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Getting through a contested divorce

Every divorce is going to involve conflict in one form or another; however, in an ideal situation, each spouse will be able to work through divorce-related issues through discussion and mutual compromise. It's never easy, but there are many services available that help divorcing couples through this, from divorce mediation to counseling and therapy.

Objecting to the adoption of your child

When you are the parent of a child, one of your key rights is to be able to give consent or to be able to object to the adoption of your child. If you are an unmarried father of a child, and the biological mother wants to have the child adopted, then you have the right to object. In order to be able to contest the adoption, you first must have had paternity established.

So-called "gray divorces" continue unabated

America's divorce rate hovers at about 50 percent. Some years see a bit of an uptick, and others decline slightly, but things generally average out to about half of all first-time marriages ending in divorce. The rates for subsequent marriages are generally higher, at approximately 70 percent.

Reasons why you have been denied custody

There are so many advice columns and articles giving suggestions to single parents about how they can gain full or partial custody of their child after a separation. However, this might be of little help to you if you have been denied custody of your child and you do not know why.

Don't let the tax bill for your alimony catch you by surprise

If you are headed for divorce, you may expect to receive spousal support, or alimony, as part of your divorce settlement. In cases where one spouse is the main breadwinner and the other takes care of the household, spousal support is often part of the divorce decree. For example, if your husband has been working while you put your career on hold to take care of the kids, then alimony might be in your future.

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