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Lack of cooperation can cause people to get divorced

The process of getting divorced is never simple from an emotional standpoint. This is the common thread among marital dissolutions in Virginia and elsewhere. However, the reasons why people get divorced can vary greatly from one couple to the next. A key divorce catalyst is an unwillingness of both parties to work in tandem with each other.

The reality is, if two spouses grow to dislike each other over time, they naturally will not embrace the idea of working together. Instead, they may quickly demonize the other party and resent him or her. Sadly, this can lead to an unstable marriage.

Advice may make dealing with divorce process easier

One of the most stressful aspects of dissolving a marriage is dealing with its emotional impacts. The emotional toll of the divorce process can be heavy even in the most seemingly amicable of situations. Fortunately, some advice might make navigating the process of going through divorce much easier in Virginia.  

For starters, it is wise for divorcing individuals to master the art of communicating with each other. The more that they can communicate with each other directly, the less complicated the process will be. During their discussions, they can address their general feelings, concerns and aspirations.

Grandparents may petition for legal custody

Becoming a grandparent is an exciting moment. Many children develop special relationships with their grandparents, and enjoy spending time and keeping in touch with them. For some children, a visit to a grandparent's home feels like a special treat. Sometimes, a grandparent may become concerned that a Virginia child is not being properly cared for by his or her parents, and he or she may want to petition for legal custody in a court of law. 

There are many reasons why a grandparent may want to step in and take legal action on behalf of a grandchild he or she loves. Perhaps, a parent is struggling with addiction and the child is exposed to dangerous situations as a result. If a parent or another adult in the home is abusive, a child may be unsafe. If a parent cannot provide a safe and stable living situation for a child, a grandparent may want to take action to prevent a child from being removed from the home by the state or placed into foster care. 

Planning for the future essential during divorce process

Determining how to handle the emotional challenges of a marital dissolution in Virginia can quickly become confusing. In the same way, deciding on the best financial moves to make during the divorce process can be perplexing. Sadly, making the wrong financial moves during divorce can have negative repercussions long term. Fortunately, some tips may help with securing a promising financial future in spite of going through divorce.

First, it is wise for divorcing individuals to develop strong plans for saving for their retirements. This is important even if they are decades away from retirement, as building a strong nest egg generally takes time. When divorcing individuals come up with retirement savings plans, they can feel a greater sense of control over this process.

How will a divorce affect my teenage children?

Many of those who file for divorce have dependent children at the time. Having children can mean that you have greater responsibilities, and this can lead to disharmony or disagreement in your marriage. Children are affected by divorce differently. While the divorce experience is rarely a positive one for the children involved, the way that the parents handle the process can have a huge impact on how children are affected.

Teenagers, in particular, can be extremely sensitive to changes that happen in the family. If you are concerned about divorcing with teenagers, you may contemplate waiting for a few years until they are better adjusted to handling it. However, this may mean that your children will live in an unhappy and toxic household, which will also have a negative impact on them. The following is an overview of the ways in which divorce can affect teenagers so that you can make your own decision.

Divorce process can impact teen children

The process of getting divorced can understandably be tough for children, but it can be just as difficult for teenage children. For this reason, it is critical that parents who have teenagers and are going through the divorce process in Virginia pay close attention to how their children are coping with this process. Here are a few warning signs that teenage children are having a tough time with the divorce.

A major sign that teenagers are not handling their parents' divorce well is that they have major mood swings. For instance, they may feel extremely elated and then extremely hostile toward other people over the span of several days. In addition, teenagers may find themselves overreacting to environmental triggers or displaying rage toward other people.

Tips for a peaceful divorce and a brighter future

When couples decide to end their marriage, what once was a loving and exciting relationship can quickly devolve into a contentious and bitter battle.

However, even though negative feelings and raw emotions can surface, most people going through a divorce understand that working together - especially if they have children - will have the least impact financially, emotionally and physically.

Considering tax implications an important part of divorce process

Property division remains one of the most emotionally contentious aspects of the marital dissolution process. It can also be one of the most confusing parts of the divorce process in Virginia. Unfortunately, the wrong property division decision can negatively impact a divorcing individual's life in the years ahead.

Let's look at an example of what can happen when the wrong asset division decision is made. Two spouses are getting a divorce and have two Individual Retirement Accounts: a Roth one and a traditional one. Each account has $200,000 in it. One spouse decides to keep the Roth account, whereas the other spouse keeps the second one. Do they both walk away with $200,000?

Divorcing over summer break? It could work with good planning

Your children are out of school right now, so your goal is to finalize your divorce by the end of their summer break. Doing it now gives you the opportunity to separate your property and get a custody schedule put together when both you and your spouse have more time to adjust. This is also a good time to give your children a break (and time to adjust) before returning to school.

You and your spouse agreed that separating in the summer would be a good idea, since you may have to move to a new school district. Your hope is that finalizing your divorce during the time of the year when your children have less to do will make it easier when changes have to happen.

Financial analyst and attorney can both help with divorce process

As people go through the process of getting divorced in Virginia, one of their biggest concerns is likely how they will approach their finances. This is particularly true for couples who have many assets or high-value assets. In light of this, it would behoove people who are going through the divorce process to seek the help of both a financial analyst and an attorney.

A financial analyst can be helpful during a divorce proceeding by acting as an objective financial professional. This professional can guide a client through asset division and show him or her how to generate more income to sustain his or her pre-divorce lifestyle. Then, after working with a financial analyst, the divorcing individual can take his or her financial documents to an attorney.

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