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How is credit-card debt handled during a divorce?

Oftentimes, conversations about property division during a divorce center around how couples will split up their home, car and other valuable assets. These conversations rarely center around how liabilities, such as credit-card debt, will be handled once the two of you go your separate ways. It's a discussion that the two of you will want to have, though, if you're planning to maintain your creditworthiness.

While many pieces of property can be split up in a divorce decree, credit card companies couldn't care less about what it says. All they care about is holding the cardholder accountable for paying back the debt that they owe.

Joint custody: Children’s best interests and parental duties

Divorces involving child custody may prove confusing to both parents and children. In Maine, a standard exists that unless one spouse’s circumstances harm the health or safety of children involved, a court will determine that the awarding of joint custody lies in the best interest of children of separating parents.

After determining the best interests of the individual children, a judge will decide the duties and responsibilities that each parent must maintain if awarded joint custody. Doing so, a court can establish a schedule of allowed contact, so that each parent can refer to the court-ordered document if disputes arise. When dealing with child custody, even if a judge leans toward awarding you and your ex-spouse joint custody, you want to hire an experienced family law attorney to help you in filing all necessary documents and receiving maximum custody allowances by the court.

How to foster a good relationship between your child and your ex

As a custodial parent, it's partially your job to foster a good relationship between your child and your ex-spouse -- even if you can't stand your ex.

Believe it or not, the court expects custodial parents to go out of their way to make it possible for non-custodial parents to have a good relationship with their children. If you don't make the effort, you could end up finding yourself on the losing end of a custody battle.

Filing for bankruptcy after divorce

Transitioning bank to the single-life after your divorce can be tough, especially on your finances. This is why many divorcees end up filing for bankruptcy after the split. Around 15% of individuals who file for bankruptcy are divorced.

5 ways to protect your financial future from divorce

As life moves on from the wedding day, budgeting often becomes routine during a marriage. You may have shared financial responsibilities, or left finances up to the more financially savvy person. Perhaps neither of you were ever good at managing your money. That may be the reason you find yourself here, facing divorce.

Everyone knows divorce is expensive. However, it does not have to bankrupt you (and even if it does, it is not the end of the world, we promise!). The following five strategies can help you safeguard your financial future from the overwhelming impact of divorce.

How is spousal support determined in Maine?

You and your spouse divorce, but you worry about your finances as it’s been years since you worked outside of the home. You took care of the children and collectively spent the money your spouse earned. Now that you and your spouse move toward separation, you wonder how you will sustain yourself.

In Maine, spousal support may provide temporary or long-term relief to a non-wage-earning or a lower-ware-earning spouse. If divorce puts undue hardship on a spouse that earns less or nothing, he or she will not be able to provide for themselves or their children. Applying for spousal support allows for a more fair split of assets after a divorce.

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