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Gathering evidence if you suspect a hidden asset problem

When you decided to divorce, you'd hoped that you and your spouse would be able to resolve all the necessary issues in a swift and amicable manner. You wanted to do what needed doing, leave the past behind, then move on in life. After your spouse started making comments about leaving you with nothing or that he or she was going to make things as tough as possible on you in court, you knew you were in for a fight.

If you're one of many Pennsylvania spouses who believe their exes are hiding assets to keep them from being part of property division proceedings in divorce, you've got a serious problem on your hands. The good news is that the law is on your side because hiding assets in divorce is illegal. In order to resolve the issue, however, you must be able to prove your suspicion by showing evidence to the court. Knowing where to look to gather such evidence is the first step toward seeking justice.

Transition days can be hard on children

The time when your children move from your house to the other parent's home or vice versa can be rather difficult for them. They often feel very emotional having to leave one parent behind. Parents sometimes think that this becomes easier over time, and it does for some children. For others, they simply learn how to cope with the difficulties.

As their parent, you should do what you can to determine how to make these transitions easier for them. One of the most important things is that you and your ex must agree not to use these times to discuss contentious matters. Instead, try to keep the hand-off of the children calm and relaxed. This might help them feel better about the transition.

Negotiations are important in child custody matters

Child custody is an important factor when you have children who are in the middle. As a parent, you need to ensure that you are making decisions that are in the child's best interests so that they are able to fare their best after the divorce. It isn't always easy to work with your ex to come up with the terms of the custody arrangement.

When you are working together, you have to be willing to negotiate the terms. In order to do this, think about the things that are truly important to you. These should be the focus of what you battle for when you are trying to come up with mutually agreeable terms.

Types of domestic violence

Domestic violence is a traumatic experience for the victim. Even when things don't turn physical, the scars you have to live with can last a long time. If you are in this position, you need to try to get out of it as soon as possible. There is a very slight chance that things will change for the better, but it is more likely that you will be stuck in a situation that continues to get worse if you don't walk away.

The most obvious form of domestic violence is physical abuse because it is easy to see the bruising and marks from it. This makes it a bit easier to prove, but this doesn't mean that this is the only type that matters.

Set new holiday customs after you go through a divorce

The holiday season is one that many children look forward to; however, the first season after a parent's divorce can come with great anxiety. The children might not be sure what is going to happen, and this can make them concerned. If possible, you should have a discussion with them about what they should expect so that they might not feel as stressed.

Before you talk to the children, you have to realize what the holiday season means now. Things don't have to be exactly the same as they were when you were married. Instead, you can now come up with your own holiday traditions that can bring joy to you and your children.

You want a divorce. Now, what?

Whether you were married 10 or more years, or have not yet celebrated your fifth anniversary, deciding to divorce is no small matter. In fact, it might be one of the most solemn, serious decisions you'll ever make. Like all good parents in Pennsylvania and beyond, your children are your top priority. That's why you have concerns about their well-being, especially in connection with their ability to cope with divorce.

The means you choose for finalizing a settlement can definitely have a significant impact on your kids. Children often take their cues from parents, so what they hear and witness as you move toward accomplishing your goals may influence how they adapt to a new lifestyle. Keeping the peace is important, which is why many spouses try to avoid litigation.

Victims of spousal abuse have specific rights

Suffering from spousal abuse is a horrible situation. You probably never thought that the person you pledged to love for the rest of your life would ever do anything to hurt you. When it does happen, it can seem almost surreal. It is imperative that you take steps to protect yourself when this occurs. We know this is difficult, and we are here to help you navigate through the legal process.

One thing that puzzles some people is that spousal abuse isn't only physical actions. It is possible for you to be the victim of abuse based on verbal or emotional factors. A person who loves you isn't going to constantly say negative things about you. If you notice this happening often, you might start to suffer mental damage because of it.

Financial disclosures must be fully factual in divorce

One of the most challenging things for some people who are going through a divorce is working through the property division matters. This is especially true when you are dealing with a high-asset divorce. As part of the process, a full disclosure of the financial status of both spouses is required so that the division is handled in accordance with the applicable laws.

When you are filling out the financial disclosures for the divorce, you have to be fully honest. You can't try to hide things just so you can have a nicer settlement when the divorce is finalized. Unfortunately, not everyone follows that simple rule. It is estimated that around 58% of people hide cash from their partner and 34% admit that they weren't honest about the money they earn, their debts, and the finances.

Stress reduction for single parents must be a priority

The transition from being a married parent to being a single one can be challenging. You have to help your children adjust while you are trying to figure things out for yourself. During this time, you might feel as though stress is inevitable. This isn't necessarily the case because you might find some ways that you can cope and find your inner peace.

Finances are a big source of stress for single parents. You are likely going from a two-income household to a single income one. Plan your budget and stick to it. This can present a challenge in the first few months, so don't be afraid to tweak things a little until you find the balance you need.

Patience is imperative in co-parenting situations

Moving from a household with two parents to one with only a single one can be challenging. When you are going through a divorce, you are going to have to go through that transition. You need to ensure that you don't let the stress of the situation determine how you react to anything.

One thing that you are going to have to learn is how to stretch your patience when your children, your ex or anyone else irks your nerves. Before you react to any negative situation, remember that your children are watching you as an example of how to behave. Not doing what you should do when you get stressed could teach them the wrong behavior.

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