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Emotions can run the gamut during divorce

Ending a marriage understandably brings out various emotions. Some people may feel elated that they are getting out of an unhappy and unhealthy relationship, and others may feel sadness and loss due to the lack of companionship they will now face. Some individuals may feel all of these and other emotions about their divorces.

As you go through your divorce, you may try to keep your emotions in check, but you will likely also find yourself struggling at times. This type of situation is common, and it is ok to feel overwhelmed about this major life change. Fortunately, you can help yourself cope with the changes.

Why are Marriage Rates on the Decline?

In recent years, fewer people are getting married because there's a shortage of economically-stable single men. Marriage isn't as popular as it once was. In fact, the marriage rate in the U.S. is the lowest it's been in at least 150 years, reports PBS.

Finalizing Divorce Through Mediation: Consider Your Options

When preparing for divorce mediation, if both parties agree to mediate, you have already won when it comes to your divorce. This is especially true if you have children. While you and your spouse may disagree on many things and may be facing one of the most challenging times in your lives, you both have made the proactive choice to avoid the unnecessary devastation of going to court.
The following are a few tips about how to prepare for divorce mediation. These will assist you in to accomplishing your goals of keeping conflict low, reducing stress, saving a great deal of money on legal fees, maintaining your privacy, and protecting your children from the harm caused by a divorce war. Not to mention, never setting foot in a courtroom.1. Find a Qualified Divorce Mediator

A Few Ways People Make Divorce More Expensive-A Cautionary Tale

The amount of money it takes to support two households after divorce is always going to be higher than the amount of money it takes to support one household during a marriage. That does not mean it is not doable and it does not mean it is not worth it. People often say, "I hear you, but I just want to make sure I get what I am entitled to. I don't trust my spouse not to screw me over if we mediate."

Co-parenting teenagers is challenging -- you can make it easier

With divorce in the future, you may have already tried to find information about co-parenting after divorce. If you have, you probably noticed that much of the information and advice centers around younger children. Since your kids are teenagers, that info is not much help. When it comes to co-parenting teenagers, things are different.

Unlike babies, toddlers and school-aged children, teenagers have unique needs. They are transitioning from childhood to adulthood and have new senses of responsibility and freedom. Parenting a teen through these changes can be difficult enough, but it may feel especially daunting after divorce. Here is how you can make this period of life easier for both you and your child.

PROPERTY DIVISION IN DIVORCE: CAN I GET ANY SEPARATE PROPERTY?

As a general rule, in an Arizona divorce or legal separation, the parties are awarded an equitable distribution of the community property and each party is awarded their respective separate property.  However, sometimes issues of property division can be complicated.

8 Tips for Men Getting a Divorce

Divorce is extremely hard on everyone involved, but it can be especially challenging for those men who do not typically express their emotions. However, you want a support system in place, just like any other major life change. The more you know about what to expect when getting a divorce, the easier the process can be. Here are some key do's and don'ts for men getting a divorce:

Visitation Rights for Non-Parents

Many wonder if they are not a biological or adopted parent (legal parent) of a child, otherwise referred to as non-parents, do they have any rights to have court ordered visitation with a child with whom they share a close bond. The answer is yes. Arizona Revised Statutes Section 25-409 provides for the rights of third parties or non-parents regarding visitation.

Does child custody favor mothers?

The role of fatherhood looks much different than it did even just 10 years ago. Like other men, you are probably more involved in your children's lives than your own father might have been. While this certainly benefits both you and your children, not all family law courts recognize the value in your parental relationship. Even if you are an outstanding and involved father, you could still end up with less parenting time in your child custody agreement.

This is an extremely frustrating situation in which to be. You know that you are a competent father and that being actively involved is in your child's best interest. Unfortunately, 53% of adults in America still think that women are better at caring for kids, however. Only 1% believe that fathers could do a better job.

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