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Men: 3 reasons why you need legal support during divorce

Men and fathers face some particularly challenging obstacles when they divorce. Historically, the family legal system has often favored women and mothers in the traditional roles of homemaker and dependent.

However, things have changed. Today, according to findings from the Pew Research Center, men are more likely to be stay-at-home parents than they were 50 years ago, and more families are dual-income families. These and other statistics paint a very different picture of families, but because of a few important reasons, men and fathers can still face significant obstacles during a legal battle.

Don't make these 8 social media mistakes during a divorce

Social media is one of the most common places people turn during difficult times. People go to Facebook, Instagram and even dating sites looking for support, love and an outlet to share difficult feelings.

Considering how frequently people turn to these sites, it is no surprise that they often present problems during a divorce, especially a contentious divorce. With or without realizing it, you could be sharing evidence or engaging in behaviors that will be used against you in court or mediation, so it is wise to be cautious when it comes to social media.

What types of issues can be resolved through mediation?

One of the first things people think when they hear that they will likely go through mediation for their divorce is, "No way."

They have this reaction because they assume that there is no way they can sit in a room with an ex they don't like and make decisions about things like money and the kids, which might be the reasons they are splitting up in the first place. However, before you write off the mediation process altogether, understand there are some issues many people are able to resolve through mediation.

Make yourself, your health a top priority during divorce

There is no doubt that divorce is one of the most difficult experiences many people go through.

Considering the incredible toll a divorce can take on a person, it is critical that you try to prioritize your health and well-being during the process. If you don't, you could wind up suffering more and having a harder time getting back on your feet. Below are some ways you can protect yourself.

Protecting yourself from a dishonest ex during divorce

Trust is difficult to build and very easy to lose. It is also something missing from many divorcing couples. Under these circumstances, many people feel as though there is no hope of working out a solution to the various issues related to the divorce without going to court.

However, there are steps you can take to protect yourself (and your future) from a dishonest ex, even during mediation.

Divorcing? Have these financial documents ready

Divorce takes a major toll on the marital and separate assets of each person going through the process. Because of this, people can be very focused on maximizing their financial settlement. However, this can be extremely difficult if you do not have the information you need to fight for what you deserve.

If you don't know what is considered marital property or how much money (and debt) is eligible for distribution, you can be at a distinct disadvantage when it comes to negotiating or fighting for a fair portion of your marital estate. In other words, knowledge is powerful in property division, so it is crucial that you arm yourself with information and the following financial documents.

Is divorce genetic?

For years, there has been a connection linking divorce rates between parents and their kids showing that "divorce runs in the family". Studies conducted have suggested that the link stems from raising a child in a divorce household, which exposes them to the experience of divorce.

However, recent research suggests that it is not necessarily the environment in which children are raised that can increase their likelihood of divorce: it's their genetics.

Be careful with outside influence and a prenup

If you are getting married, chances are you are dealing with a lot of opinions from family, friends and even wedding vendors. People want to tell you what you should wear, where you should have the reception, and even what you should register for.

However, when it comes to the legal aspects of your marriage, like protecting assets with a prenuptial agreement, it is crucial that you weigh outside influences carefully. This is critical for at least a few reasons we examine below.

3 tools every military parent should have

Serving in the military is an extraordinary sacrifice. Not only do service members put their lives in danger, they also can spend long stretches of time away from their families.

Under these circumstances, it is crucial for parents in the military to take action to protect themselves and their children, particularly if you are divorced. Below are a few basic tools you should have in place if you are a military parent.

How does the cost of mediation compare to litigation?

If you are getting divorced, then money can be a major concern for you. You might be scared about how you support yourself after the divorce or worried that you will have to pay spousal support to your ex.

Because money is commonly a high priority for divorcing couples, it can be helpful to understand that different dispute resolution methods cost different amounts. For instance, resolving your issues through mediation can prove to be far less expensive than resolving them through litigation.

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