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Will you answer these co-parenting questions? You should

Going through a divorce is never easy, especially if you have children to take into consideration. While it's important to make decisions to improve your life in the near future, you don't want to do so until you consider the impact on your children.

It's imperative to be honest with yourself before, during and after your divorce, as this gives you the best opportunity to provide your children with the life they deserve.

Children need routines, even during their parents' divorce

Children thrive on consistency. This is one of the reasons why divorce is so hard on them. The kids are trying to deal with a huge life upheaval that is very challenging for even the most mature adult. It is important for both parents to try to keep the child's routine as consistent as possible throughout the divorce.

There are many different things that parents need to think about when working through a child custody battle. Ultimately, the goal is to make sure that the kids have what they need to thrive despite the changes in circumstances.

Divorce mediation protects your privacy during your divorce

There are many aspects of divorce that are difficult or unpleasant. Needing to split up everything you've earned or purchased during your marriage isn't much fun. Neither is airing your dirty laundry for the whole world to see. Unfortunately, when you take a contested divorce through the courts, that is exactly what happens.

If you and your ex don't agree on terms and don't have a prenuptial agreement in place, you will likely spend some time in court trying to convince the judge to award you custody or grant you certain Assets in the divorce. Unfortunately, that can lead to mudslinging and public discussions of your worst behaviors during the marriage.

Fathers have a right to spend time with their children

Spending time with your children is something that most parents take for granted. Fathers have a much different take on this matter if they aren't in a relationship with the children's mother any longer. While more states are moving toward custody orders that enable the children to have equal time with both parents, the fact is that California just isn't there yet.

A study done by Custody X Change found that fathers in this state spend around 32.8 percent of the year with their children, which puts California at number 24 on the list of most father friendly states. This is a huge jump over the state at the bottom of the list, which has fathers only spending an average of 21.8 percent of the year with their children.

3 major benefits of mediating your divorce case

No one wants to go through a divorce, and it's stressful to have to negotiate when you and your spouse aren't on good terms. There are multiple ways to resolve your issues, but one you need to consider is mediation.

Mediation isn't right for everyone, but if you can agree to negotiate for a better outcome than you'd get at trial, it's something to consider. Mediation isn't usually binding, but it can help you get the ball rolling. Here are some things to know about divorce mediation.

Do you know how California courts divide assets in a divorce?

If you find yourself thinking about divorce, you likely have many questions about the process. The truth is that divorce differs in every state and from family to family. You should not rely on information you've gleaned from movies, television or fictional books to develop your expectations of California divorces. Similarly, don't listen to stories from friends and assume your case will end up the same way theirs did.

Accurately predicting a divorce's outcome is difficult. The courts have to weigh many unique factors when deciding how to allocate child custody and the assets and debts you accumulated during your marriage. Unless you resolve all of your issues in mediation for an uncontested divorce or have a strong prenuptial agreement on record, you likely want to inform yourself about how California family courts approach the topic.

After divorce, successful co-parenting is critical

Are you going through a divorce? Are you glad that you're finally able to put your marriage in the past? Do you have at least one child with your soon to be ex-spouse?

If you don't have any children together, you can move on with your life and never speak again (if you wish to take this approach). However, if you have a child with your ex-spouse, it's important to turn your attention to all things co-parenting.

2 questions about divorce mediation

If you're considering divorce mediation, you and your soon-to-be ex are on the right path. Divorce mediation assists spouses to quickly overcome their potential differences and reach a mutually-agreed upon divorce settlement agreement.

The benefits of mediation are three-fold: (1) it saves a tremendous amount of money by avoiding litigation and costly court proceedings, (2) it saves time and (3) it's less stressful and helps you and your spouse maintain peaceful relations. Due to these benefits, you might want to learn a little bit more about the mediation process by reviewing the following questions.

Where is all my child support truly going?

If you are a divorced father paying child support for your kids, chances are good that, at times, you may have questioned whether or not 100 percent of your support money was going toward expenses solely dedicated to your children.

This can become a bone of contention between divorced spouses due to some common misconceptions about child support.

American families becoming bigger through divorce

Divorce is not the end of a person’s love life. Remarriage and cohabitation with a romantic partner happens frequently after the dissolution of a marriage. This has led to an increase in the average family size. According to a recent University of Massachusetts study, American families have become 66 percent larger in recent years, as second marriages, step-siblings and unmarried couples become the norm.

Approximately 33 percent of American homes are headed by at least one stepparent. Over 30 percent of people over 50 have had more than one marriage, and 40 percent of older Americans with children have stepfamilies.

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