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Divorce Day 2019: Could your marriage get caught up in a wave?

"Divorce Day" is the unofficial start of the rush to divorce in 2019. It's the first Monday following the New Year, and the day that a lot of divorce attorneys say their phones start to ring off the hook.

A lot of couples intentionally put off acting on thoughts of divorce during the holidays. For some, it's a gesture of kindness -- they don't want to upset their families and make the holidays miserable. For others, the holidays represent one last chance to make things right with their spouse. They need that last amount of "holiday togetherness" to convince themselves that they're better off alone.

Residency and going through a military divorce

As you may know, you need to be a resident of a state where you'd like to file for divorce. As a member of the military, that isn't always easy, though. You may not qualify as a resident in the state where you'd like to file for divorce because of moving, which makes it hard to decide where to divorce.

You have other options, though. For instance, you can choose to divorce in the state where you can claim residency or in the state where you're currently stationed. You can also choose to file for divorce in the state where your spouse is a resident. With these options, there's no need to travel a great distance to go back to the state where you were married or to another state where you hold residency if you're happy with filing at your current base's location.

How can you avoid custody disputes or stop them once they start?

If you and your former partner have arguments about child custody, then there is a chance that you may end up in a custody battle. If you do, then it can be one of the most stressful things you ever experience.

The good news is that there are ways to resolve custody disputes. Before you turn to a judge for help, you may wish to sit down and consider other options, like going to mediation sessions or going through arbitration.

What is the role of a prenuptial agreement?

Prenuptial agreements are sometimes thought of as cruel, rude or insensitive. Someone who suggests that they want one may be seen as a person who doesn't trust their spouse or who wants to make sure they walk away the winner in a divorce.

The reality is that a prenuptial agreement has many positive factors to consider. Even if it catches you off-guard when your spouse asks for one, don't jump to conclusions over the possible negative connotations. The reality is that a fair prenuptial agreement is good for both parties.

What are some facts about hiding marital assets?

After a divorce, there may be times when you want to take your ex-spouse back to court. For example, if you settled on how to divide your assets but later found out that your ex-spouse had hidden assets, you'd be within your rights to take them back to court.

One thing you should be aware of is that there are penalties for hiding assets during a divorce. Divorce rules require both spouses to honestly disclose their assets and debts. Not doing so is a violation of the law and can get you into a lot of trouble.

What are your rights if you divorce a military member?

One of the more difficult things people deal with during a military divorce is losing military privileges. Spouses of military members obtain a number of important benefits, but a divorce may stop those completely.

What you should know is that there are some protections in place to continue providing you with benefits if you've been married for at least 20 years overlapping with 20 years of your spouse's military service. If you remain unmarried after the divorce, you may still be able to receive many of the benefits you had in the past.

How those in long-term recovery can seek more parental rights

If you're a recovering alcoholic whose drinking resulted in limited child custody or visitation rights, you're not alone. You are also not alone if you're finding it difficult to get greater access to your kids. Your co-parent may be hesitant to let you have more time with them -- particularly unsupervised. Therefore, you're going to have to go to court.

There are still a lot of prejudices out there against people who have battled alcohol and/or drug addiction. Family court judges aren't immune to these prejudices. So how do you make your case that you're in long-term recovery and that your children will be safe and well-cared for if allowed to spend time with you?

The benefits of creating a postnuptial agreement

When you finally meet the person with whom you want to spend the rest of your life there's a lot that goes through your mind. What type of ring should you buy? Where will you live? How will you handle the holidays? What about having kids? These are all questions that will soon be answered. One thing, however, that many couples fail to do prior to getting married is to create a prenuptial agreement that will govern their actions if a divorce ever happens.

That's why there are such things as postnuptial agreements.

Be on the lookout for these warning signs of divorce

Being married is not easy. There needs to be a lot of give and take, sacrifice and emotional support for each other. When a marriage struggles, you have the option of seeking help from a therapist. When this doesn't work and things continue to go downhill you need to start considering divorce. Be on the lookout for these warning signs of divorce in your marriage.

You're shut down emotionally.

Ideas for enjoying visitation day with your kids

As a single, noncustodial parent, you may spend a lot of time alone after your divorce. The silence in your home could be deafening without your children present, which will make the limited visitation time you have with your kids each week that much more important. If you've only recently acquired child custody, however, and you're not accustomed to spending time alone with your kids, you may be wondering how you can make the most of your visitation time.

Here are three excellent activities that every single parent should try:

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