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Focus on the present during child custody negotiations

Parents going through a divorce while they have minor children at home can face some challenges as they work with their ex to determine the terms of the parenting plan. Most individuals going through this want to have a plan in place as quickly as possible.

Working out the terms of the plan requires you to work as a team. Negotiating child custody matters can be downright maddening, but you might be able to make things a tad easier if you remember a few points.

Divorce from a narcissist is challenging

Being married to a narcissistic person is a challenging experience. Some people who are in this position are excited by the thought that they will be able to divorce the person. They might not realize that there are some difficulties with divorcing a narcissist.

If you are in this position, you have to think carefully about your strategy. You can't plan on having an easy divorce that involves compromise because most people who are narcissistic won't let this happen. They want to have their way all the time and no matter what the cost.

3 reasons to use mediation for your divorce

Making the decision to divorce isn't an easy one. When you have made up your mind, your best hope is that you and your ex will be able to work out the terms together. Being able to negotiate has many benefits.

There are only a few cases in which going through mediation isn't appropriate. These include things like cases of domestic violence and when one party has a mental health condition like narcissism. It might not be possible if one party isn't willing to compromise. But, if at all possible, getting the negotiations moving forward is preferable for many.

Divide property and move forward with your divorce

Many people going through divorce worry that they're going to lose everything. The truth is that it's highly unlikely that you'll lose everything, and if you have a good attorney on your side, you may end up with more than you expected.

Minnesota is not a community property state, which means that your property will be distributed equitably. Marital property distributed through equitable distribution may be split in any number of ways, from a 50-50 split to a 70-30 split. The exact split you decide on can be negotiated between you and your spouse or determined by a judge in a worst-case scenario.

4 tips to find peace when your ex asks for divorce

Some people know when their marriage is nearing the end, but others are blindsided when their spouse tells them they are filing. The aftermath of the announcement might not be exactly what you expect. Thinking about some of the finer points of life after finding out you're going to divorce can help you to adjust to the situation.

On the top of your list is going to be living arrangements and working out the financial aspects of the split. As you move forward, you can also use these tips to keep your stress to a minimum.

Why a failed marriage does not mean a failed life

Relationships need to be invested in. People invest years of their time and huge amounts of emotional energy to maintain their relationships and to keep their marriage intact. When a marriage leads to a divorce, it is common to feel a profound sense of failure.

Most people conflate their marriage with their sense of identity. When their marriage fails, they feel like a failure too. Additionally, many can make the mistake of equating their failing at being a husband or wife as a failure at being a good parent.

Tips for coming back into your child's life

Being a parent who doesn't get to see their children is difficult. When it is time to reconcile, you might feel excitement, but you may also feel afraid. This is perfectly normal because this is such a significant life change.

When reconciliation occurs, both parties -- the adult and the child -- need to prepare for what's going to happen. As a parent, you need to figure out what you can do to make things easier for them.

Refusal to see a parent can signal underlying issues

Visitation with a parent is something that many children look forward to. However, some situations can make a child unwilling to spend time with a parent. This puts both parents in a precarious position because the court order regarding parenting time needs to be followed.

There are many reasons a child might not want to see their other parent. One of the first things you must do is ascertain the cause of the refusal. This information may help you to determine the best method to address the underlying problem.

Peavey Plaza revitalization is complete and ready for visitors!

Families who live in the Minneapolis area and those who come to visit can enjoy spending time at Peavey Plaza. A recent $10 million revitalization project has made the space more welcoming to everyone, including those who have mobility challenges. The process wasn't easy, and it required legal action before it could be completed.

The pool that stands in the middle of the plaza features beautiful fountains, but this part of the space proved to be very limiting for some. It wasn't the only area that presented challenges for those with limited mobility. The original design was developed 15 years prior to the Americans with Disabilities Act becoming law, and some improvements had been made to increase the usability by all.

Divide retirement accounts during a divorce

Complex divorces can be a challenge to work through, but getting everything divided must be a priority. You have to work through all the assets and debts that you amassed during the course of your marriage. This includes retirement accounts, which have some special considerations.

The way that you handle the retirement accounts depends primarily on what type of account it is. If you have an individual retirement account, or IRA, you will use the transfer incident to the divorce process to get it divided. If you have other types of retirement accounts, such as a 403(b) or 401(k), you need to have a qualified domestic relations order, or QDRO.

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