If you are newly separated and awaiting a divorce, you may have barely gotten through Thanksgiving by pasting a fake smile on your face that fooled nobody. It's likely that you are dreading the upcoming winter holidays as well.
You may think that only movie stars, sports icons and business moguls hire private judges for their divorces and other civil legal matters. They do, of course. However, private judges are becoming more common -- not just in New York and California, but more recently in Texas and other states.
With the rise of "gray divorce" over the past few decades, more adults than ever are having to face the reality that their parents are no longer together while figuring out how to explain the situation to their own children.
You have always known that divorce was a possibility, but now you're wondering just how likely it is. Are there any warning signs or red flags to alert you? How do you know if your marriage is on the rocks? You may have heard of people being honestly surprised when a "happy" spouse files for divorce. You do not want that to be you.
Before you walked down the aisle on that perfect fall Texas day a number of years ago, you didn't sign a prenuptial agreement.
We can never fully be prepared for divorce. Not emotionally. And certainly not financially.
If you're co-parenting with a former partner or spouse who is not actively seeking treatment for alcoholism or drug addiction, it can be frightening leaving the kids with him or her. You never know what might transpire if your ex is too impaired to properly supervise them or respond to emergencies.