As you and your soon-to-be ex negotiate — or perhaps battle — over how to share custody of your children, you're probably focused primarily on physical custody. However, you also need to determine who will have legal custody over the children.
You're battling your co-parent for sole custody of your children. You may even believe that any visitation they have with the kids needs to be supervised. Your co-parent has a drug and/or alcohol problem that you believe makes them incapable of safely and responsibly caring for the children -- even for short periods. Your co-parent is fighting you on this. They want shared custody or perhaps unrestricted visitation. Therefore, it looks like you'll need to take the matter before a judge to decide.
As children get older, their views of the holiday season change. They may ask for larger, more expensive gifts or their lists may be shorter and shorter as the year's pass. They may understand their parents' roles in making their favorite season magical.
If you are experiencing serious issues in your marriage, it may be time to consider a postnuptial agreement. Much like their cousins, the prenuptial agreement, a postnuptial agreement outlines both expectations for the marriage and terms for the end of a marriage.
When a married couple encounters financial hardship serious enough to warrant filing for bankruptcy, the marriage itself may also crumble. In some cases, the financial stress causes the death of the marriage. In other cases, the possibility of bankruptcy merely multiplies problems that are already present in the relationship.
Prenuptial agreements can address a multitude of issues beyond the division of assets when a couple divorces.
Whenever a couple decides to get married, it is wise for them to at least consider a prenuptial agreement. Although some couples may have negative feelings towards these agreements, they are typically well worth the time and effort to create them. Not only does a prenuptial agreement, or prenup, protect both spouses from an unnecessarily complicated and destructive divorce if the marriage fails, it can also help couples deal with difficult issues before they become problems that threaten the marriage.