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Divorce is often portrayed as an unfortunate phenomenon and a bad thing. Yet there is plenty of evidence that divorce can be a good thing in the lives of many divorced people. This should always be kept in mind when spouses think about the pluses and minuses of divorce.

Not long ago, we talked about a study that investigated the impact of divorce on the lives of women who have experienced it. The researchers found that, especially in the first five years after a divorce, women were more likely to be happy than men were. The researchers suspected that women tend to have more advantages in navigating the post-divorce world. These advantages could include better support systems, better coping mechanisms and more skill at single parenting.

Protecting yourself from a high conflict personality in divorce

Are you married to someone who never takes responsibility for their actions?  Does your spouse focus on someone and blame them for everything rather than examine their own role in the disagreement and refuse attempts to solve the conflict?

These personalities are not rare, unfortunately. When it comes to divorce, they can uproot your life for months, even years in the future. Thus, if you suspect your spouse is a high conflict personality, you need to learn as much as you can in order to properly establish and maintain boundaries to effectively deal with their antics now, during divorce and beyond. Avoid being caught by surprise.

A pen can help you cope with divorce

If you are going through a divorce, you might wonder how you will make it. Your emotions may be all over the place. Maybe you cannot fathom a day without your children. Or maybe you feel like you want to make your soon-to-be ex pay for what they did. At the same time, you might think about what you could have done to make things work.

Regardless of the circumstances surrounding your situation, there are things you can do to help you cope with your pain, regret and fear. Putting a pen to paper is one of them.

High Asset Divorce: Are milliennials influencing divorce changes?

Experts have learned over the years that every generation is impacted by countrywide or worldwide events and circumstances. The millennial generation is frequently discussed because they are generally different than previous generations. As millennials have married in recent years, Pennsylvania attorneys have seen some changes in how millennials may handle a high asset divorce.

Although data indicates that the divorce rate is lower among millennials, attorneys report an increased request for prenuptial agreements. Attorneys and researchers believe that the increase in prenuptial agreements may also be related to many millennials choosing to marry later in life. Some individuals are able to acquire wealth when they wait longer to marry and may wish to protect assets in case of divorce with a legal agreement. In addition, some individuals may use prenuptial agreements to specify how a couple plans to handle significant debt acquired prior to marriage, such as student loans.

Couple argues over selling art collection in high asset divorce

Half a century is a long time to be married, and many in Pennsylvania would speculate that a marriage that lasts that long is strong. One couple in another state is proving that marriages are not always what they seem to be. Because of their significant wealth and disagreement on the value of shared assets, processing their high asset divorce has been a difficult process.

The couple in question had been married for 58 years, and they began their divorce process in 2016. A recent hearing for the couple revolved around their art collection valued at approximately $700 million. The collection includes artists such as Andy Warhol and Alberto Giacometti. Reportedly, the couple desires to liquidate their art collection and intend to split the proceeds. The process of selling the collection has been difficult because the couple has not agreed on its value and an individual to help them sell the collection.

Deployed father granted temporary reprieve from child support

Pennsylvania parents who pay or receive financial support may be interested in a recent ruling in another state's family law court. The father of two children was granted a temporary reprieve from making child support payments following an order for deployment through the Army National Guard. The case is unusual because the father will continue to receive pay while he is deployed, and his children will continue to require financial support.

The formerly married couple share two young children both under the age of 10. Reportedly, their divorce finalized in 2017, with the mother receiving full custody of the children and the father paying $1,059 a month in financial support from the income he earned as a firefighter. Both were not happy with some of the terms of their divorce agreement, and both had filed for amendments in their divorce decree. Before decisions could be made on their requests, the father received orders to deploy to another country through the National Army Guard.

Attorneys can help achieve a amicable high asset divorce

Pennsylvania residents contemplating ending a marriage may fear the pain, turmoil and upheaval of their life as well as the disturbance it may cause for any children or pets. Despite stereotypical cases of hostile high asset divorce cases, many couples achieve amicable separation of their married lives. Certainly, choosing the right family law attorney can help with the process.

In addition to choosing the right lawyer, there are other tips offered by experts to keep the peace between separating adults. Couples who wish to achieve a loving separation may start with mutual respect for the other spouse. Respect of the soon-to-be former spouse may be displayed by refusing to speak negatively about the other spouse in front of shared children and family. When children are involved, it is recommended that the details of custody and living arrangements be determined quickly and prior to any discussion of a financial division. Ensuring the children have stability prior to financial discussions may help keep the peace.

Establish boundaries with an ex to protect your future happiness

The chance of divorce in a second marriage is even higher than the first, which makes the healing process essential for future happiness. Despite being legally divorced, many couples still interact with each other as they did when they were married, making it hard to shake off resentments, emotional patterns, and anger. If this pattern is not corrected after divorce, it will continue and often negatively impact any subsequent relationships you form with a new partner, your children, and stepchildren. So, what can you do to increase your chances of a successful second marriage? 

Does death of a parent end child support payments?

Following an unexpected death, the shock may make it difficult to process the changes that may result for surviving family members. In addition to settling the estate of a loved one and filing insurance claims, surviving family members often face the reality of surviving without a loved one's income contribution. The adjustment for some significant others and dependents can often be very difficult. Pennsylvania parents may be interested in one mother's suffering, following the sudden death of the alleged father of her child and whether or not his estate will continue child support payments. 

According to the mother, she and the deceased father gave birth to a daughter 18 years earlier while they were not married. Without the assistance of family law court, the parents worked out an agreement between the two of them. According to the mother, the father was faithful to provide child support payments and additional expenses when needed, and had agreed to assist with college expenses. Two years prior to his death, the father remarried.

Estate planning and blended families

Have you moved on since your divorce and met someone new? If you have entered into a subsequent marriage, have you updated or had a whole new estate plan drafted? A new relationship after divorce is certainly reason to celebrate. But avoiding difficult conversations about end of life planning is a recipe for disaster in a blended family. 

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