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Gambling addiction and the divorce process

Whether someone is addicted to slot machines, card games or betting on sports, gambling addictions can make life challenging in many ways. Sometimes, compulsive gambling results in the breakdown of a marriage, especially if a spouse is upset with their partner’s behavior or the financial complications associated with excessive gambling. Moreover, even when a gambling problem is not to blame for the end of a marriage, someone who has a tendency to gamble too much may have an especially difficult time with this during their divorce.

Protecting your reputation during divorce

The end of a marriage can be a difficult process for various reasons, such as a parent’s unwillingness to pay child support or disagreement regarding how custody should be split up. Sometimes, a person’s reputation may be at stake, both during and after the divorce process. For example, someone may worry that an unfavorable outcome in court, such as losing a custody dispute, could reflect poorly on their reputation. Or, someone may find that the very decision to file for divorce has brought judgment from their friends, family members and even the community, in some cases. Moreover, some people face these problems because of personal attacks coming from their former partner.

Poverty, other financial issues and divorce

Many people concentrate on emotional issues surrounding divorce, such as depression and other negative feelings, while some may have serious concerns related to their children (how custody will be awarded, the ways in which their kids will be impacted by the divorce process, and so on). There are many other divorce issues to explore, however, such as various financial considerations. For some parents, poverty is a serious challenge with respect to divorce, whether financial challenges led to the breakdown of a marriage or a parent is worried about their financial future afterward. There may be many other financial considerations to go over before and after a divorce as well.

A fresh start after ending your marriage

Marriages fall apart for countless reasons, and every couple faces unique circumstances. For example, some do not have kids together, while others struggle with custody disputes or financial concerns as a result of property division, child support, alimony or another factor. Some people tend to dwell on some of the negative aspects of the divorce process, but there are a number of positive ways in which life can change as well. For example, some people are able to find a fresh start after splitting up with their spouse.

How is personal property divided in a divorce?

You may have a pretty good idea of how you and your spouse will divide your assets fairly in your Montana divorce. But what about the antique furniture and the art collection? To determine what is fair, you will need to find out what they are worth, and that means you will need to hire a professional appraiser.

New tax law behind push for divorces in 2018

People who live in Montana and are getting divorced know how difficult it can be to come to a final settlement agreement regardless of the circumstances. When faced with the prospect of paying even more money in taxes if a divorce is finalized in 2019 versus in 2018, one can understandably want to ensure that a final judgement is achieved this year. That is precisely what many may actually be doing in light of some significant changes afoot in the New Year.

Should I keep my home after a divorce?

If you are facing the prospect of getting divorced in Montana, you are also likely facing the prospect of losing some of your assets or belongings. This is unfortunately an inherent part of splitting up a marital home for most people. When it comes to your actual home, you or your spouse might want to keep that rather than sell it. However, there are important facts to be aware of before you make this choice.

A look at how middle-aged marriages are affected by divorce

When you think about divorcing couples, chances are your attention is immediately drawn to the many people you know who are divorced early on in their marriage or before the age of 50. However, despite not happening as frequently, couples who divorce in their later years after having been married for decades does happen. If you and your spouse are considering separating despite having been married for a significant length of time, you are indeed not alone. At Cunningham Law Office, we have helped many couples in Montana to work through the dissolution of their marriage. 

Grounds for divorce in Montana

If you have been contemplating getting a divorce, then your research in to the process has likely unearthed to seemingly contradicting concepts: "grounds for divorce" and "no-fault divorce." Many in Missoula come to us here at the Cunningham Law Office confused as to what those terms in relation to each other. Yes, Montana is a no-fault divorce state, meaning that neither you or your spouse needs to be determined to be "at fault" in ending your marriage. At the same time, the term "grounds for divorce" seems to imply that one of you does indeed need to provide a reason for the other to want to end your marriage. 

Mediation: improving communication during your divorce and beyond

Even though effective communication plays such a critical role in ensuring a fair divorce settlement, spouses in Montana may find it next to impossible to sit down to a calm, rational discussion. According to the American Psychological Association, one way to neutralize the extreme emotions often present during a divorce is to undergo mediation

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