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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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Pet Custody Law Changing Life After Divorce for California Residents

[ad_1] After your divorce, finding a new sense of normal is important. You feel like your entire world is upended, and you are left to put the pieces back together of your life, with half of them taken away. The comfort and support that you receive at this time are critical to your post-divorce recovery. One form of support and comfort that you can receive on a daily basis is from your pet. Whether it is a dog, a cat, a bird, or some other type of animal, pets can help you survive divorce through their ability to relieve stress and...

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10 Ways to Save Money on Halloween Decorations

[ad_1] If you live a frugal lifestyle, holidays can test your commitment to thriftiness. It feels silly to spend money on decor, tableware and lawn ornaments that only come out for a few weeks a year. But that’s the point of a holiday – spending time and energy to celebrate a fleeting moment, regardless of how pointless it might seem. The good news is, tricking your place out for Halloween can be a cheap treat if you approach it the right way. Here are some of our best tips from frugal experts. Hit Up Craft Stores Justin Pritchard, CFP of Approach Financial Planning...

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How I Survived Without Child Support · Divorced Moms

[ad_1]  I am a single mom raising two boys on one income. I don’t receive child support or government assistance. I’m not asking for sympathy or tooting my own horn. These are just facts. We live a pretty good life, and I’m proud of my little family. We’ve learned a lot over the past two years, through struggles and celebrations. Single parent life is tough, but you are tougher. Let me explain how I survived without child support. At the time of my divorce, we lived over an hour away from any family, friends and my job. I had no support...

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How to Keep Your Budget in Check this Holiday Season

[ad_1] Ah, the holidays. Amid the cheer, festive gatherings with loved ones, and stress from the inevitable craziness, if not careful, they could put a serious dent on your credit cards. While it’s certainly not news that the holidays happen every year, they do have a way of unexpectedly creeping up on us. However, with a bit of prep, you can avoid those cringeworthy “overspend” moments, and avoid suffering from holiday debt hangover. Here are some ways to keep your spending in check this time around: Create a Holiday Spending Plan You may have a budget, or spending plan, for your your day-to-day...

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Philadelphia Inquirer Critiques Child Support System’s Flaws

[ad_1]The Philadelphia Inquirer recently published a story detailing the ruthless and counterproductive way in which the Montgomery County sheriff’s department utilizes midnight raids and debtor’s prisons to target fathers with outstanding child support debt. The article details how in Montgomery and other Pennsylvania and New Jersey counties, deputies conduct monthly overnight sweeps to capture parents who failed to pay child support, appear for court hearings, or both. Their names are then published in local newspapers and their arrests often aired on local newscasts. Although some are released the next day, others are held in jail for weeks or months at...

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Why Do I Feel So Guilty? · Divorced Moms

[ad_1]He abandoned our daughters but I’m the one feeling guilt and shame.   We were married for 20 years. I thought we had a fantastic marriage. That is until he expressed his unhappiness and desire for a divorce. Him wanting to leave the marriage took a toll on myself and our two daughters. He was a kind and carrying husband and father. I had NO complaints about the marriage and, I definitely had no complaints about his relationship with our daughters. He adored them. Treated them with such gentleness and love. And, they both thought he hung the moon. My ex never missed...

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Fall Into These Good Credit Habits

[ad_1] Good habits are the foundation of a stable life. Little things like exercise, hygiene, meditation and reading can have a tremendous impact if done consistently. It’s about taking a holistic approach to improving and maintaining yourself day in and day out.  The same holds true for your finances. By forming a system of healthy habits, you can avoid the stress that most people associate with managing their money. You may still have setbacks and downturns, but the road to your financial goals will be smoother and less complicated.   The best way to start is by paying closer attention to your credit...

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Navigating Social Waters After Divorce

[ad_1] When you were married, you may have had certain habits that you fell into. You may have had certain friends that you hung out with for couples’ nights or for other types of social occasions. You may have grabbed a drink with the guys or hosted a football watch party with other married couples. When you go through a divorce, these types of situations can change. The feelings of your friends You may have long-lasting relationships with these friends, but everyone reacts to a divorce in a social circle differently, and depending on the person, it can change your relationship. As awkward as...

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A Single Parents Dating Check List · Divorced Moms

[ad_1]  Single parents are multiplying. And as we get out of our sadness and rebuilding after a divorce, we begin imagining, or not imagining, ourselves in a new (different) relationship. We want things to be different. We want things to be better. We want things to work out this time. And we’ve got kids, and that changes all aspects of our life. Single parent dating, adds another level of complication. Scheduling. Coordinating time with the ex when date times conflict with your parenting schedule. In spite of all the challenges, dating as a single parent is a wonderful adventure. Below are some ideas...

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