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How to Save Money on Divorce [Legal; Divorce; Money] Divorce can be the most expensive proposition of your life, or not. This article will tell you how to reduce the expense associated with separation and divorce.

How to Handle the Emotional Side of Separation and Divorce [Health and Fitness: Emotional Freedom Technique] This article outlines techniques to use in handling the stress and negative emotions associated with separaton and divorce.

Getting Your Fair Share: Documents You Need to Give Your Divorce Lawyer
[Legal:Family-Law-and-Divorce] This article outlines the documents you need to give your lawyer to insure that you get or retain your fair share of income, assets and liabilities. Not only can you save money in legal fees and expenses by being prepared with copies of documents but you will improve the odds of a successful outcome in your case.

What You Should Know About Domicile and Legal Residence
[Legal:Family-Law-and-Divorce] Domicile and residence are important requirements of divorce law. It is important to know what you need to prove to insure that the state you want to file in has jurisdiction to handle your divorce.

How to Avoid the 12 Biggest Mistakes People Make in Hiring a Lawyer
[Legal] I hate to see people taken advantage of and I hate to see people suffer after choosing the wrong lawyer. Maybe those are two of the reasons that I became a lawyer, so that I could do something about those situations. I have seen clients who had lawyers neglect their cases for not just weeks but years. I have heard complaints about lawyers who would not tell the client what was going on with their cases, but would bill the client when the client called to ask what was happening.

Helping Your Child Adjust to Separation and Divorce
[Relationships:Divorce] Children of divorce suffer guilt and insecurity, as well as feelings of loss, and fear of abandonment. Frequently they may act out, misbehaving at home or at school as a coping mechanism for their feelings. As a parent, there are things you can do to help your child through the transition; you can be sensitive to what your child is experiencing and take steps to provide additional security for your child and to let your child feel more secure and loved.

Children Are a Gift - Guidance For Christian Parents Living Apart
[Relationships:Post-Divorce] With better than one in two marriages ending in divorce and with a growing number of people choosing not to get married, it is important to consider practical ways and means of co-parenting your children without residing in the same household. Your attitudes and actions can bake a big difference in how your children cope with separation and divorce. To the degree that you can, keep an open channel of communication with your children. Reassure them by word and deed that you love them and will be there for them.

Before You Move in, Consider a Cohabitation Agreement Under Virginia Law
[Legal] Everyone has heard about premarital agreements, also known as prenuptial agreements. Most have also heard of marital agreements and separation agreements. What you may not have heard much about is cohabitation agreements, despite the fact that today, there are many people living together in informal partnership arrangements. While those people who live together without an express contract are not entitled to rights and privileges under Virginia law (Virginia does not acknowledge palimony suits), it is possible within the bounds of contract law to create and establish contractual obligations which may be enforced for the benefit of the partners.

How to Lose Custody - 10 Stupid Mistakes Parents Make
[Legal] Over the years we have seen people do a lot of stupid things; make a lot of perfectly avoidable mistakes. While the things you learn in the school of experience stay with you a long time, it is less painful if you can learn from other people's mistakes. To learn from ten stupid mistakes parents make to lose custody, read on.

What to Look For in a Divorce Lawyer - How to Choose Wisely
[Relationships:Divorce] With the changes in family law over the last 30 years, including the adoption of equitable distribution in place of the old common-law rules, the adoption of laws protecting military spouses, and the adoption of support guidelines and various local rules promulgated within the various circuits, the area of separation and divorce has become much too complicated and specialized for someone who does not regularly handle these types of cases. It distresses us when clients come to us with poorly drafted separation agreements, and/or decrees which other inexperienced attorneys have handled.

Why You Need a Divorce Lawyer
[Relationships:Divorce] This article sets out ten reasons why when facing separation and divorce, you should select a lawyer who devotes a significant portion of his/her practice to divorce and separation. You need to know your rights, duties and responsibilities under the law. Only a lawyer who has been retained to represent your interests can advise you.

It's Not Too Late for Lessons From Dad  [Relationships:Divorce] This article is about lessons I have learned from my father, despite not having the benefit of his presence in my household growing up.