If you are facing a divorce, you likely have many concerns about your future, but one of the main ones likely pertains to your financial stability after the process is complete. Money is often one of the most contentious issues in a divorce, and it is normal to have fears over what the end of your marriage will do to your ability to support yourself.
When you told your children that you and their other parent were planning to divorce, you may have been met with any number of emotional responses, ranging from complete non-surprise and resignation to shock, fear or anger. In fact, it's not at all uncommon for Washington children whose parents are divorcing to experience any or all of these emotions throughout the process. Hopefully, you were able to alleviate most of your children's worries and took steps to start planning a new, successful future together.
Divorce is never easy, but for some Washington couples, it is possible to walk through the process in an amicable, peaceful manner. An amicable divorce is not an impossible dream, but in order to reach a truly successful resolution in an uncontested divorce, a person would be wise to know how to protect his or her interests in even the most amicable of divorces.
Throughout Washington, the United States and the world, people everywhere, perhaps including you, are following any and all updates regarding the contentious, highly public divorce and child custody battle of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. They have six children and they've been in and out of court for quite some time now, battling over custody and addressing accusations involving alleged child abuse and substance abuse as well. If you are in the midst of divorce or just recently achieved a settlement, you may relate to their situation.
The divorce has been hard on you, and you can only imagine the difficulties your children are having. They may not be able to put into words their emotions and confusion over the drastic changes taking place, and you know there may be many years of confusion ahead if you and your soon-to-be former spouse don't find a fair way to resolve the custody question.
As the decades have past, the stigma surrounding divorce has disappeared. In fact, it would be a challenge for any Washington resident not to know someone, or know someone who knows someone, who is divorced. Because of its prevalence, those within the family law field have provided alternatives for those who do not want to go through the traditional courtroom drama formerly required of divorcing couples.
Perhaps you can thank the maturity and generous nature of some celebrities who completed their divorce proceedings with dignity and moved forward gracefully, maintaining a profound friendship, at least in the public eye. The press publishes photos of the recently divorced couples sharing holidays and vacations with their children and seeming to enjoy each other's company like they never did when married.
You divided your assets and debts, talked about and resolved issues of support, and now you only have one task left, which may be characterized as the most important one -- your parenting plan and child custody agreement. The decisions you make now will affect how you deal not only with your children in the future, but also with your former spouse.
Child custody is often one of the biggest points of contention during a divorce proceeding in Washington. Once you finally have your divorce decree, spelling out all of the details of your family's child custody arrangements, you may understandably breathe a sigh of relief. However, just because one has finalized a divorce does not mean child custody issues will no longer be a concern.
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