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How can you be an ideal stepparent?

Getting out of an unhealthy relationship can be challenging and leave you wondering if your life will ever be quite the same. Then, you meet someone special and begin to enjoy a new, exciting and rewarding relationship. However, with this adventure comes a new set of challenges as your significant other has children of their own. Now, your mind begins to flood with questions of how to be an ideal stepparent without coming on too strong or appearing insincere.

Protecting finances and long-term security during a divorce

When people decide to get divorced in Tennessee, one of the major hurdles they will face is separating their finances, reassessing retirement accounts and benefits, and reestablishing financial independence. Individuals who take a proactive approach to getting their finances in order and modifying their spending habits to reflect their relationship changes, will most likely face a much more successful financial future than those who do not. 

How a new tax law could alter prenuptial agreement clauses

When young couples are preparing to wed in Tennessee, one of the last things they feel like addressing is a prenuptial agreement. However, this decision can be valuable in creating some agreements designed to protect both parties in the event of a divorce. Once an agreement is made and signed, it seems unlikely that the meaning could change over time, but it can happen in certain circumstances. 

How do you determine the "best interests" of your children?

You and your spouse have reached the conclusion that divorcing is the only viable option to resolving ongoing marital conflict. Now, you are faced with the very difficult task of telling your children what is going to happen and then doing your best to help them cope with the changes that will be taking place. Most likely, throughout the legal process in Tennessee, courts will make important decisions about the future of your children only after considering their best interests. 

Divorcing as the parent of a child with special needs

Divorce can be hard for people whether they are wealthy or facing financial challenges, but there are certain instances when this process can be especially tough. For example, parents of children with special needs will face additional tensions and decisions as they bring their marriage to an end, for a variety of reasons. If you are worried about how your divorce will impact your special needs child, it is important to prepare for the changes that lie ahead and, if possible, discuss these matters with your child's other parent.

Easing your way into your role as a step-parent

If you have recently gotten into a relationship with someone who has children from a previous relationship, you may have already started to think about your role as a step-parent. Building an effective and trustworthy relationship with a child who is not your own by blood can be challenging and even discouraging at times. At Fidelis Law, PLLC, we have helped many step-parents in Tennessee through the process of adopting their step-children.

Preventing divorce from hurting an investment portfolio

For couples seeking a divorce in Tennessee, rarely does a day go by where they are not met with uncertainty and concern about the future. Often, many critical decisions need to be made within a brief period of time that will greatly affect a couple's future. These decisions range from negotiating child custody agreements to discussing how shared assets, finances and investments will be fairly split between two people. 

What is a QDRO? Retirement account division in a divorce

Some of your marital assets are fairly easy to divide during your Tennessee divorce negotiations. However, your spouse's retirement accounts are not as straightforward, with the possibilities of taxes, penalties and other problems looming if things are not done just right. According to FindLaw, one tool often used in these situations is a Qualified Domestic Relations Order.

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