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10 Things I Believe I Owe My Children After Divorce · Divorced Moms

[ad_1]  It may seem odd that I feel compelled to write about things I believe I owe my children because they’ve endured my divorce. Yet as an adult child of divorced parents and a mom who has been divorced, it’s my belief that children of divorce are entitled to certain rights. That’s not to say that children raised in intact families don’t have rights – it’s just that children of divorce deserve special consideration. Distinguished divorce researcher Elizabeth Marquardt adds her perspective on children of divorce: “The hard truth, she says, is that while divorce is often necessary, even amicable divorces sow...

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The Scariest Things to Happen to Your Budget

[ad_1] I’ve been kicking around an idea for a scary movie. The main character leads a fairly normal life with a stable job, an affordable apartment and a partner to share expenses with. Things are going well. Then one day, they try to make a deposit at the bank – and there’s no record of an account by that name. When they show up to their job, that position no longer exists. Every trace of financial identity has vanished, and the character’s life spirals out of control until they eventually end up in a homeless shelter. Maybe that’s a terrible idea for...

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When is it Time for Modification?

[ad_1] When your divorce ends, your case is not always necessarily over. There are times after the decree is finalized, where you may have to revisit the case, in order to help your post-divorce recovery. This action is not about your children, who may be caught in the crossfire of additional fighting between their parents. You do not love them any less, and you should not feel the stigma of modifying the decree, in order to pay less child support. This also is not an action based on how you feel about your ex-spouse. While they may not be your favorite individual,...

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Where Do Pre-Nups Fit In? · Divorced Moms

[ad_1]  Congratulations! You have found love again after your peaceful (or not-so-peaceful) divorce from your first spouse. You have decided that you want to live together and blend your lives, just like in your first marriage when you were fairly young. What do you need to know about baby boomers marrying again? You (and your fiancé) believe marriage is an institution that will support your high level of commitment to each other.  You want to do more than just date, or live together without being married.  You see your relationship as permanent and wish it to be life-long and supportive throughout...

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How to Save Money in Just 6 Simple Steps

[ad_1] You probably already know you need to save more money — but where do you start? The thought of stockpiling away funds isn’t glamorous, but learning some simple tricks for how to save money as early as possible will be beneficial in the long run by establishing good habits. And it’s easier than you may think to save money. Just a few strategic decisions is all you need to set yourself up for financial success. Before you know it, you’ll be hitting your savings goals with minimal effort. 1. Set Yourself Up With the Right Type of AccountSavings accounts provide a...

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5 Top Habits to Help You Stress Less About Your Finances

[ad_1] If your finances are a constant source of stress and anxiety, you’re certainly not alone. In fact, 40 percent of American adults say they would have a tough time covering an unexpected expense of $400 or more, according to the Federal Reserve’s Report on the Economic Well-Being of U.S. Households in 2017. Furthermore, 1 in 10 adults says they struggled to pay their bills at least once in the past year due to varying income. A sobering truth bomb? Reducing financial stress when you don’t make enough is nearly impossible, explains Emily Guy Birken, author of End Financial Stress Now....

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Chris Watts Pleads Guilty To Killing Pregnant Wife And Daughters (A Cautionary Tale) · Divorced Moms

[ad_1]  Chris Watts and his attorneys have reached a plea deal in the highly-watched murder case out of Frederick, Colorado. Watts is accused of killing his wife, Shanann, and his two young daughters, Bella and Celeste. Shanann was pregnant with their third child, a boy. Watts could face three consecutive life sentences. The request to not seek the death penalty came from Shanann Watts’ family. Investigators say Watts killed his family and then dumped their bodies on the property belonging to an oil company. Watts had worked for that company until the allegations arose. The girls’ bodies were found in oil barrels and Shanann’s body was...

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Is Child Support Debt Consolidation Possible?

[ad_1] Falling behind on child support payments is one of the quickest ways fathers can cripple their finances, especially in states that apply interest charges. Child support debt can quickly snowball and lead to wage garnishment and in some cases even prison. Inherently, the child support system is especially harsh on low-income parents, so it is easy to fall behind. When your bills start to add up and your child support debt grows, you might wonder if child support debt consolidation is possible. If you find yourself falling into child support debt, it is critical that you act quickly to remedy to situation....

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How to Set Yourself Up for Success During the Holidays

[ad_1] What’s in store for your credit this holiday shopping season?  Holiday shopping season is upon us. Whether you’re looking for a good deal on something you’ve wanted for a while or finalizing a list of gifts, there’s one thing you may not be paying enough attention to: your credit. Fortunately, we’re here to help with some pointers for you, whether your credit is in good shape or might need some work.  If you already have good credit… If you already have good credit, congratulations. That’s a real achievement for which you should be proud. Here are a few things to consider as...

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10 Co-Parenting Lessons I Learned While Co-Parenting · Divorced Moms

[ad_1]  To some, I’m a parent, step-parent, co-parent and former single parent. To me, I’m Stacy and I’m a mom, that’s it, plain and simple. Regardless of the title, my role as a parent is the same. I love, I’m consistent and I’m compassionate. My parenting journey is, well, a journey. My first child was born out of wedlock, in fact so was my second. I married my babies’ daddy and we divorced two years later. Single parenting was difficult; however, it was easier parenting alone than with my former husband. Our parenting values were similar; but he wasn’t a good...

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