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Why some couples choose to share the home after divorce

One question divorcing couples with children may ask is, “Where will the children live?” The common approach is to shuffle the children between two homes, but some parents are taking a novel approach: the kids stay in their childhood home while the parents rotate out.

It’s a concept known as “birdnesting,” or simply nesting, that divorcing parents are trying as a way to minimize environmental disruption for their children. It can be beneficial for the kids, but does it work for all families? You may have to think twice before committing to it.

Why everybody needs an emergency savings account ASAP

Think you can get by living paycheck to paycheck? Think again. Emergencies by nature are serious situations that happen unexpectedly. Since you never know what financial costs are on the horizon, you must always be prepared.

Too many families and loved ones are negatively impacted when tragedy strikes and there is no money available to satisfy the immediate needs. Worse financial situations occur when lacking the funds to compensate for the situation at-hand. Thankfully, all this is preventable when you have built up for yourself a generous savings account.

Co-parenting through the holidays

The holiday season is a time for celebration, family and joy, but the reality is, it also comes with some stress. If you’re recently divorced, the anticipation and high expectations of a holiday season can make navigating this time of year even more challenging, especially if you’re co-parenting with your ex.

If your relationship is amicable, it’s important to develop a good co-parenting plan well in advance that’s specific to the holidays and puts the emphasis on the kids. A good arrangement can create realistic expectations for you and the kids, reduce potential conflict and alleviate possible stress.

How to create a child custody plan that works

When parents get divorced, children often feel sad, anxious and sometimes, angry. If your children are young, they may have a hard time understanding what is happening. You likely are experiencing feelings of guilt and concern. You want what is best for your children, and you want to make the transition as easy as possible.

Creating a child custody plan that focuses on your children’s needs and avoids conflict between you and your ex can help ease the transition. Here are some ways to create a shared custody arrangement that can work well for both you and your children.

Medical debt can be financially crippling

You work hard to earn your paycheck. You’ve made a budget, save what you can and do your best to stay on top of things. Planning and organizing are two things that keep your life in balance. You even tucked some money away for the unexpected.

Unfortunately, the unexpected happened. Your child became ill and has been in and out of the hospital. You planned ahead for something like this, but your emergency money is gone. Now, bills are piling up. You continue to work and care for your sick kid, but the cost of care is overwhelming. Your health insurance covers some, but you still have a lot of out-of-pocket expenses to worry about.

Wills and Trusts: Which is right for me?

Estate planning is a hub of information that branches out into related topics including wills and trusts. At first it may feel overwhelming when faced with so much to consider, but sound-minded guidance helps outline the best plan for your assets. The first step is clearly defining the areas of wills and trusts.

What is a will?

Will I lose my home if I file Chapter 7 bankruptcy?

If you are faced with a situation where you are considering filing Chapter 7 bankruptcy, you should know there is no shame in doing so. Filing bankruptcy is an option many people use to give themselves a fresh start after an unexpected crisis throws their finances into chaos. It can happen to anyone.

It is also worth knowing what Chapter 7 bankruptcy entails, and what your options are for keeping your assets. There is often a fear that people who file bankruptcy will lose their home. Is this inevitable with Chapter 7 bankruptcy?

Debt without degree - a bitter predicament

People go to college in hopes of bettering themselves economically. But in the system we have today, college loan debt and underemployment can make it impossible to succeed.

The worst is when the debt forces you out of college, and the only jobs you can get don't pay enough to reduce that debt - which is now useless to you.

Which form of bankruptcy is right for you?

Your situation might feel hopeless if you are drowning in debt, but you always have options. One way to relieve this debt is to file for bankruptcy, though there are a few different types available. Chapter 7 and chapter 13 bankruptcy handle debt in different ways that could be a good fit for you.

An experienced bankruptcy attorney can discuss the following questions with you to guide you on the best course of action:

Why your bankruptcy attorney matters

You can tread water for a long time, but eventually it catches up to you. When you realize your debt has gotten too deep, it's difficult to swim out. Spending money is what caused the problem -- whether it was expensive personal items or a forced cost like extensive medical bills -- so it's hard to think about hiring help to resolve the problem.

But would you rather be tossed a patched-together life preserver, or board a ship and sail away?


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