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Watching your words around loved ones who are divorcing

When an individual decides to divorce his or her spouse, that individual's loved ones often question how they can best be of service during this time of transition. If one of your loved ones is seeking a divorce or has recently finalized one, the most important thing you can do is be supportive in the ways that your loved one needs you to be. Note that your loved one may need you to be supportive in ways that are foreign to you and ways that may differ significantly from what you would need in the same situation.

What poor sleep during your divorce may cost you

There are many reasons why you may be tossing and turning at night in the wake of your decision to divorce. First, you may be worried about how the divorce will affect your kids, your finances, your relationships with mutual loved ones, your living situation and any number of other fixtures in your life. Second, you may simultaneously physically exhausted and mentally amped up from the stress you are under. Finally, you may simply have trouble sleeping because you are not used to being in bed alone.

Thinking about reclaiming your maiden name post-divorce?

When you married, you may have opted to take your spouse's last name for any number of reasons. Perhaps you felt that it would bond you in a unique way. Perhaps you thought it would be convenient. Or perhaps you just preferred your spouse's last name to your own. Whatever the reason was that you opted to take your spouse's name, it was your choice to make. And now that you have decided to divorce, it remains your decision whether to reclaim your former name or to keep your current name.

Is it time to start thinking about divorce?

We frequently write about the divorce process and all that it entails. An attorney experienced in family law can generally speak at length about the legal aspects of the divorce process and about the various approaches couples take when filing for divorce. However, no attorney can tell you with any kind of certainty whether or not you should file for divorce. That decision is up to you.

Why you need a divorce lawyer, even for amicable divorces

If you and your spouse have decided to go your separate ways, you likely already have a strong sense about whether or not you are going to be able to divorce amicably. Of course, sometimes tensions can cool and calmer heads can prevail in heated situations. Conversely, revelations and changes of heart can inspire amicable processes to turn contentious in a heartbeat. However, many spouses correctly assess whether or not they will be able to successfully navigate divorce mediation or will need to litigate their divorces from early in the process.

Preparing emotionally for the divorce mediation process

We frequently write about various challenges traditionally associated with the divorce process. Those individuals who choose to mediate their divorces tend to be able to sidestep a number of these challenges including complex litigation sessions and a divorce settlement that is ultimately determined by a judge as opposed to the parties affected by the process.

Divorced? Ways you can aid loved ones who are divorcing now

If you have navigated the highs and lows of divorce, you almost certainly understand how critical it is to have a strong support system in place during the transition from married life to single life. However, you also almost certainly understand that not all support systems are created equal. Sometimes even the most well-intentioned loved ones can make aspects of the divorce process more difficult simply by approaching the art of support in certain ways.

Will you 'graduate' from the school of divorce mediation in 2014?

Graduation season is upon us. All over the nation, preschoolers, kindergarteners, high school students, college students and grad students are preparing to accept their diplomas. Graduation marks a significant transition from one life phase to the next. So does divorce. Although your shift from married life to single life may not include a celebratory ceremony attended by wise speakers, there is much wisdom to take from this transitional experience.

How to support a loved one navigating his or her divorce

It is never easy to watch loved ones struggle. Sometimes individuals need to fight their way through certain life events, but this necessity rarely makes it easier to observe. For example, choosing to divorce may be the healthiest choice that a particular loved one can make given his or her unique situation. However, watching someone you care about navigate the heartbreak of divorce can feel devastating.

Tips to ease the stressors of a Maryland divorce

When a Marylander who is getting divorced or considering divorce thinks about all the work to be done and the issues to be addressed, he or she may feel overwhelmed. Property must be classified, valuated and divided, child custody arrangements must be made, and child support and alimony must be determined. Though the marriage dissolution process may leave one feeling stressed, there are certain steps that may help ease the burden.

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