Are you engaged to be married? While you may be busy with wedding planning, it's also important that you take care of some financial planning. When you get married, you'll be combining incomes, assets, and even debt with your new spouse. While you'll likely have a long and happy marriage, it's always good to prepare for the possibility that you may not. In the event of a divorce, unwinding your combined finances could be tricky.
Divorce hurts -- no doubt about it. It hurts your offspring perhaps the most, and this is partly because they are powerless to do anything about it. They also can feel torn in their loyalties between you and your ex. It is important for you to avoid making the following mistakes that can harm your children. 1. Refuse to Cooperate or Negotiate with the Other Parent While dividing up your assets may be difficult and take some time, issues involving your children should take precedence.
Are you having trouble paying your mortgage? Have you fallen months behind on your payments? If so, foreclosure may be looming on the horizon. Very often, struggling homeowners choose to ignore the problem, hoping that it will somehow go away on its own. That's usually a mistake. Your lender probably doesn't want to foreclose on your home. That will leave them with a property that they'll have to maintain and sell.
In the past, it has been customary in America for women to change their names after marriage. Today, the standards are not so consistent. Many women choose to change their names, and some keep their last names. Some families hyphenate their names and others choose entirely new names. No matter what you choose to do during the marriage, you might want to change your name after a divorce. Of course, this is not always an easy decision.
If your spouse has suffered a traumatic brain injury, you have learned firsthand that this type of injury can cause significant personality changes. The two of you may plan to stay married, but the situation could be difficult if your spouse is quite a bit different than the person you knew before the accident. If you have not yet accepted a financial settlement, consult a personal injury lawyer to learn how much compensation you may actually deserve.