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Losing interest in your partner and filing for divorce

Sometimes, people file for divorce due to unexpected and very challenging problems they face, such as an affair or very serious allegations that completely change their perspective of their spouse. However, people may also file for divorce for relatively mundane reasons that have been building over the years, such as a loss of interest in their partner. People may lose interest in their partner (and, ultimately, their marriage), for a number of different reasons and wonder if it is possible for them to end the marriage on this basis.

People who are determined to end their marriage for this reason should explore their options prior to moving forward. They should think about some of the different ways that their lives may change after splitting up with their spouse and prepare accordingly. In some marriages, the restoration of interest in the marriage can be achieved through counseling and communication, while other marriages are inevitably destined to fall apart.

Claiming dependents after divorce

Washington parents who are divorced or separated should take care when claiming their children as dependents on tax returns. Complications can arise if both parents claim the kids as dependents.

Claiming children as dependents means that parents will be able to claim the Head of Household filing status. They could also potentially claim the Earned Income Tax Credit Child Tax Credit and Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit, all of which can help reduce a tax burden and increase tax refunds.

Lump-sum payment ordered on reality TV star's divorce

It may be easy for many in Federal Way to view alimony as a form of punitive action. After all, it is paid by the spouse viewed as being more economically well off, which may make it seems as though they are having to compensate for their ex-spouse's lack of similar earning potential. Yet in reality, spousal support is meant to be just that. It is only supposed to assist the financially disadvantaged spouse until such point as they are once again able to secure the same standard of living they had while married. As such, alimony is not meant to be permanent, and may not even come in the form of a monthly payment. 

This fact is clearly demonstrated in the case of former reality TV personality Jack Osbourne. News of his split from his now-former wife broke last year. The couple's divorce was recently finalized without having an alimony obligation imposed on Osbourne. He is, however, required to pay his ex-wife a $1 million lump-sum payment on top of the $300,000 has had already given her in order for her to buy a new home. The terms of their agreement also require Osbourne to pay $7,000 every month in child support. 

Dealing with custody issues as a young parent

Whenever parents split up, dealing with child custody can be especially tough. In fact, this is often one of the most emotional and draining aspects of divorce. After all, a child's future is at stake and a parent's ability to maintain a relationship with their child may even be threatened. Every custody case is different and may pose unique challenges, but some parents face an especially hard time. For example, a young parent may have a number of obstacles to overcome if they find themselves in the middle of a custody dispute or fighting for their visitation rights.

Some young parents are still in school, such as those who are trying to finish a college degree. Many may be enrolled in college so that they can earn a degree and pursue a more lucrative career to provide their child with a better quality of life. Unfortunately, custody disputes can interfere with college and vice versa. College students dealing with a custody dispute may have a hard time focusing on their studies and thoroughly exploring their legal options during a dispute over child custody.

How does the new tax law affect alimony payments?

Many people with high-paying jobs, such as those in the technology sector, must think about the financial consequences of divorce.

For example, the new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act reverses existing legislation concerning alimony payments. If you are about to end your marriage, how will this affect you and your soon-to-be ex-spouse?

Texting helps parents and children connect after divorce

Many people in Washington criticize the way children interact with phones, tablets and other electronic devices, particularly when it comes to social media. There have been many reports about cyberbullying and other inappropriate online behavior. However, these technologies have also brought positive effects into many families' lives. After a divorce, electronic communications can help to ensure that children are never far away from both of their parents.

According to a recently published study, even when exes don't get along well after a divorce, parent-child relationships remain strong so long as the children remained in direct communication with both parents. This communication did not necessarily need to be in-person; video chats, texts and other interactions also helped to foster a sense of love and well-being for the children. Researchers found that even when children and parents rarely saw each other in person, electronic communications were vital to bridging the gap. Even the children of high-conflict divorces felt connected to both of their parents through texting and social media.

Protecting a business in a divorce

In Washington, people typically marry because they believe their relationships will last for a lifetime. Even though these engaged couples have noble intentions, they may want to take extra steps to protect special assets, such as businesses. Emotions often run high during divorce proceedings. Consequently, a business owner or non-owner may suffer monetary losses during the property division process.

Some entrepreneurs include their spouses as legal owners of their businesses. But these business owners especially need to protect themselves in case of a divorce. A married couple can choose to sign a formal contract or make informal arrangements to explicate what will happen in case a divorce takes place. In some cases, married co-owners can continue to manage operations after they split. If animosity is too high, however, it may be wise for one ex to sell off their stake.

Maintaining normalcy during the divorce process

Ending a marriage can bring up hard feelings, and it can interfere with daily life in different ways. Some people become very anxious and stressed out about what they are going through, while others may feel sad or even experience positive feelings such as optimism and relief. Everyone has a different experience when they work through the divorce process, but for some people it can be quite hard. If you are facing challenges as you work through your divorce, it is important to do what you can to maintain a sense of normalcy—especially if you have kids.

There are various ways in which you may be able to retain a sense of normalcy even though you are experiencing major changes in your life and have a lot of uncertainty. For example, you could benefit from focusing on the positive aspects of your life that remain unchanged. It is important to prevent any divorce-related stressors from interfering with your work, which could lead to additional issues if left unchecked (poor job performance could result in a demotion or the loss of a job, for example). You should also try to prevent your divorce from adversely impacting your other relationships.

Am I eligible for BAH post-divorce?

You will probably still get your basic allowance for housing after a divorce, but there are many factors that could affect it. You, like most service members, probably depend on these funds. If you anticipate some difficulty in keeping current with your housing payments in the competitive Washington real estate market, especially if you live around King County, it could benefit you to do some investigation into how your specific situation might affect the future status of your BAH.

Some of the most common factors that could contribute to a reduced allowance include the military status of your spouse, does the custody agreement regarding your children and the place where you live after your divorce. You may also encounter issues associated with different income levels before and after the divorce is finalized.

How interstate custody battles work

If you and your spouse are getting a divorce, you may live in different states. This can complicate a variety of legal, financial and emotional issues, especially in regards to child custody. Fighting for custody rights across state lines can get ugly and complex. 

So, how can you resolve interstate custody battles? Here is an overview of the laws that govern this issue and how the courts work in these situations.