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How joint-custody arrangements can benefit children

As someone working your way through the aftermath of a divorce, you may be learning to adjust to having your child or children only part of the time. For many Pennsylvania parents, this is one of the most painful and emotional aspects of divorce, but it may help you adjust to your new situation if you recognize that joint-custody arrangements can actually be highly advantageous for children of divorce.

More specifically, according to , a study involving roughly 150,000 kids who were either 12 or 15 years of age revealed some interesting findings about the benefits of joint-custody arrangements. The study showed that, while kids from “nuclear families,” or two-parent homes, had the fewest psychosomatic issues, children of divorce whose parents shared custody had far fewer issues than kids who had divorced parents but lived exclusively with just one parent.

Adultery's impact on divorce in Pennsylvania

Couples in Pennsylvania no longer need a reason to divorce. A recent law passed stating couples seeking a no-fault divorce only have to wait one year to follow through as opposed to two years. 

However, couples can still file for divorce on the grounds of adultery. In some states, one spouse being unfaithful has no impact on the divorce proceedings, but that is not the case in Pennsylvania. There are cases where adultery can affect some of the items in a divorce, and both spouses need to be ready.

Your business’s value is important to your divorce

You probably decided to start a business for many of the same reasons you chose to marry your spouse. Not only does your business provide you with financial stability, it also allows you to grow as a person. While your marriage is now on the rocks, your business may continue to thrive. Accordingly, before you file for divorce, you must think about the value of your commercial venture. 

If your business is successful, your soon-to-be-ex-spouse probably wants some of its profits. If it operates in the red, however, you may wish to distribute losses with your ex. Either way, you must know how much your business is worth to best plan your divorce. 

When is the right time to divorce?

As you decide to end your marriage, you may wonder if there is a "right" time to do so. Popular months for divorce tend to be January, August and March, reveals Forbes. But the reason may be due to emotions and not actual advantages.

It is better to base timing on finances, children's needs, the presence of abuse and other factors. Here are a few things to consider as you make the decision of when to file for divorce.

Considerations to make for dating while separated

After a divorce, you may want to immediately get back out there in the dating scene. Before doing this, you want to make sure you are patient and you know not to put all of your eggs into one basket. 

Pennsylvania does take adultery into account during divorce cases. Therefore, some people are hesitant to date again even after separating. It is possible to date during this separation period, but you should keep in mind specific considerations to make sure you date wisely. 

Reasons to choose divorce mediation

Ending your marriage is a major life event that comes with a lot of stressors. You may be afraid that your divorce will be a long and destructive process, but your marital split does not need to follow that route.

Instead of handling your divorce through the court system, you can mediate. In mediation, a neutral party will help you and your spouse arrive at a mutually beneficial agreement. Here are some reasons why you may want to choose mediation instead of litigation:

Do not believe these 4 divorce myths

If this is your first time getting a divorce, the process will naturally be unfamiliar. You may seek advice from family members or friends. Take the tips you get from these well-meaning people with a grain of salt. More often than not, what you hear about divorce is either completely wrong or not applicable to your situation. 

The problem with believing divorce myths is that it has real-world consequences. If you buy into these misconceptions, you may get a lopsided settlement. Here are some of the most prevalent myths about divorce. 

3 tips for an amicable divorce

The word "divorce" usually conjures up images of long, drawn-out courtroom battles and dramatic fighting between contentious ex-spouses. While this is the reality for some divorces, it does not have to be for every divorce. 

If you are seeking an amicable divorce, or at least a divorce in which you try to avoid as much drama and fighting as possible, there are a few basic tips you can keep in mind. Working towards a collaborative divorce can help you rebuild with less conflict and stress than you would experience in a traditional litigated divorce.

From alimony to manimony

If you are one of the many Pennsylvania women who have flocked to theaters to see RBG, the new documentary movie about Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, you know how much things have changed for American women since the 1950s when “a woman’s place is in the home.” Husbands supported the family and virtually all wives stayed home to have babies and manage the household. Ms. Ginsburg was one of the very few exceptions.

Divorce was a relatively rare occurrence back then given the facts that it was often forbidden, especially for Catholics, and few women had any job skills whatsoever, making it impossible for them to support themselves and their children after a divorce. The main solution to this latter problem was alimony, the monthly post-divorce payments that judges required more well-to-do ex-husbands to pay to their ex-wives.

3 major custody mistakes to avoid

Negotiating custody is rarely an easy endeavor. You must consider your schedule, the schedule of your ex, the needs of your child and the legal parameters, too. All of these factors make visitation stressful, and they can be disheartening, too, when you are simply trying to keep your kids' lives as stable as possible. It is important, though, that you remain committed for making custody work for the sake of your children.

According to the California Cognitive Behavioral Institute, custody battles can negatively affect a child's well-being. Visitation is a collaborative process, and it is essential to stay focused on what matters most. This means being aware of common mistakes and how to avoid them. 

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