Many Americans are currently counting down the days until the holidays begin in earnest. Other Americans are counting the days until the holiday season is over. If you are currently weathering a divorce or have recently finalized one, you may be one of those counting the days until the holidays are over. The holidays can certainly be rough for individuals who are being directly affected by divorce. However, there are ways to make the season less stressful, even for those who would rather say “Humbug” than celebrate this particular year.
Once you have divorced, you may opt to create a blended family. Blended families are increasingly common, so you will certainly not be alone in your decision to blend families. However, the exact nature of your child custody arrangements is unique to you and your child. As a result, it is important for you to approach the blending of your new family with your particular needs, priorities, obligations and values in mind.
Many pet owners consider their creatures to be family, not property. And yet, pets are most often treated as a matter of property division in divorces, not as subjects of custody disputes. Certainly, some courts treat pets more like children than property. But this area of law is still evolving, so most jurisdictions treat pets as subjects of property division settlements.