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Address common issues as a new single parent after divorce

There is nothing easy about moving from a two-parent home to a single-parent home. You have a lot of things to figure out now, but this doesn't mean that you can't work through all the challenges.

You need to come up with a plan for addressing some of the most common struggles that newly single parents face. Some challenges take quite a bit of work while others will resolve more easily.

What happens to a pension in a Georgia divorce?

Other than custody of a minor child, asset division is probably the most contentious issue in any divorce. You and your ex likely don't agree on what is the best or most fair way to split up your possessions. This can lead to protracted battles in court.

Spouses often fight most furiously over the assets that are worth the most. Many couples focus on the home, which often represents the most significant purchase from the marriage. Another asset that can cause a lot of conflict in a divorce is a pension.

Living far from your child doesn't mean not having a relationship

Child custody cases can include extreme circumstances. This can include parents who aren't living close to their children. These long distance relationships can be challenging for everyone involved, but this doesn't mean that they can't be successful or that they won't be filled with love.

You, your child and your ex all have to try to find ways to make the situation the best it can be. Thinking about the needs of your children has to remain a priority. Here are some tips to help you find out what works for you:

Will I get to keep my condo on the beach?

In your late 20s you had a stroke of good fortune, started making more money and you bought a condo on the beach. That condo has been a source of great joy for you over the years, and the thought of giving it up would leave you heartbroken. This is why you're so concerned about it in your upcoming divorce. Will you get to keep it? Or will you have to let it go?

Asset division questions like this come up frequently in divorce proceedings. When it comes to a piece of real estate like a beach condo, several different scenarios could apply:

Choosing the path for your divorce

Once you know that a divorce is imminent, you need to make some difficult decisions. At first, these will be things like who will move out of the marital home and what will happen with the children. Another choice that you will have to make is what type of divorce will work best for you.

Contrary to popular belief, there are alternatives to divorces that move through contentious trials in front of judges. Which option is right for you depends on the factors in your divorce, including whether you and your ex can work together or not.

Vacation plans must be carefully considered

When school is out, parents often take their children on vacation. Whether it is a week-long vacation or a shorter jaunt, the goal is to have fun and make memories with the kids. When you and your child's other parent are no longer together, it can be difficult to make these plans.

One of the most important things that you can do is to start making your vacation plans early. This gives you time to sort out any issues that might arise with the timing or the arrangements.

Divorce with an adopted child and the challenges ahead

Adopting a child is a beautiful experience. When you do so, you think that your little family will remain together forever. Sometimes, this isn't the case. There is a chance that you will face a divorce down the road. If this happens, you might be faced with having to help an adopted child adjust to another major life upheaval.

When you are going through this situation, you have to keep your focus on the children involved. There are some important things that you need to consider as you work through the matter with your children.

What are your options when your ex stops paying child support?

Going through a divorce is an emotionally and financially difficult process. Whether the courts have already finalized your divorce or you're still waiting, you likely depend on the ordered amount of child support to properly care for your children. After all, taking care of minor children is an expensive task. Child care is costly, to say nothing of medical expenses, school supplies, clothing, food and shelter for your dependents.

Many parents take the responsibility of child support seriously. No matter how upset they are about divorce, they know that the children should always come first. Sadly, some parents view child support negatively and will do anything they can to avoid paying child support, such as quitting or frequently changing jobs or even working a job that pays under the table. You need to know your options for child support enforcement in a Georgia divorce.

How might a business impact a divorce?

Being married to a business owner isn't always easy. Having to deal with the schedule that can be unreliable and the fact that your husband might be called away at any moment to deal with issues related to the business can be challenging and stressful. For some women, this is a very difficult situation, but one that they deal with out of love.

When the marriage starts to go downhill, the business might become even more of an issue. This is because you will have to pay close attention to what is going with the business, as well as with other aspects of the divorce.

Child-centered divorce can be challenging but not impossible

A divorce is a complicated issue for adults, but it can be even more complicated for the children who are impacted by it. One way that parents can make the entire situation easier for children is to ensure that everything that happens is centered on the children's well being.

A child-centered divorce isn't necessarily the easiest option for the parents. If the adults can make this arrangement work, they will likely find that the children are the ones who benefit greatly from it. Here are some points to remember about a child-centered divorce:

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