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Can you pay child support in cash?

As someone who pays child support each month, you know when your support payment is due and how much it is. One thing you're not clear on, though, is what methods you can use to pay.

While you usually pay through a payroll deduction, you're changing jobs and haven't set up the new deduction yet. You'd like to pay child support in cash this month, but is that really a good idea?

How does a narcissist make divorce more difficult?

By the time you file for divorce, you’re probably already well aware of how difficult it is to live with your spouse. Not only do you wonder what went wrong or how you could’ve avoided your current situation, but you may also regret marrying them in the first place.

If you’ve been married to a narcissist you may be used to accepting responsibility for their faults, with their manipulation continually adding to your agony of parting ways. Your soon-to-be ex may intentionally try to put more blame on you for the troubles in your marriage, making it harder for you to leave.

Is there a perfect parenting plan?

Child custody is an important factor in any divorce. Determining what happens to your child is necessary, even if neither parent really wants to consider spending time apart from their child.

The reality of a divorce is that there is no option but to divide your time with your child. The good news, though, is that a good parenting plan makes a world of difference. If you and your spouse can get along following the divorce, then there may even be options like co-habitating and co-parenting in unique ways that benefit your child.

Consider alternative dispute resolution methods during divorce

Alternative dispute resolution (ADR) can be a great help for couples who are struggling to get through a divorce without fighting. It's possible to work together to resolve problems as they arise instead of turning to the judge for all final decisions.

There are a few different kinds of ADR, including mediation, arbitration, settlement conferences and neutral evaluation. Through these forms of ADR, you can reach a settlement with your spouse without the lengthiness of a trial. Here's what you should know about each.

How do courts calculate my income when determining child support?

Every mother or father who expects to pay child support wants to know the all-important question, "How much child support am I going to have to pay?"

It's understandable that they want to know. The information will help them predict their future expenditures while establishing their post-divorce budgets.

Dealing with high-net worth divorces: Keep this tip in mind

It isn't easy to go through a divorce, no matter what your financial situation is. Despite that, people do it every day, and some take care of the divorce better than others. The difference between someone who survives a divorce well versus someone who just survives is that the first person has more knowledge about protecting themselves.

If you plan to go through a divorce and need to know the No. 1 tip to help you, it's this: Make sure you know all your assets. Anything of value can be an asset. That includes art, stocks, properties, furniture, jewelry and other items.

Tips for co-parenting across the miles

Co-parenting can be tricky in the best of circumstances, but the situation gets even messier when one parent relocates to a different town. Given that children generally do better when their parents stay closer, relocation should only be done after much thought and planning. Co-parenting across long distances can work, however. Here are some tips for making the transition easier for you and your children:

Child support: Judges look out for a child's best interests

Child support is an important aspect of compensation for children with separated or divorced parents. Children who live in single-parent households need the support of both parents, whether those parents are wealthy or not.

Child support is not designed to make the noncustodial parent suffer, but it does mandate that individual to help support their child financially. In cases where parents see children for an equal amount of time, support may be reduced or eliminated completely depending on the case.

Alternative dispute resolution can help you resolve your divorce

You once were deeply in love with your spouse, but that love has turned acrimonious after finding out that they were committing adultery. You were hurt, but you tried to be the better person. Despite that, they seem to have gone out of their way to make your life more difficult. You just want to get a divorce, but they don't want to let go.

In your situation, which is not as uncommon as you may think, there are ways to work through disputes and to get your divorce moving forward. One of those possibilities is going through alternative dispute resolution (ADR) options.

High-value divorces: What are some common mistakes?

In a high-asset divorce, you have a lot to lose or gain. Looking at the facts, those involved in high-asset divorces often end up with less than they began with, whether they get all they intended to. On top of this, the divorce is expensive, making it a financially and emotionally taxing experience.

One of the first things you need to do is to make sure you have your assets valued. A valuation expert can give an objective statement on what your assets are worth, which will be something that can help you while negotiating and if you end up in court. Keep in mind that you may wish to have a specialized accountant work with you, especially if you have unique holdings, like cryptocurrencies.

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