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Tips for making divorce easier

What are some of the first images that come to mind when you hear the word divorce? For many people, it is of families torn apart, tears, fighting and grief. Divorce is quite common today compared to three or four decades ago. Divorce was stigmatized back then - and it still is today, but to a lesser extent. There are still many clich?s about divorce, such as children being from "broken homes." Slowly, these views are changing, and maybe it's time that people who are going through a divorce try to look at it differently, too. One expert weighs in on some ways that you could change your approach to your divorce to make it easier on you and your children.

How divorce affects retirement assets

When couples divorce, property division is one of the main priorities right after child custody. While many couples may focus on the home and vehicles, another major point of contention is often the retirement accounts. This is especially true for couples who have been married for many years. Financial experts agree that taxation is the primary issue concerning retirement assets, and here are a few ways to avoid the taxman when those assets are divided during a divorce.

Divorcing? Here's what your married friends really think about it

Divorce is one of the most stressful, emotional times in a person's life. You may feel as though your life is being torn apart, that you are not capable of keeping your family together, and you may wonder how the kids will cope. More than anything, you want to be able to confide in your friends about what is really going on during this life-altering process. Your friends will listen and offer advice, but you feel somewhat disconnected from them. What has happened?

Will you be a better parent after a divorce?

Parenting is difficult, even with both parents living in the same household. When a divorce occurs, it can become even more difficult, as one parent will be tasked with raising the children - at least when the kids are at that parent's home. Different parenting styles, visitation schedules and dealing with the raw emotions after a divorce can make any parent question their abilities in this vital role. There is some advice from parents who have been through it, though, and this advice can help you become a better parent after a divorce.

Same-sex marriages recognized by IRS in all states

For same-sex couples married in states that legally recognize their union, the Internal Revenue Service will now treat the couple the same as heterosexual married couples. This will apply even if the same-sex couple lives in a state that does not recognize same-sex marriages.

$1.2 Million in child support sought by Allen Iverson's ex-wife

The ex-wife of a former NBA player wants 13 years' worth of child support and the total amount is staggering - $1.2 million. Allen Iverson was a former guard for the Philadelphia 76ers. The couple divorced in 2010 and have been in court many times since then over child support.

Census data shows more men living in single-person homes

There are a lot of statistics available about how people live after a divorce. Most deal with women and children. Census data is often used to determine increases or declines in particular households and the latest census data is no different. The latest Census data reveals that more men in one age group are living by themselves than ever before. Experts believe the rise in divorce rates across the country could be the reason.

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