Everything about ending a relationship is difficult, but separation periods before a divorce can be especially challenging. This is because you often feel like you are divorced but in reality, the marriage is still legally intact. You may be operating in a completely different place than your spouse and only see him or her during custody exchanges, but any decisions you make during this time can have a serious impact on your finances now and your divorce later on.
When parents divorce, the children are usually stuck in the middle. The children might think that they are the cause for the divorce. In an instant, the child's life is overturned. They were used to having both parents active in their lives and suddenly, one parent isn't there. Fortunately, it is often still possible for both parents to remain active parts of the child's life.
You have served your country as the spouse of a military service member. During that time, you have enjoyed the benefits of the military service. These include shopping on base, having TRICARE insurance and possibly living in base housing. You might be wondering what will change if you divorce your spouse. The answer depends on a rule known as the 20/20/20 rule.
Many people have the idea that custody cases must be long court battles where the parents are in a very adversarial situation. However, this doesn't have to be the case. More and more parents are turning to more cooperative methods, such as collaborative divorce and mediation, to address these matters.
If you're seeking child support, one of the most common questions you may have is how long it will take to establish the child support order and for you to start getting payments. While this varies considerably depending on the details of your case, there are some general guidelines and factors to be aware of.