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Collaborative law: Seeking a less stressful divorce

When two people decide to marry, they likely never envision a day in which they will want to end their marriage. However, the reality of the matter is that many couples will ultimately make the difficult decision to seek a divorce. In order to reduce some of the stress associated with the termination of a marriage, many people in New Hampshire seek more information about the collaborative law process.

In a collaborative divorce, a couple comes together in the spirit of compromise as they seek a resolution. Each has a lawyer to help ensure their voice is heard. Both parties also sign a contract at the beginning of proceedings, indicating their agreement to provide accurate documentation and come to proceedings in the spirit of compromise.

Do you think you could share a house with your spouse in divorce?

Many parents, perhaps some here in New Hampshire, are trying out a fairly new shared custody arrangement during divorce referred to as "nesting." You might choose to implement the idea during your separation, and then develop a backup plan for after you finalize your divorce. That seems to be what many people do. However, some continue with their nesting lifestyle even after they've settled their divorces. If you were to try this new custody trend, the basic premise involves your kids continuing to live in your marital home.

You and your former spouse would take turns living with your kids. Of course, that means when it's not your turn you'd have to have somewhere else to live. There are pros and cons to the idea, but if you think it might be a viable option for your family, you can draw up an agreement and seek the court's approval.

Seeking financial security during a divorce

For many people in New Hampshire, one of the many factors that might prevent them from seeking to end their marriage is the state of their finances. However, by making smart decisions, often with the guidance of an experienced attorney, those seeking a divorce can help ensure that they make wise decisions that will protect them. By doing so, they may be able to ensure future financial stability.

One of the most difficult decisions that some people face during their divorce is what to do with their house. For many, it may be tempting to keep a house because of the sentiments attached to it and to prevent further upheaval in their lives. However, many people are unable to afford the upkeep of their house once they are only living on one income. Some people may choose to keep the house in exchange for a comparably valued liquid asset, such as a retirement account, but due to the costs of maintaining the house, it may be a better idea to re-examine that issue.

Tyrese Gibson accused of child abuse

Anyone in New Hampshire who has gone through a divorce is likely aware of the potential conflict that the process can create. Unfortunately, couples who share children together must continue to interact with one another as they make decisions together. However, some parents are left in an unfortunate situation where they feel it is in the child's best interest to have no more contact with the other parent. Such appears to be the case with the ex-wife of Tyrese Gibson, who has accused him of child abuse.

The couple was married from 2007 to 2009 and share a child together. However, the woman recently accused Gibson of abusing their daughter. Specifically, she claims that he held the child to the ground, pressing his knees in her back while he grabbed her hands with his and struck her with his other. She claims that he struck the approximately between 12 and 16 times.

Child custody: Shared custody arrangement may be best

Parents in New Hampshire are, understandably, concerned about how their divorce will impact their children. As a result, a great deal of thought and discussion is often put into how child custody will be divided. Recent research may help ease some of the concerns about a relatively common custody arrangement.

One adolescent and educational psychology professor argues that shared parenting should always be the preferred option for children following a divorce, assuming there are no concerns of abuse or negligence. However, some statistics show that this is not usually the case. In fact, mothers are reportedly given full physical custody in 80 percent of cases. Some believe this trend is due to the fact that many judges believe that conflict between parents will have a detrimental impact.

Child custody cases involves breast milk

Most parents in New Hampshire and across the country are committed to doing what is in the best interests of their children. When parents cannot agree, courts are often tasked with the difficult position of making a decision. For example, a child custody case in another state is asking the court to decide if it is better for a child to be exclusively breast fed or have overnight visitation with his father.

The case involves a 6-month-old baby. The mother and father of the child split soon after the baby was born in February. Since that time, the 27-year-old mother claims that the child has been exclusively breast fed. Because she says she is unable to pump enough milk for the child to have if he spends the night with his father, she is arguing against overnight visitation.

Child custody issue prevents school enrollment

Issues of family law in New Hampshire can often be complex. In order to ensure that the person a court has deemed the most appropriate guardian actually has child custody, some states have laws regarding whether someone without legal custody of a minor can enroll said minor in school. Such a law in another state is apparently preventing a teenager from enrolling in high school.

The case involves a 17-year-old male. Reports indicate that the juvenile is currently residing with his mother. However, the school system where the mother lives will not allow the teenager to enroll because his grandparents actually have legal custody.

More people seeking ways to ease divorce process

There is likely no person in New Hampshire who enters into matrimony with the expectation that their marriage will end. Despite going in with the hope that their relationship will lead to a divorce, some attorneys claim that they are seeing an uptick in the number of people seeking a prenuptial agreement. Some professionals speculate that this increase has occurred not because more people expect the end of their marriage but because people are waiting longer to marry, leaving them with more assets.

Some claim that there was once a stigma associated with a prenuptial agreement. Mistakenly, there was a thought that those creating such an agreement were assuming that their marriage was going to end. However, when divorce became more acceptable, more states began recognizing the agreements.

You don't have to part ways with your financial future in divorce

If you are considering divorce, chances are, there are numerous aspects that might be influencing your decision. It might be more complicated than simply parting ways with your spouse. No matter how you look at it, divorce is a serious decision that could have a substantial impact on your future.

Perhaps one of your most significant concerns pertains to the financial ramifications that might accompany such a major life change. While property division will inherently affect this area of life, there may be certain measures you can take to prepare for the financial side of divorce.

Victoria Azarenka skips U.S. Open due to child custody battle

Most parents in New Hampshire would agree that they would do anything to protect their children, even if it means temporarily placing their career on hold. Victoria Azarenka, formerly ranked the number one tennis player in the world, is reportedly doing just that. She has opted to skip the U.S. Open due to her ongoing child custody battle.

The case involves Azarenka, her former boyfriend and their infant son. The couple had the baby in December before their romantic relationship ended this summer. While Azarenka has a custody agreement from her native country, reports indicate that the judge in the current case has declined to accept that agreement.