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Warning signs that you may want to modify your child support

In many modern divorces in Maryland or Washington DC, child support will be a contentious issue for both spouses. It is also one of the few terms of a divorce that you may have the option of changing after the final decree from the family courts. Of course, child support issues can also arise between parents who never married to begin with.

Whether you are the parent paying support or the one receiving support payments, if you believe that the amount does not reflect your current financial situation or the situation of the other parent accurately, it may be time to request a modification. Modifications are formal changes to the existing court order that adjust the amount of support paid.

Here's what to do when a co-parent won't cooperate

Co-parents need to be able work together so the situation can turn complicated if one parent refuses to cooperate. Often, the uncooperative person thinks they are hurting the other parent but they are really harming their child. It is imperative that both adults work as a team so the child can have what they need despite their parents' divorce.

When you realize that your ex isn't going to cooperate with the co-parenting relationship, you have to plan your next steps. These aren't going to be the same for every situation, but you can customize the relationship to fit your needs.

Celebrity divorces: Don't fall into the trap that media shows you

You and your spouse are well off, but you're not celebrities. You have a lot of assets, but you also don't want to lose them fighting over how to share them.

When you look at the media, you see people fighting tooth and nail for exactly what they want in divorce. You see people having largely frustrating and drawn-out divorces. Does that have to mean your divorce is the same way? No, it doesn't.

What if a parent does not obey a custody order?

Learning how to share child-raising privileges and responsibilities with another parent is one of the most difficult aspects of divorce or separation. Many parents want to spend as much time as possible with their child, often violating the other parent's rights in the process. When parents disobey a custody order or parenting plan, they may find themselves out of favor with courts, and may even face legal consequences.

Protecting time with your child is a fundamental desire for a parent to have. However, when one parent oversteps the boundaries of a custody order, they not only invite punishment from a family court, they also violate the rights of the other parent. If you believe that your child's other parent violates your parenting rights with their behavior, it is important to build a strong legal strategy to protect your rights and needs of your child. With proper preparation and documentation, you may have opportunities to use the law to keep your parenting time secure.

Tips for working with your ex to raise children

Co-parenting isn't something that any parent is likely going to think is easy. Not only do you have the normal demands of parenthood, you also have to deal with your ex about how to handle various matters. This is where a big challenge comes into the picture.

One thing that can make your time as a co-parent easier is how you approach the arrangement. If you come into it with a positive attitude and a determination to make it work, you might find that it is easier. While you can't control your ex's actions, you can find peace within yourself knowing that you are doing what's best for your children.

Reviewing your prenuptial agreement before divorce

A well-crafted prenuptial agreement can save couples thousands of dollars and months of frustrating time when divorce is on the table. However, simply having a prenuptial agreement in place is not a guarantee of a smooth, relatively quick divorce process. If the agreement has weaknesses, one or both spouses may have room to argue that some or all of the agreement is invalid, which can create opportunities to renegotiate terms.

Spouses who see divorce on the horizon may find it tempting to simply pull the prenuptial agreement out of the filing cabinet and start packing up their personal belongings. Instead, it is wise to review these documents to understand any weaknesses that may cause problems as you build your divorce strategy. If you anticipate a divorce in your near future, a strong strategy helps keep your priorities in line and allows you to focus on protecting your rights in Washington, D.C., and the ones you love during a difficult personal season.

A parenting agreement is critical to your future

Protecting your children during and after your divorce is of utmost importance. Neglecting to do so can affect your children for the rest of their lives.

While there's no guaranteed way to avoid disputes with your ex-spouse in the future, a parenting agreement can go a long way in keeping you on the same page.

Can you share pet custody in divorce like celebrities do?

A popular young celebrity announcing the split from their spouse recently included a statement about custody of their pets. In their official announcement of the end of their union, they felt it was important to announce that they would share custody of their pets with their ex. While that might seem like celebrity nonsense on the surface, it's an increasingly common trend in divorce.

Anyone who has opened their home up to a companion animal can understand why celebrities address concerns about their pets in divorce. Even if you have children, or perhaps particularly if you do have children with an emotional attachment to your pet, you may worry about the outcome of your divorce on your ability to see or spend time with your pet.

Should you create a postnuptial agreement?

If you missed the opportunity to create a prenuptial agreement, you're not out of luck. Instead, you should consider the finer details of creating a postnuptial agreement.

As the name suggests, a postnuptial agreement is one that you create after you tie the knot. This gives you the opportunity to work at your own pace, as you don't have the deadline of your wedding day staring you in the face.

Celebrities raise the bar on co-parenting after divorce

If you're going through a divorce, you might feel like it takes all of your inner strength to have a civil conversation with your spouse. You feel hurt and angry. You have both said things that you regret.

At the same time, though, you know that you can never fully cut yourself off from your ex. The two of you are parents, and you will always have kids together. Is it possible to get along for the sake of the children? What do you need to know about co-parenting?

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