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Can my marriage end in an annulment?

There are times when a divorce is not actually the correct way to end a marriage. Sometimes, a better option is an annulment. Annulments are interesting because unlike divorces, they completely cancel a marriage. They make it as if you've never been married at all.

While a divorce ends a legal marriage, an annulment may end a marriage that was not legal or one that was based on fraud or other misunderstandings, as an example. Essentially, it makes it so the marriage was never valid.

What are a child's best interests?

When child custody cases are discussed, the term you'll hear over and over again is that any decision has to be in your child's best interests. What's important for you to understand is exactly what that means.

The best interests of a child do not necessarily mean sending a child to live with a wealthier parent or asking a parent to stay home to give them more time. Instead, the goal is to make sure that any decisions made for the child are going to help keep them healthy and happy, to provide a good education and to make sure they're well cared for.

How do you divide a child's belongings in divorce?

When you have children, it can be difficult to decide on how to divide your property. Things that you might not normally worry about, like splitting up furniture, suddenly becomes a bigger problem when it's your child's bedroom set, and you're already concerned about finances following a divorce.

For people in this situation, it can be difficult to know which furniture should go where, but a good rule is to have the furniture go to the child's primary residence. For example, if you will have your child through the week, then it makes sense to keep the bedroom set in your home.

Understand your assets before going through divorce

The difference between nonmarital and marital assets is important when divorcing. Your marital assets are part of the property division aspect of your divorce, but nonmarital assets are considered separate. As a result, any assets you can have assigned as nonmarital assets will not be given to your spouse, unless you give them the asset yourself.

It isn't always easy to know which assets are separate or marital, but with some evidence, you can have your separate property identified correctly.

Manage stress during a divorce with these 5 tips

A divorce is stressful at the best of times. You're ending a relationship that you may have thought would be forever, and at the same time, you're dealing with financial and legal stressors.

It can be hard to overcome the stress of a divorce, which is why it's a smart choice to look into ways to make your divorce easier. Here are some tips to help you.

Gray divorce: What to know when you divorce over 50

When you decide to get a divorce later in life, there are many factors that you need to consider. Divorcing later in life means that you have a few additional things to think about, like dividing your retirement account or finding out if you're entitled to any of your spouse's pension.

One thing you're likely to need is a Qualified Domestic Relations Order (QDRO), is an order that lets ex-spouses collect funds from a retirement account early. The QDRO shows how the assets will be divided. It can help you move those funds, too, without the same penalties you'd otherwise face.

3 tips to help you prepare for divorce

When you got married, you probably did not even think about divorce being a possibility. Moreover, you probably didn't bother to draft a prenuptial agreement. Fortunately, if you are thinking about divorce, it is not too late to take steps to protect your assets. With a little bit of planning, you can prepare for divorce and protect your interests so that when it comes time to start your new life, you will be ready.

Divorce, like marriage, is a major life event. Once you make the decision to move forward with ending your marriage, things will completely change. You or your spouse might move out of your house in Lakewood, there will no longer be two incomes to take care of expenses and you will have to work out a custody schedule for the kids. While there are some things that you will simply have to deal with as they come, you can still take steps to prepare your finances.

Know your rights: Divorces and annulments

You aren't happy with your marriage, and you were just married recently. You want to dissolve the marriage, but a divorce seems unnecessary since you've barely been married for a month.

One potential option is an annulment. Annulments are different from divorces because they can completely nullify your marriage. You would walk away from your marriage as if you'd never been married. With divorce, you're terminating a marriage, but the marriage itself was still valid.

Yes, you may need to change a custody schedule as your child ages

When you set up your custody schedule, your child was young. They were not going to school yet, and all you had to do was make sure that someone was there to watch them.

Today, they're much older and well into their schooling. As they've progressed to higher grades, you've found that they want to join more clubs and activities. Now, the schedule you had in the past isn't working. On top of that, your child is old enough to complain about the arrangements and has told you that they're not happy with the current custody schedule.

Help! How do I ask for a divorce?

You've given it a lot of thought, and deep down inside you know that there's no way to save your marriage. Despite the challenges of divorce and the way it will impact your life in the future, it's time to push forward.

The first step is discussing your feelings with your spouse. Asking for a divorce sounds simple, especially if you're not getting along, but it's not always easy to bring your thoughts to life.

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