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Consider the benefits of a bifurcated divorce

Do you worry that your divorce will end up dragging along because you and your spouse can't agree on a specific issue that's related, like child support?

If you live in California, you may be able to separate the issue that's holding things up from the issue of your final divorce papers. That process, called a bifurcation, can allow couples to end their marriage even though they haven't quite worked out all the details.

What's digital infidelity (and could it end your marriage)?

The advent of social media has changed numerous things about American society -- including what many people see as infidelity.

Traditional notions of infidelity required an actual physical dalliance between an unfaithful spouse and his or her romantic partner. Thanks to the internet and social media, however, couples are reassessing what it really means to be unfaithful.

What happens when my child doesn't want to go for a visitation?

What do you do when your child doesn't want to visit your co-parent?

Maybe your child simply resents the schedule interruption caused by visitation. Perhaps going to the other parent's house is boring. Maybe your ex-spouse and your child simply aren't getting along. Whatever the reason, a number of problems arise when a child suddenly balks at their scheduled visitation.

Study says costly weddings lead to divorces

Money can't buy happiness. Money also can't buy a lasting marriage. That's the official word from researchers, at least.

According to a recent study by a number of economists, the costly trappings of a wedding, including an expensive engagement ring, are no barrier to a divorce. In fact, the couples who spend the most are most likely to see their marriages falter fast.

Is your ex refusing to follow the visitation order? Do this

What do you do when your ex isn't following the court-ordered custody schedule for your children?

This is the sort of post-divorce event that nearly every parent dreads. Yet, most parents fail to have a response plan in mind if it does happen. Don't make that mistake. The faster you react to an issue with your visitation, the more clearly you'll convey the boundaries of your post-divorce existence with your ex.

Britney Spears asked to pay $60,000 per month in child support

Celebrities often go through the same sort of struggles that ordinary people do -- just more publicly and on a larger scale. There are elements of their lives, however, that often help illustrate some valuable lessons.

One of those lessons is what it means to pay enough support so that you maintain a child's existing standards of living whenever possible.

Issues for couples during a same-sex divorce

As of 2015, same-sex marriages have been legal everywhere in the nation.

That's great news. Unfortunately, however, not every marriage gets a happy ending. For same-sex couples that do divorce, the complicated history of same-sex marriages in the United States has a lasting legacy that can make divorce just as troublesome.

How to protect your child at school when there's a custody issue

What are your rights at school when there's a custody dispute going on?

You may be afraid of any number of things, but the idea that your child's other parent might try to abduct your child may never be far from your mind. Parental abductions are an unfortunate reality when parents have trouble adjusting to the limitations courts sometimes set on their custody and visitation.

How does a therapist help if you're thinking about divorce?

A lot of people eventually get a therapist if they're thinking about divorce...but they may not get exactly what they're looking for when they do.

If you're looking for a therapist to tell you if you should give your marriage another shot or get a divorce, you'll likely be disappointed. Most therapists say that's generally inappropriate to do except in situations where physical abuse is occurring.

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