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Why does education impact divorce?

You have probably heard that education has an impact on divorce, making it more or less likely. Specifically, studies have found that people with a higher level of education -- college graduates -- tend to get divorced less often than those who do not finish college or who never attend.

But why does this happen? It's not as if you learn some secret at college that makes a marriage last. Why would the amount of time you spend getting an education play a role at all?

3 tips for starting a successful blended family

You are getting married again after your divorce. Your new spouse is also divorced. Both of you are bringing children to the marriage, creating a blended family.

It's a complex situation. You have to consider your child custody rights, your co-parent's rights, your spouse's rights and their ex's rights. A lot of people are involved here -- most importantly, your children.

Divorcing parents: Maintain a strong relationship with your kids

One of the most important considerations in a Florida child custody suit relates to which parent served as the primary caretaker during marriage. This is the parent who will hold more weight in the litigation process, and, ultimately, the court will probably side with this parent when it comes time to render a decision. Some parents may have two primary caretakers and the court might award joint physical custody. Other parents could have one parent who clearly provided for the majority of the children's daily care needs.

To be in the best position during your court case, you'll want to show the court that you have been -- and continue to be -- deeply involved in the care or your children. Here are two strategies to do that:

Can the birds teach us about parenting after divorce?

If you're a parent, then you definitely know about the birds and the bees. And, you probably thought the usefulness of your knowledge ended with making babies. But there's more -- when we consider the birds, at least. The novel concept of "bird's nest" parenting has been an interesting approach to post-divorce co-parenting.

Many parents don't use these arrangements as permanent. If they use them at all, they might choose "bird nesting" for temporary arrangements that ease the transition into post-divorce life, making things a little bit less traumatic on the kids. The bird's nest style of co-parenting involves the children continuing to live in the family residence. The parents are the ones who go back and forth -- from another separate residence -- to the home of the children.

When might a forensic accountant help in a divorce case?

When you make the decision to split with your spouse, chances are, one of your objectives is to make sure you receive your fair share during divorce proceedings. Many people facing similar circumstances are increasingly adding forensic accountants to their divorce teams to boost the chances of this happening, as these professionals are, by trade, well-versed in the ins and outs of complex financial matters.

While anyone going through a divorce can potentially benefit from enlisting the assistance of a forensic accountant while the case is ongoing, there are certain situations where these accounting professionals may prove particularly useful. More specifically, you may find it advantageous to hire a forensic accountant to help you through your divorce under the following circumstances.

3 common reasons for getting a divorce

There are no set reasons for a divorce unless one part of the couple wants to get a divorce. And when it comes to wants, no one really needs a reason. We're all adults and we can choose to live our lives in a way that supports our happiness -- regardless of any explanations or logic. With all this being said, however, there are certain "reasons" that divorce attorneys hear again and again from their clients. Here are three of the most common:

Cheating and unfaithfulness:

Who can receive alimony payments?

If you have a traditional family in which one spouse earns the majority of the money, and the other spouse takes care of the house, children and home, the prospect of getting a divorce could be terrifying. What will happen to you after you leave the individual who is the so-called "breadwinner" of the family? Fortunately, if you've been married for a reasonable amount of time, you might be able to receive alimony payments from your soon-to-be ex.

Spousal support, also known as alimony, is usually temporary and meant to provide a means of financial support – or an economic bridge – to help you become financially independent. You may receive a set amount of money each month to help pay for your living expenses and required education that will assist you in finding an independent job.

3 situations that could result in a parent losing custody

There are certain situations in which a parent's child custody rights could be challenged. Whether you're the parent who could lose custody or not, it's important to understand when a court may choose to protect the welfare of a child by removing the mother or father's ability to raise, spend time with and care for a son or daughter.

Here are three situations when a parent could lose custody:

Protecting your children from an addicted parent

Many marriages come to an end because of substance abuse and addiction. In fact, addiction is one of the top reasons that spouses decide to get a divorce.

However, if you have children, the conflict and difficulty related to a spouse with substance problems don't stop when you sign the divorce and child custody agreements. You could find yourself needing to defend your children against your spouse's alcohol or drug addiction later.

4 emergencies that may require a child custody modification

Your children are the most important part of your life. Even though you chose to divorce the mother of your kids, you always prioritize the interests of your children. Nonetheless, while your child custody agreement has worked out well so far, it may not suit the needs of your children forever. 

Florida is one of the best places in the country to be a divorced father. According to a recent study, family law judges in the Sunshine State often treat fathers fairly when ordering child custody. Still, in an emergency, your custody agreement may become grossly inadequate. Here are four situations when you may need to seek a modification of your child custody order. 

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