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Ensuring your post-divorce financial stability

More and more divorcing spouses are examining the financial aspects of their divorce proceedings. These fiscally responsible individuals want to survive the dissolution of their marriages with their finances intact, and they're turning to financial planners to help them do just that.

Financial planners throughout Washington, D.C., and the rest of the United States have responded by offering various divorce planning financial solutions. Some planners even hold themselves out to specialize in divorce financial planning.

Is your prenuptial agreement a valid legal document?

A hastily created prenuptial agreement may not be a valid legal document. If you and your spouse have entered into a prenup -- and you want to enforce it or try to get it invalidated -- you should review the following reasons why these agreements sometimes fail in court.

The information that follows will also be useful to anyone planning to create or sign a prenup in the immediate future.

Getting rid of the prenuptial agreement: Null and void

You decided to sign the prenuptial agreement your husband offered you because he brought it up so close to your wedding. You didn't agree with everything inside, but you thought that you needed to sign it to make sure your wedding could go forward as planned.

Now, years later, you're considering getting a divorce but hate that the prenuptial agreement limits your access to your marital property. What can you do? Is there a way to void the agreement?

Who should pay for health care costs after a divorce?

When parents litigate their child custody proceedings, Washington, D.C., courts will determine issues relating to child support and child care expenses and how the divorced parents will divide these expenses between themselves. As such, if you are planning to reach an out-of-court settlement relating to child custody and your parenting plan, you will need to come to a determination about cost sharing.

With specific regard to health care cost sharing, parents will have various options for making a determination on the issue. Whatever decision the parents come to, they can codify it in a written agreement by incorporating the decision into their parenting plan via a well-written parenting provision.

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.

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