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2 Online Tools To Facilitate Effective Co-Parenting Communication

Raising children involves keeping them busy and managing their day-to-day schedules. Whether this includes multiple extracurricular activities, school events or medical appointments, a family calendar can help.

A family calendar and communication system is especially critical during and after a divorce. When parents are not together communication can become a serious challenge. We have provided some helpful options below that can help you navigate this process keeping you - and your children - on track.

What happens when a military couple divorces in North Carolina?

If you or your spouse is in the military and you choose to divorce, you will file for divorce in the state in which you live. If you claim North Carolina as your home, you will have to prove it as your domicile (e.g., by showing that you paid taxes or voted in that state).

Military courts don’t handle divorce proceedings. However, certain federal laws influence the divorce process when members of the military want to divorce. Here are a few things you should know about divorce law in North Carolina and the special rules surrounding military divorce:

A key final step in any international adoption

After spending months preparing yourself and your home for a new child, and spending thousands of dollars in adoption fees, you’ve just returned from China with your new baby daughter, ready to begin your life as a family. Congratulations! But before you get too settled in, there’s one more important step you should consider taking to avoid trouble and heartache further down the line: international re-adoption.

International re-adoption is the process of finalizing your child’s adoption once they’ve entered the United States. In North Carolina, international re-adoption is only required by law in some cases, but it is strongly recommended to do in all cases, because it secures your child’s status as an American citizen and protects them from the possibility of deportation.

Could you lose your dog in a divorce?

Divorce involves the dividing of shared property when two people no longer wish to be married. Historically, the court has lumped pets into this category of “property”, which means you could risk losing them in a divorce—just like your house or car. For pet owners who view their pets as family, this news can be a hard pill to swallow. However, the tides are starting to turn on this issue, and some state lawmakers are changing the way they view pets.

In a 2014 survey by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, pet-custody cases saw a 27 percent increase in the previous five years. In fact, some states have begun treating dogs as they would children in a divorce, and custody decisions are based on the same criteria.

Marital misconduct such as gambling can affect your divorce

Betsy and Steve* lived in a nice, upper middle class home. Betsy was an emergency room nurse and Steve worked in a mattress factory. They had one child. They both worked odd hours. Steve frequently worked overtime. Sometimes he was gone 15 to 18 hour days.

Even with all of the extra hours Betsy was having a hard time paying the bills. The family  rarely went on vacation and besides Steve's new truck that he bought with a "work bonus" they didn't make large purchases or needed home improvements. When the marriage broke down the truth finally came out: Steve had been going to the casino. The "work bonus" had been money he'd won gambling. He'd hidden his spending and addiction from Betsy for nearly two years. 

How the proposed tax reform could affect alimony

Divorce and politics don't always go hand-in-hand. However, that can change very quickly when family laws and legal procedures are up for debate -- and when there is money on the line.

Most recently, alimony has garnered political status thanks to the proposed tax reform bill from the House of Representatives. According to the proposed changes, tax deductions for alimony payments could be eliminated, which could have a dramatic impact on divorcing spouses right here in North Carolina.

3 reasons why it might help to treat a co-parent like a co-worker

Think about someone with whom you have to work but don't necessarily like. You might make small talk occasionally, but ultimately, you'd rather not hear too much about his or her personal life. Your encounters are typically brief, but there are times when you need to work together to tackle a complicated problem so you have to maintain some amount of civility.

Are you thinking about a co-worker or an ex with whom you are co-parenting? These two relationships can look very similar, and if you are struggling to adapt to a co-parenting arrangement, it might help to treat the other person like a colleague.

Disputes over 'best interests of the child' can wind up in court

Divorcing or divorced parents are likely quite familiar with the phrase "best interests of the child." This is the standard that courts, mediators and parents are supposed to use when making decisions about issues like custody and parenting plans.

As much as we might hear and think about "best interests of the child," it can still be very difficult to define, especially when parents do not agree on what it looks like. As an example, we can look at a case in another state involving a mother and father battling over vaccinating their son.

3 things men should not believe during a divorce

Divorce is an upsetting event for any person going through it. However, men are also often battling against outdated beliefs and slowly changing laws, which can further complicate matters. 

Men who are getting divorced can therefore misunderstand their rights and options in these situations, which can contribute to unfair settlements and painful disputes, so it is important to clear up a few of the common assumptions people make about men and divorce.

3 scary scenarios for parents sharing custody this Halloween

Halloween is just around the corner and your kids may be counting down the days until they can dress up and celebrate. As a parent, though, you may think differently about Halloween, particularly if you share custody of your kids and this is the first year you will be splitting the holiday.

Unfortunately, sticky situations can arise, but addressing them sooner rather than later can help you avoid them or resolve them before they get too frightening. Below are three common types of disputes that could arise during Halloween, and what you can do to address or prevent them.

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