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November 2018 Archives

The basics of parental relocation

After a North Dakota divorce, the living arrangements for the parent with residential responsibility of children from the marriage might change based on the circumstances. This can impact visitation plans and other issues that could cause a dispute between the parties. For parents who are either considering a parental relocation or are concerned about how it will affect their ability to see their children, understanding the basics of what the state law says about relocation is key. This will be imperative when trying to navigate the situation.

Even an amicable divorce requires legal assistance

The initial reaction when the word "divorce" is mentioned in North Dakota is that the couple is in dispute over every single issue large and small and the situation has grown so contentious that the end of a marriage is the only viable alternative. While that does happen in many cases, some divorces are relatively amicable with negotiation possible to avoid a rancorous and time-consuming battle. Even if the parties are on relatively good terms, however, it is still advisable to have legal assistance to ensure all the agreements are on solid legal ground and there is documentation over important issues.

Tips for peaceful co-parenting during the holiday season

The holidays can be a time when emotions are running high and parents may find it difficult to navigate the season without disputes and conflict. If you co-parent or you are walking through divorce and plan to co-parent, it may be helpful to know how to deal with the stress and difficulties of the holiday season. With the right perspective, you can keep the peace and protect the well-being of your kids.

Property division, retirement accounts impacted by court decision

In a divorce case in North Dakota, there are a litany of issues that will be of concern and in dispute. For those who have significant retirement assets, the high asset divorce process can be complex and worrisome for both the person who has the account and the other party. Both sides will want a fair share. Part of dealing with this is to keep track of court rulings regarding how the law deals with them. A recent decision makes it imperative to re-assess how retirement assets are handled.

OneDrive gives you access to your legal docs when you want them

What do you want from a legal office? Obviously, you would want a competent staff and an attorney who is good in his her or her field, but what else do you want? Have you thought about accessibility to any documents you are having or have had prepared for you? If you have not, you should.

When should you consider collaboration for your divorce?

North Dakota readers know divorce is a difficult process, and you may be dreading the thought of walking through a traditional divorce. In some cases, there are other legal options available for those who do not want to go to court and battle over the terms of their divorce order. If you want something different for your divorce, collaboration may be the right option for you. 

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Commandments of Family Law

  1. The only truth your children need to know is that you both love them unconditionally, and that this isn't their fault.
  2. Take the high road — everyone wins when you do what's best for your kids.
  3. Negotiate but don't capitulate — if you are being pushed toward something detrimental for your children, stand your ground.
  4. You can only control yourself and how you respond. Don't engage.
  5. Do set up rules and responsibilities. Kids feel better when routine is continued.
  6. You are still their parent — don't be afraid to be one.
  7. Disneyland is in California, not in your home. Don't set up unreasonable expectations.
  8. It is not their job to take care of you. Repeat that to them. Often.
  9. Yelling is for sports — not court. Good lawyers strongly advocate without being disrespectful to opposing parties.
  10. Fair is a place you go to get cheese curds. Aside from that, nothing in life is fair.

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