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Are Separate Birthday Parties Necessary After Divorce?

[ad_1]Most children excitedly look forward to their birthday, with visions of being surrounded by friends and family, presents, and cake. While parents generally do everything they can to make their child's day special, divorced parents have the extra burden of figuring out how to handle the festivities. Will there be two separate birthday parties or will you have just one? The following article provides some tips to help you keep the drama out of the celebration.  Should You Allow Your Ex to Be at Your Child’s Birthday? By Patrick A. Wright, J.D.  For most children, celebrating a birthday is one of the most...

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Consumer Commission – Student Loan Proposals (Part II)

[ad_1] Photo: Nina Konstantinidou Last week, we outlined the ABI Commission on Consumer Bankruptcy’s proposals to improve the fresh start in bankruptcy by expanding the discharge of more student loans.  But the Commission recommended Congress make other changes to help people burdened with student loan debt. In particular, the Commission recommended that student loans be given priority treatment.  In bankruptcy, when the trustee is paying creditors, either in a chapter 7 or chapter 13 case, certain debts get paid ahead of others.  These are called “priority claims.”  Usually these are things society has a strong interest in having paid, like child support,...

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4 Things All Divorced Dads Should Do For Their Kids

[ad_1]Divorce is incredibly difficult, but it is important for you to keep in mind how your breakup is affecting your children. As a father, the best interest of your children is always your top priority. You should never lose sight of that. After divorce, your children count on you more than ever. With that in mind, here are four things all divorced dads should do to help their kids adjust to their divorce. Don’t expose them to any breakdowns Two of the most common emotions associated with divorce are anxiety and depression. There is just so much emotional turmoil to overcome that it is...

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Understand Your Money Better with MintSights™

[ad_1] We know you love Mint, and Mint loves you right back. That’s why we’ve brought a refreshed look and feel that features a sleek design, added benefits, and a simplified view of what’s important with your money. This month, Mint is rolling out a new app experience for Android users, one that iOS users have been enjoying since the Fall. Featuring exclusive data-driven Mintsights to help existing (and new!) users effortlessly stay on top of their savings, expenses and budgets. The refreshed app will intelligently use all of your financial data to unlock powerful money insights and money-saving offers and...

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Strategies for Divorcing a Narcissist

[ad_1]FTC Disclosure: We may be compensated if you make a purchase via a link on this site.Divorce is difficult under any circumstances. But divorcing a narcissist is beyond difficult. It’s nothing short of hell on earth.  What is a Narcissist? In simple terms, a narcissist is someone who is (or appears to be) in love with him/herself. According to the Mayo Clinic, "narcissistic personality disorder is a mental condition in which people have an inflated sense of their own importance, a deep need for attention and admiration, troubled relationships and a lack of empathy for others."Contrary to what it seems, however, narcissists...

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Leaving Shame Behind After Divorce

[ad_1] The emotions attached to the divorce process are unique to the individual. You may feel happy that you are finally free of a dysfunctional marriage. You may feel angry that all of the time, love, and effort you put into the marriage is all for not. You may feel guilty with the idea that you and your co-parent could not make your relationship work, and now your shared children will have to have two separate homes and have to process the end of their parents’ marriage. One of the more common emotions attached to the divorce experience is shame. Marital discord When you...

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Consumer Commission – Student Loan Discharge Recommendations

[ad_1] The American Bankruptcy Institute’s Commission on Consumer Bankruptcy issued its final report last week.   This is the first in a series of articles about those recommendations.  To see more information about the Commission, follow this link. As a commissioner, I can tell you that the subject of student loans in bankruptcy was probably the single most popular topic of suggestions to and discussions  within the Commission. And the Commission took that to heart. Most critically, we recommended bankruptcy law be re-written to allow for more student loans to be discharged — or paid — in bankruptcy cases.  The very first...

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How To Minimize Divorce Damage And Speed Your Recovery

[ad_1] The road to divorce recovery is typically long and arduous. Family court is set up in a way that tends to breed conflict, making amicable breakups tough to accomplish. Unfortunately, the divorce process tends to be even more challenging for men and fathers. So many guys end up with alimony and child support payments that bleed them dry financially and far too many fathers are left with unfavorable child custody arrangements that limit the role they play in their children’s lives. The stress and emotional turmoil of divorce increases the physical and mental health risks men are exposed to – divorce...

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What Couples Get Wrong About Marriage · Divorced Moms

[ad_1]  Emily Cowen, a musical artist I enjoy sings, “Even though we just met, these feelings are so beautiful, you and me were meant to be together.” And that is where “love” songs get love wrong. You’ve just met, the feelings are beautiful so, goodness gracious, you must be meant to be together. Wrong! Long-lasting marriages and relationships aren’t based on beautiful feelings. They thrive because of compatibility and the unique differences both genders bring to the relationship and how well each can resolve a conflict. A bit about marital compatibility Let’s look at the role compatibility plays in lasting marriages. Initial compatibility, the butterflies...

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5 Ways to Optimize Your Tax Refund

[ad_1] With tax day right around the corner, you may be wondering how best to use your tax refund. The average refund, according to the latest IRS data, comes in at $2,873—a good chunk of money that could help you make some real headway on your financial goals. So what’s the best way to really optimize your refund? Let’s unpack the details. Here are five ways to help your tax refund pack the biggest punch and put you on the most solid financial ground. 1. Chip Away at Your Debt High-interest debt is a serious wealth killer, especially if you’re carrying balances from...

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