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#DigitalDivorce: Divvying up online assets

Divorce these days is very different than it was just a generation or two ago. Couples divorcing in the 21st century find themselves facing issues that their parents or grandparents might never have even considered. For example, the majority of today's dissolution cases involve some form of evidence derived from social media, networking sites, email or text messages.

Another area in which the modern-day divorce is quite different from those of the past is the issue of digital and electronic assets. While intangible assets - particularly things like stock portfolios or the goodwill/reputation value of a closely held business - have always been part of divorce property settlement, today there are whole categories of digital, online and wholly electronic properties that must be carefully valued and divided.

How to maintain a noncustodial relationship with your kids

Ending a marriage is hard enough, but when both parents are concerned about the feelings of their children, the situation can be heartbreaking. If your ex ends up as the custodial parent and you become the noncustodial dad, it will be a rough adjustment for your kids to not see you every day. Fortunately, there are ways you can stay involved and build relationships even as the noncustodial parent.

You should create a social media checklist during your divorce

Social media has become an amazing way for you to reconnect with old friends, stay in touch with those who live far away and make new ones. During your divorce, social media can be as bad as it can be good if you are not careful. Always remember that once it is on the internet, it is there forever, and you should be careful what you post, particularly during divorce. The following checklist can help you determine if you should post something online, simply wait out the emotions or talk about them to someone in person.

Common adoption mistakes you want to avoid

If you are ready to grow your family and have chosen adoption as the method to do so, remember that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to this life-changing event. As you await the arrival of your new daughter or son, it's important that all the rules are followed and all details are addressed. Many adoptive parents make mistakes that can delay the adoption or even put it at risk without realizing what they are doing. The following are adoption mistakes that any potential adoptive family wants to avoid.

The effects of divorce on physical health

Divorce can be hard on everyone involved, from children and spouses to extended family and friends. It doesn't matter if the divorce is friendly or full of tension, the devastating changes can be the same. What many may not realize is that divorce affects both your physical and mental health, and caring for yourself mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually is vital to getting through the process as unscathed as possible. The following are some effects of divorce that you may not be prepared for.

4 tips on surviving a divorce

Coping with a divorce is no doubt a difficult challenge that can be compared to grieving a death. No matter how long the marriage was, how old you are or how well the situation was handled, it's going to be tough. While separating from your spouse is difficult, surviving it is possible. Here are some tips on how to emotionally manage your divorce and put your happiness first.

Important elements of a parenting plan during divorce

While a divorce can wreak havoc on the physical, mental and emotional health of the spouses involved, it can be particularly difficult if children are involved. Divorce is rarely an easy process, and finding a way to parent successfully after separation can be stressful, frustrating and painful for children and parents. A successful parenting plan can help to minimize the bad feelings and misunderstandings, and guarantee that children have stable parents to rely on despite their changing family situation. Before parents can create a successful parenting plan, they must understand what elements should be involved.

Considering International Adoption? Know What Needs to Be Done to Protect Your New Family

Adopting a child is an exciting and monumental time for your family. You are going to be bringing a new child into your home, and you will be enjoying all of the milestones that come along with new parenthood. However, navigating through the complexities of adoption can be challenging, and it's important to work with a reputable agency as well as an attorney who specializes in family law.

This is particularly important when it comes to finalizing an international adoption, as there is a lot that needs to be considered and completed when bringing your child to his or her new home in the United States.

Don't Try To Serve Divorce Papers On Your Own In Minnesota

Even when both parties are amenable, divorce can take people through a full range of emotions. There will be legal and financial issues involved that few people fully expect to encounter.  

Financial uncertainty is one of the most significant concerns, often leading people to try to cut costs in any way they can. One way is to serve the divorce papers themselves, rather than hiring an attorney right away. In Minnesota, it is more complicated than many people think and it's not a good idea. This blog post will explain some of the drawbacks.  

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