Daily News reports that divorce rates are the lowest they have been in 35 years.

While divorces still occur, many couples are looking toward alternatives, such as legal separation. A legal separation occurs when two spouses have a settlement or property settlement agreement which resolves all their financial concerns and all issues regarding the children. The two spouses are still legally married, but the spouses live separately and have an agreement on the custody and visitation of their children.

3 tips for dealing with child custody over summer

The weather has warmed up and the kids are done with school. It's officially summer! When you have children, your daily routine gets upended during the summer months. It can get complicated planning a summer vacation, but it can become especially difficult if you are recently divorced and have to worry about your child custody agreement on top of everything else.

Your summer vacation is supposed to be fun and not full of fights with your ex about custody. Keep reading for some tips to deal with these problems head on so you don't have to worry about them down the road.

How an ex-spouse's criminal charge can change your life

No matter if you received your final divorce decree last month or 10 years ago, it can be a nasty surprise to learn that your ex-spouse has a criminal charge pending. It could be for DUI or DWI, embezzlement or something else altogether.

The point is that this charge has the potential to drastically change your life. Here's how:

Co-parenting considerations for summertime

When summer is in full swing, the days get longer and (hopefully) sunnier. This is usually a good thing, right? However, summer often poses challenges to some co-parenting plans. Even those plans that addressed summer may no longer work.

Schedules may very well have changed. Vacations may throw schedules off kilter. Perhaps the children have summer camps or other full-day enrichment programs that were not included in the overall scheme. Similarly, a parent may be off work during the summer and want the children during days that would normally be "off weeks" in joint custody situations.

Who gets to keep the cat (or dog) in a divorce in New York State?

Divorce is as much a part of current society as marriage - and even the friendliest of divorces can become incredibly complicated. In addition to the division of real estate, investment portfolios, personal property and debts, divorces now often involve custody of and access to the pets.

Many consider their pets an integral part of the family. During a divorce, it can be tough to decide who will keep the cat, dog or other family animal. If you and your spouse cannot agree on who gets to keep Fido or Fifi, here are a few of the guidelines that govern placement of a pet when a divorce occurs.

Child custody and co-parenting concerns in New York State

You and your spouse have decided it's time to file for divorce. Your main concern now is your children. You are relieved they won't have to see you and your spouse fighting any longer, but you worry about their adjustment to a new living situation and your parenting options.

As you consider the best way to co-parent - and what's best for your children - here are three important considerations. 

Filing for divorce in New York

The last few months have been tough. Over the Holidays, the constant bickering and fighting with your spouse put additional strain on your already rocky relationship. The calm of January may have lulled you into believing you were back on solid ground. But then the verbal blow-up at the restaurant over Valentine's Day dinner led to the big talk - that dreaded conversation about divorce.

The foundation of your family is crumbing. Both you and your spouse agree it will be best for everyone to file for divorce.

What you need to know about annulments in New York

Are you in a bad marriage and need to get out? Is it time to move forward with your life and strive for that "happily ever after" promised in fairy tales? If you're in a legally binding marriage, your path out is through divorce. If, however, your marriage was legally void or voidable from the outset, your road to freedom may be through annulment.

Unlike a divorce, which legally dissolves or ends a marriage, an annulment is legal recognition that a legitimate marriage never took place. Sure, there may have been a wedding ceremony, but the marriage itself was legally unsound and may be declared invalid from the beginning. If your marriage is annulled, it's almost as if your story has been re-written.

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