Living with a teenager is never dull. While it may seem like your child is flitting from one thing to the next, including emotions, he or she is likely searching for a unique identity. You may be seeing your son or daughter exploring interests that are vastly different from yours and developing strong opinions.
One of the most common areas of dispute when parents divorce involves the parenting plan or custody agreement. Whether the divorce is a collaborative one or litigation is involved, it is generally believed that children are best served when both parents are active in the raising of the kids. Ideally, this means (depending on the plan) that both parents are involved on a day-to-day or week-to-week basis.
Actors Johnny Depp and Amber Heard’s divorce was one of the ugliest high-profile divorces in recent memory. There was celebrity bad behavior involving Depp’s hard partying-lifestyle, but most damaging were Heard’s allegations of physical and emotional abuse, which led to a restraining order against Depp in 2016 and subsequent divorce in 2017.
Facing divorce means dealing with uncertainty. Even if you are the one who initiated the breakup, you may be unsure of what your future holds, particularly where your finances are concerned. The longer your marriage, the more entangled your finances may be, and even couples who have substantial wealth may have to deal with the unexpected issues in dividing their assets and income.
There are many advantages to using mediation to handle family law matters such as divorce or custody issues. Advocates point to benefits, such as it is less expensive and much quicker than litigation. It also gives the couple much more control over how matters are resolved rather than leaving such matters to a stranger (the judge) to make important decisions that will affect the lives of family members.
As your divorce proceedings approach, you may have mixed feelings about the process. You may look forward to ending a marriage that has been filled with conflict, but you may also feel dread knowing that the conflict will likely fill the divorce as well.