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Don't try to lump property division and child custody together

There are two areas of divorce that are especially contentious for most people -- property division and child custody. Even though you might be tempted to lump both of these aspects together, it is important that they are handled independently.

Both of these aspects of your divorce are important but you have to make sure that you go into the negotiations for each with a clear head. Keeping the important points in mind can help you focus on what is truly important.

Property division considerations

As you work out the property division settlement for the divorce, you need to make sure that you are thinking about what will work with your single life. This is important because there is a chance that you won't be able to afford the upkeep and costs that come with certain assets.

In order to determine what you will be realistically able to afford, you need to come up with a budget based on what your single income will be. Make sure that you put the necessities, such as housing and utility costs, in your budget as a priority.

The costs of assets will vary greatly. A car might come with maintenance costs, insurance, gas and loan payments. A mortgage might come with insurance, repair costs, maintenance and home owner association fees.

Child custody matters

When you are trying to determine how to handle child custody matters, remember that the child is the person who matters here. This means that you cannot put your own interests first. Instead, you need to think about what your child needs.

Your child's needs will depend largely on the child's age. Infants will need more stability than older children. Teens will likely need the most flexibility out of all age groups. Think carefully about all of these aspects when you are trying to decide what you are going to do and push for in the child custody case.

One area that intersects

The marital home is one area in which child custody and property division might intersect. This is because some divorce settlements enable the parent who will have primary custody of the children to have the marital home. Even in these cases, you have to make sure that you can afford the home if you are the parent who will have the children and the home.

Throughout this process, you need to make sure that your interests are protected. This means that you must find out how the laws apply per your circumstances so that you can use this as the basis for your case.

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