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Stepparent adoption is not always simple

Your wedding day was special in many ways. You married the love of your life and shared the day with your closest friends and family. You also entered the challenging new world of being a stepparent.

While being a stepparent can be rewarding, and you will always have a special place in the child's heart, there are certain advantages for you and the child if you take the next step and adopt your spouse's son or daughter.

Tips for easing your children into life after divorce

All parents want to protect their children as much as possible from the stress and sadness that a divorce can bring. However, sometimes their own animosity toward each other prevents them from doing the basic things that can ease their kids into their new normal of splitting their time between their parents and two homes. Following are a few things you can do to make things easier for your kids.

Stick with a routine

Mistakes to avoid during a child custody case

Child custody is a serious issue that affects thousands of children across Kentucky every year. However, many things that can go wrong in a child custody battle can easily be avoided. You just need to know what they are and how to avoid them. Let's discuss the most common mistakes you must avoid in order to win a child custody case.

You need to stay involved in the life of your child, even if you think you are going to lose custody. Staying involved shows the court you truly care for your child and want to be as involved as possible -- even if it means losing sleep, leaving work early or taking days off from work. You need to be present in your child's life.

Preventing family arguments with an estate plan

It's common for a family to enter into a fight upon the death of the father or mother, or both. This often occurs when there is no estate plan in place or when the estate plan is not effective. Family fighting after the death of a loved one is never easy. Most fights are over the inheritance left behind to the adult children because they feel it's not fair. Here's how you can use an estate plan to avoid fighting.

Pick someone to be the executor of your estate. Most people choose one of their adult children. If there are multiple children, this can be a difficult choice. Many will simply choose the oldest child or the one who lives the closest. Others will choose a child who has business or legal experience.

Dividing the artwork from your marriage in a divorce

No matter how long you've been married it's always difficult when your spouse says that it's time to file for divorce. Whether it's a total surprise or you knew it was coming, divorce is never an easy situation to handle. There's a lot of items that you need to divide, including money and collectibles. But, what if you have a lot of artwork? Let's explore how you can divide the artwork from your marriage in a Kentucky divorce.

You need to create a list as soon as you know that divorce is on the horizon. The list should include all of the artwork purchased prior to the marriage, the artwork bought during the marriage and artwork that has been sold during the marriage.

When can Kentucky couples choose an uncontested divorce?

The choice to end your marriage likely came after months or years of consideration. Perhaps you and your spouse grew apart or there were never-ending disputes over everything, but no matter the circumstances, divorce is never easy. However, there are a few choices you can make that can reduce the complications associated with this process. One of these choices is filing for an uncontested divorce.

Uncontested divorce simply means that there are no remaining disputes between you and your soon-to-be-ex-spouse. This does not necessarily mean that you like each other, but it does mean there is no need for litigation, negotiations and other dispute resolution methods. It is simpler, faster and less expensive to complete this type of divorce. 

Considerations taken by the court for child relocation

Are you considering relocating for a job or another personal reason? Do you have children? Are you divorced, and do you have a child custody agreement? If you answered yes to all of these questions then you cannot simply pack up your life and your child's life and move somewhere else. You are required by the court to notify the other parent who is not relocating. The court will take the following into consideration when determining whether or not to allow a parent to relocate with a child.

The first consideration taken by the court will be the difference in distance between the parent's current home and their new home. The most likely way a move will be approved by the court is if it involves a shorter distance compared to a cross-country move.

The impacts of divorce on your credit score

Going through a divorce is never easy, even if you and your spouse knew this day was coming. Divorce is difficult for couples of all ages and lengths of marriage, and it is especially hard on children. Divorce can also have a ripple effect on your credit score. The physical act of divorce will not hurt or improve your credit score, but all of the financial implications from divorce can negatively impact your credit.

The biggest financial impact of a divorce is dropping down to one income from two. This will impact your credit score immensely as you now only have one income when applying for a loan, mortgage or another type of financing.

Update all documents after divorce is finalized

If you are going through a divorce in Elizabethtown, you need to be prepared for the days after it is finalized. One of the most important things you must do when the divorce is finalized is to update all of your personal documents. You will need to take your former spouse's name off the documents and update your name if you changed your last name.

The first document you must update is your life insurance policy. It most likely names your former spouse as the sole beneficiary and your children as contingent beneficiaries. Make sure you remove your spouse from the policy as soon as possible. You can split the proceeds of the policy between your children if you so choose.