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Is there a good time of year to file for divorce?

A common adage is that half of all marriages end in divorce. That is actually not quite true. The divorce rate in the United States is actually the lowest it has been in decades, according to a report in Time Magazine.

However, many couples still deal with divorce eventually. While it can be a daunting proposition to go through with divorcing a spouse, it is important to remember that if someone is going to go through with it, it requires adequate foresight. Both spouses need to collect financial records, they need to make other living arrangements, and they should consider filing at the best time of year for divorce: January.

Methods your spouse may use to conceal property

If you believe your marriage is nearing its end, the trust between you and your spouse may have already dissipated. Maybe you believe your partner has been unfaithful, or maybe you have other reasons to believe he or she is not being entirely truthful with you.

Sometimes, once marriages start circling the drain, spouses try to place themselves in comfortable financial positions because they see the end in sight. The methods they may use to do so are not always ethical, however, and this may mean you ultimately lose come divorce proceedings. Your best bet at fair and equitable asset division comes when you and your attorney have the full financial picture, so if you suspect your spouse might be hiding assets from you, know that he or she may:

Do you need a postnuptial agreement?

You may be no stranger to a prenuptial agreement. This legal document serves to eliminate a lot of the conflict in the event of a divorce by deciding on matters, such as property division, before the marriage takes place.

However, you cannot prepare for everything before marriage. Many concerns and circumstances do not become evident until many years after the wedding. This is where a postnuptial agreement comes in handy.

A guide to dividing stock options in your divorce

Some assets are fairly simple to divide during divorce, like selling your car and splitting the profits. If you are dividing more complex assets such as stock options, you face unique challenges. Stock options that cannot be sold off to a third party or do not have a fair market value can be particularly confusing to divide.

If you are going through a California divorce and dividing stock options, keep reading to learn what you can expect.

4 things to consider before you move out of your marital home

Negotiating the details of a divorce is likely to be stressful, but certain factors can make it even more difficult than necessary. Any disputes regarding the residence of each partner may cause discord and contention, but your living situation should be afforded careful thought before any major decisions are made. While moving out may seem like the best option, there are several potential consequences you might not expect. Consider the following four things that could happen if you move out. 

4 tips for managing long distance co-parenting

Co-parenting is one of the most promising of emerging trends for parents who are looking to do what is best for their kids after a divorce. If you want to avoid the tension and stress that so often accompanies custody disputes, it may be the best option for your family. This can be complicated, however, if one parent moves away and no longer lives in close proximity to the children. If you are attempting to balance long distance co-parenting, the following tips may be helpful. 

The pros and cons of throwing a divorce party

Throwing a party is a trend for those recently divorced. What the party looks like depends on what the divorce looked like. Those who ended on friendly terms tend to have a tasteful get-together to express that they still have respect and consideration for each other and want their loved ones to as well. Those who had high-conflict divorces use the party as an opportunity to figuratively seek revenge on their ex through means such as burning belongings and gifts. Consider the following pros and cons as you decide if you want to have a divorce party.

Tips for planning ahead for a divorce

While no one gets married anticipating that the marriage will end, you may see your divorce coming long before it's filed. In order to guarantee that the process is smooth and the transition is as easy as possible mentally, financially and emotionally, it's important to plan ahead for a divorce. This can minimize stress and anxiety on you, your spouse and your children and guarantee that the legal process is quick and easy.

Before you file for divorce, if you and your spouse are on friendly terms, sit down together and come up with a plan. If this isn't possible, you can make your own plan to organize and carry out your divorce.

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