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5 tips to help you navigate your divorce

Divorce is not just about ending your marriage. It is about securing sufficient support for yourself and your children. It is about deciding who gets to keep the house in Pembroke Pines, how to divide retirement accounts and what property you should fight for. It is also about avoiding some common mistakes than can cost you both emotionally and financially.

During the divorce process, it can be very difficult to keep things in proper perspective. You may be dealing with anger, hurt and even depression while at the same time trying to make decisions about your future. By following the tips below, you can make your divorce easier.

Understanding how your divorce could impact your retirement

When people think of divorces, typically young couples come to mind. However, it is increasingly common for couples over the age of 50 to decide that it's time to call it quits. Sometimes, these divorces are the result of simply growing apart over the years. Other times, it's the result of restlessness due to empty nest syndrome. One spouse may have had an affair. There are many different reasons why couples who have been together for decades decide to divorce.

Getting divorced when you're approaching retirement can have serious consequences. That doesn't mean that you should stay in an unhappy marriage, but you absolutely need to plan carefully. Especially in cases where spouses cannot agree to terms for a divorce, the potential for major expenses ahead could have a negative impact on your ability to retire.

Is it time to consider stepparent adoption?

You fell in love with and married someone who already had a child from previous marriage or relationship. Maybe the biological parent died unexpectedly or perhaps that parent has never claimed his or her rights, choosing instead to eschew having a relationship with the child in question. Over time, you've come to love your stepchild, and you want to make that bond something permanent and legally recognized.

Unless you legally adopt your stepchild, you probably won't have custody or visitation rights if your marriage ends in divorce. That could be heartbreaking for both you and the child in question. There are also issues of custody if your spouse were to die suddenly or become unfit to provide for the child due to physical or mental incapacitation. Adoption of a stepchild can offer protection and security for everyone in your family.

Child support modification: It's possible

Paying child support is not always preferable, but at least you know that the money is going towards providing your child with the best possible life.

If you find that you are unable to make your payments in full, you don't have any time to waste. You need to learn more about requesting a child support modification.

Beware when divorcing a narcissist

You obviously didn't discern the signs of your soon-to-be ex's narcissism prior to your marriage — or there wouldn't have been a marriage. However, since then, you have had many opportunities to see of what he or she is capable.

But be forewarned — "you ain't seen nothing yet."

No prenup? Consider a postnup

You had a whirlwind romance that seemed too good to be true, but when you said your vows, you knew you had finally found "The One." Now, after several years of a rocky marriage, you have concerns that he only married you for your money. You were so swept up in the passion and the romance, you did not even consider a prenuptial agreement. Fortunately, it is not too late. You still have time to put a postnuptial agreement in place to protect your assets.

If you are worried that your relationship will not last and you have high-value assets that need protection, it may be time to contact an attorney with family law experience in the Pembroke Pines area. An experienced lawyer can help you put the protections in place to guard your assets if your marriage ends.

What rights do you, as a grandparent, have during a divorce?

Watching your child go through a divorce is difficult. It's even worse when you have to worry about whether your ex in-law will allow you to spend time with your grandchildren. In some cases, the right to visitation is an issue even if your child has full or partial custody of your grandchildren.

Although the state of Florida has a law on record allowing for grandparent visitation rights, the state Supreme Court has declared the law unconstitutional. Since that ruling, no new law has been adopted by the state legislature. That means that grandparents and their rights are currently in legal limbo in Florida.

Mediation can help protect your children during divorce

Many parents find themselves stuck between rock and a hard place when considering divorce. While they no longer wish to remain married, they worry that the divorce process may produce unavoidable harm to their children.

This is a perfectly reasonable fear, especially if you or your spouse endured your own parents' divorce as a child and carry hurt and frustration from it.

It’s important to understand the details of sole custody

Are you going through a divorce? Do you have a child (or children) with your ex-spouse? This will lead to a variety of challenges, such as the need to address questions pertaining to child custody and support.

Although joint custody is most common, as this is typically in the best interest of the child, you may have reason to believe that sole custody makes the most sense for your particular situation.

6 things to know about child custody mediation

Child custody mediation is one way to resolve a child custody matter. During mediation, you and your ex work together to come up with the terms that govern the child custody. Mediation is often a preferable solution for several reasons.

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