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Divorce and Your Kids

As a dad, the divorce process probably isn't going to be easy. No matter how involved you've been in your kids' lives, you're going to have to fight against the perception that fathers are less important as parents than mothers. Fortunately, by educating yourself about the divorce laws in your state and working with an experienced divorce attorney, you can take steps to protect your rights as a father. As you work to complete your divorce, you can make sure the decisions made will protect your children's best interests and provide you with the tools for success going forward.

Dealing With your ex

Dealing With Your EX

Divorce tends to bring out the worst in people. No matter the reason for your divorce, you'll likely need to deal with bitterness, anger, and some level of conflict. Your divorce might be especially difficult if your ex is a narcissist, since she'll probably refuse to see things from your perspective, drag out any court proceedings, and tell lies about you. In the worst cases, you might need to address issues such as substance abuse, parental alienation, or domestic abuse.

Whether you and your ex can remain cordial with each other or can't stand to be in the same room, you'll need to determine how the two of you can work together as co-parents of your children once your divorce is complete.

The Legal Process of Divorce

Once your marriage has broken down beyond repair, you'll need to understand the steps followed during the divorce process. If possible, you can take preemptive action to prepare for divorce, which will allow you to get ready to address legal issues related to your property and your children while understanding how your finances will be affected. If necessary, you can also go back to court once your divorce is complete to modify or enforce your divorce decree.

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The divorce process begins when one spouse files a petition for divorce

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You'll need to address issues such as the division of property and spousal support

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You can use negotiation, mediation, or litigation to finalize the divorce process

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Preparing for Success After Divorce

Divorce can take a huge toll on your life, affecting you both physically and emotionally. Even if you were ready to get out of a bad relationship, you might struggle to adjust to new living situations and parenting schedules. You'll want to understand the best ways to establish your new life as a single father.

Taking Care of Yourself

The key to success after your divorce is finding the right balance. In addition to working to provide for your family and spending quality time with your kids, you'll want to take time for yourself and make sure you are living a healthy lifestyle. With the right planning, you can be the great dad your kids need.

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