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When do 50-50 parenting schedules work best?

A 50-50 parenting schedule works best for parents when both of them want to spend as much time with their children as possible. Modern family psychologists also agree that children benefit from spending equal time with both parents, and that a 50-50 parenting schedule where children spend equal time living in both parents homes can actually work quite well here in the Washington, D.C. area, and elsewhere.

That said, parents will want to take some time to consider their unique situations to determine if a 50-50 schedule is truly practical.

Co-parenting decisions are best determined in private

One of the most difficult aspects of a divorce that involves minor children is coming up with the child custody agreement. Some people tend to air out their frustrations to other people but doing this can be counterproductive. Instead, most people should take a note from the Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie divorce. The former power couple is working things out in private instead of involving everyone around them.

Divorces that involve children will need customized approaches to the child custody issues. In the Brangelina case, the children are adopted but this doesn't mean they are treated differently from biological kids. No matter how your children came into your family, you will have to come up with a parenting plan. Here are some points to know about the co-parenting model.

The best tips for asking for a prenuptial agreement

As you think about your wedding day, you may come to the conclusion that you should create a prenuptial agreement. While this sounds good in your mind, there's something you need to know: Your soon to be spouse may not be as excited as you.

Of course, this shouldn't stop you from discussing the benefits of a prenuptial agreement. You still need to sit down with your partner, talk about your feelings and decide how to best move forward.

Does your divorce pose a threat to your business?

Divorcing is rarely easy, but for those who own a business, it can quickly turn into a nightmare, not only for the divorcing spouses but for those who depend on the business. If you and your spouse face a divorce and you worry about the implications for your business, it is wise to understand how the law affects your circumstances before you begin building your divorce strategy.

Depending on the steps you took to protect the business from a potential divorce, when you created the business, and the involvement of your spouse in the business, you may find it difficult to keep the business off the table during property division. If keeping the business intact is a priority, an experienced attorney can help you assess your strengths and weaknesses in the divorce and build a strategy that focuses on protecting your rights and as well as the business.

Tips for divorcing dads: How to survive the process

Divorcing dads -- just like all divorcing spouses -- will face a host of difficult emotions. They may find themselves worried about losing time with their kids, losing part of their financial savings and they could be tempted to engage in retaliatory arguments and unnecessary court battles with exes.

Fortunately, there's a better way to navigate your divorce.

Are you considering divorce for one of these reasons?

Many people think that divorce is a result of infidelity, but the truth is that couples divorce for a myriad of reasons. In other words, if you are considering divorce, your reasons are probably just as valid as someone else's, even if your husband was not cheating on you. It could be as simple as the two of you just not loving each other anymore or you might have many very complicated reasons for wanting out of the marriage.

Just as each relationship is unique, so are no two divorces exactly like. The following are some of the most typical reasons people divorce.

Where should I file my divorce?

Imagine you got married in New York, but now you live in Washington, D.C. Depending where you lived when you got married, and where you live now, it could be confusing to know where you should file for your divorce.

The question of where you file your paperwork relates to "court jurisdiction." Essentially, you need to determine which court currently holds jurisdiction over your case -- or, which court has the power to rule on your divorce.

Can I adopt a child?

Local, state and federal governments try to organize the adoption process so that any adult -- who will potentially make a great parent -- can bring a child into his or her home.

However, there are some general requirements that adoptive parents need to meet before they can adopt. It's important for prospective parents to understand these requirements before they engage on the adoption of a child.

What lessons can you learn from celebrity divorces?

The past two years have certainly seen plenty of celebrity divorces. Some of those weren't a huge shock, but others blindsided fans.

Long-term marriages like the more than two decades Cuba Gooding Jr. and Sara Kapfer had before their split and much shorter marriages like the less than two years that Kaley Cuoco and Ryan Sweeting were married all had some good lessons for the public when the couples called it quits.

Gray divorces near retirement can create serious financial strain

Divorce is incredibly common these days. There was a time, no so long ago, when divorce was largely relegated to younger couples. These days, however, it is much more common for older couples to divorce, even after years of marriage. There are many factors that can contribute to later in life divorces, such as empty nest issues, the pressure of re-learning one another after retirement or just growing apart over the years. Some studies indicate that both spouses retiring can increase the chance of divorce.

This trend of divorcing after longer marriages and later in life has played out in popular culture, just as it does in real life every day. For example, Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas recently divorced after eighteen years of marriage, while both were nearing the standard retirement age. However, the average couple divorcing in their late 40s, 50s or 60s will not have the financial assets that stars can rely on during divorce. Gray divorce can have a powerful impact on your retirement funds.

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