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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

Easing the stress of divorce

After having "the talk," hiring attorneys and negotiating a settlement, a Montana couple may believe that they have their divorce under control. However, the stress of ending the relationship goes far beyond the divorce paperwork. According to Psych Central, divorce brings self-doubt, fear and past issues to the forefront, and finding ways to cope with these can help relieve emotional stress and restore equilibrium.

Divorce as a newlywed couple

With divorce, each couple’s situation is unique. Some people opt to end their marriage after decades of marriage, while others may have decided that their marriage was not working out after less than a year of marriage. If you recently married your spouse and are considering divorce, or are already convinced that divorce is necessary, it is very important to approach your divorce case with care.

Preparing for a custody hearing

If you are a parent who is considering splitting up with your spouse or you are already in the middle of the process of divorce, there are various concerns related to family law that you may have. For example, you could worry about child support payments or other divorce issues, such as property division. However, a dispute involving the custody of your child can be particularly tough to work for and you may be concerned about your ability to secure an outcome that is favorable for you and your child. If you will have to attend a custody hearing, it is pivotal to be prepared.

How can you stay productive in the workplace during a divorce?

If you have recently decided to separate from your spouse and pursue a divorce in Montana, chances are you have already begun experiencing the emotional turmoil that comes with such a significant change in a critical relationship. You may have already started making decisions about the direction of your future, but to achieve them, it is imperative that you remain focused and effective in your job. Fortunately, there are things you can do to keep perspective at work despite the inner conflict you have recently started to experience. 

Moving after your marriage ends

If you are preparing for your marriage to come to an end or have already split up with your spouse, many different issues may be in front of you, from child support to the emotional impact of splitting up. However, our law office knows that divorce can result in all sorts of other changes in peoples’ lives, some of which can create a great deal of uncertainty and have a major impact on their future. For example, many people relocate after a divorce and some even move to a new city or part of the country.

Cunningham Law Office is a family law-focused firm in Missoula, Montana. We serve Missoula, Ravalli County, and the surrounding area.