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High net worth divorce: Address these issues

If you've finally come to realize that divorce is the best way to improve your life, you shouldn't hesitate to push forward with the process.

While you want to move forward in an efficient manner, you also need to know what to expect along the way. For example, a high net worth divorce can bring many challenges to the divorce process.

How to ask for a prenuptial agreement (without causing trouble)

Is your wedding day getting closer? Are you hoping to discuss the creation of a prenuptial agreement with your soon-to-be spouse in the near future? Are you worried that doing so could lead to trouble?

Despite the many benefits of a prenuptial agreement, you might be tempted to never discuss this with your  fiancé because of concerns over how he or she will react. While this is a valid concern, if you have reason to believe a prenuptial agreement is a must, it can be important to have such a discussion as soon as possible. 

What’s the best way to ask for a divorce?

Maybe you and your spouse have been chatting about divorce for quite some time. Or maybe you've been thinking about this, while your spouse doesn't believe too much is wrong with your marriage.

Regardless of your situation, there may come a point when you need to ask for a divorce. This is easier said than done, but with some tips you can put yourself on the right path. Here are the things you need to do:

  • Prepare yourself for the conversation, knowing that anything and everything could be thrown your way
  • Choose the right time and place, all with the idea of remaining safe
  • Be firm in what you're saying, as you don't want to give off the impression that you're not "all in"
  • Be ready for anything in regard to your spouse's reaction, from crying to shouting to laughing
  • Don't feel that you have to discuss the details at this time, as you can get to this in the future

How does a parenting agreement impact child custody?

If you find yourself in the middle of a child custody dispute it's important to do whatever it takes to negotiate and resolve every issue.

Once you're able to do this (hopefully without much additional stress) the final details are put into writing, which is known as a parenting agreement.

Divorce mediation: Know how the process works

If you decide to divorce, it won't be long before you're learning more about mediation. While you may not know exactly what to expect, you realize that it's the best way to work through your differences to eventually put your marriage in the past.

Here are a few things you should know about the divorce mediation process:

  • The first meeting is when you sit down with the mediator to define the issues that need to be resolved
  • Additional meetings are scheduled so that you and your soon to be ex-spouse can negotiate on the issues at hand, such as child custody, property division and visitation rights
  • Once you compromise on each and every issue, the mediator will draft an agreement that outlines every last detail
  • You have the opportunity to review the agreement to ensure that it is exactly what you expected
  • The mediator will file the papers with the appropriate court

The many challenges of the divorce process

On the surface, divorce is nothing more than a process that allows you to put your marriage in the past.

While this is the most basic way of looking at divorce, there are many challenges that will move to the forefront as the days go by. If you're not ready for these, there's a chance you could make a mistake that costs you time and money, while also increasing your level of anxiety.

There are many reasons to opt for a prenuptial agreement

When you find that special someone and begin to plan your wedding, you'll have many details to work through.

At some point, the idea of a prenuptial agreement may enter your mind. This will lead you to learn more, which could result in asking your soon-to-be spouse for his or her thoughts on the subject.

These tips are a must when talking about divorce with a child

Deciding to move forward with divorce is a big decision that will change your life in many ways. While you need to focus on your personal well-being, you also have to take into consideration the impact it will have on your child or children.

If you neglect to think about this upfront, it could cause your child more harm in the near future.

How can I prevent my child from being taken abroad?

It's the right of every child to be able to spend equal time with both of their parents. Oftentimes, though, when parents fear that their visitation with their child may be limited or custody altogether withdrawn from them, it may lead them to want to take drastic measures to ensure that this doesn't occur.

This is unfortunately what leads many parents to either illegally travel outside of the state with their child or to even abduct them internationally.

Divorce and social media: Be careful what you post on Facebook

Every time you log into Facebook, you should, theoretically, imagine a police officer putting handcuffs on you while reading out your Miranda rights. Anything you say or do can and will be used against you in a court of law.

The fact is, the information, pictures and statements you share on Facebook can be used in court to convict you of crimes. They can also be used in family law court by your soon-to-be ex to gain the upper hand in your divorce proceedings.

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