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When a family law issue beckons, get an attorney

Divorce isn't the only issues inherent to the world of family law, though it is a very common one that has many legal layers to it. There are paternity issues that can come to the forefront, even in the absence of marriage. There are many financial issues that can arise in the wake of a divorce. And if children are involved in a divorce -- or even in the absence of divorce -- then there can be delicate custody and support issues that must be handled.

Having said all of that, divorce is an important issue that usually involves most, if not all, of the issues that are mentioned in the paragraph above. Having a legal representative on your side that has experience handling all of these important issues is vital.

Are online divorce companies the way of the future?

In this age of tech companies and inventive startups, it was only a matter of time before divorce automation and streamlined family law services hit the app store, so to speak. A company called Wevorce is gaining steam as an online option for couples who are looking to divorce. The company asserts that they can help a couple get through the divorce in a more cost-effective manner while also saving them time in the process.

While it certainly sounds great, and though there is likely a kernel of truth to their business model and the application of the service, automated or streamlined services like this can't possibly cover every detail or service needed by a wide range of couples and families that are looking for a divorce.

On divorce, your name, and how to change it

An often overlooked aspect of divorce, you may have taken the last name of your husband or wife when you got married. If this happened, when you divorce you may want to switch your name back. The original name change may have been a complex matter to begin with. So many documents and forms of identification need to be updated and changed to reflect the name.

Unfortunately, that has to happen again. However, to request to change your name via your divorce, you need to ensure that such a request is in your divorce agreement. You can still make the change if this decree isn't included in your divorce agreement, but it is just easier this way. If you have old documentation showing your birth name, then the change should be relatively simple. You could also try to get your divorce agreement changed to reflect your desire to change your name.

Talk to your significant other about a prenuptial agreement

One question that many couples may ask themselves before they walk down the aisle is "should I be considering a prenuptial agreement?" That thought may immediately be followed by the fear of bringing up such a supposedly controversial topic to your significant other in the months leading up to the happiest moment of your life.

Let's tackle those two points, starting with the latter. It is perfectly natural to be afraid of the "prenup talk." Conventional thinking used to dictate that if you bring up a prenup to your significant other that it could lead to problems and strife in the build-up to your wedding day. However, in many cases the prenup discussion ends up being productive for the couple and can even strengthen their relationship.

Debt has a huge role to play in divorce

If you and your spouse were to decide after a long discussion -- preempted by months, if not years, of unhappiness -- that you wanted a divorce, there would be a lot of issues that you would want to talk about. What is going to happen to the property you own? What will happen to your children, and how will custody and support be resolved? How will all of your assets be handled?

There are many, many issues that you need to research and understand when you file for divorce. But one matter can fly under the radar, and it can have a huge impact not just on the divorce itself, but also the lives of the spouses long after the divorce is complete. What we are talking about is debt.

What to avoid and what to embrace during a divorce

When anyone goes through a divorce, they are going to have a lot of questions -- not just about what they are at risk of and what is at stake in their divorce, but also about what exactly they should be doing, legally or otherwise, during the divorce. What behaviors should they avoid? What documents do they need to supply or topics do they research? What important steps need to be taken to increase their chances of having a successful conclusion to their divorce?

Though every case is unique, there are some very basic things that apply in nearly every divorce. As such, there are some uniform answers that people need to know about if they are going through a divorce.

If you must use social media during divorce, follow these steps

At the beginning of December, we wrote a post about social media and divorce. Using sites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram during a divorce is a tricky proposition. Even if you mean well in your posts and status updates, your words could be used out of context to support some legal action by your soon-to-be-former spouse. And if you have a bad moment and post something inflammatory while you are very upset, then it could really hurt you.

The point is, social media is not to be trifled with when you are going through a divorce. But, we also recognize that social media is now part of life. For many, it simply isn't an option to not use it. So how can you effectively use social media -- or find something similar that poses less of a risk -- during a divorce?

Why divorce is sometimes the solution and not the problem

Imagine that a married couple has been together for many years, but after a while, they don't see eye to eye anymore. Those sustained periods of love and agreement have turned to sustained periods of uncomfortable inadequacy and a lack of communication. Sometimes, this happens. But when it becomes a consistent theme in your relationship, then the divorce question starts to come up.

Here's the real question though: would it be more tragic if this couple filed for divorce, or if the spouses stayed in a marriage that was unfulfilling and upsetting? It's an honest question. Some people think you should stay in that marriage no matter what. Divorce has a reputation, and that makes it hard to see the potential positives of ending a marriage.

Business to offer couples wedding money if they stay married

Most of us have heard at some point that the divorce rate in the United States is currently around 50 percent. That number may actually be higher or lower, but the reality is that divorce is all too common. Businesses in the wedding industry certainly benefit from this fact.

Interestingly, a Seattle company is now offering to provide engaged couples up to $10,000 to pay for their wedding celebration. Couples apply for the money and the company selects the ones to whom it will give loans. Those who remain married do not have to pay the money back, but those who divorce are required to pay the company back, with interest. If the marriage ends due to abuse, however, only the abusive party is required to pay back the loan. 

Divorced couple tries to undo their divorce, fails

Continuing our legal separation theme from last week, today we have a story about a once-married, now-divorced couple in New Hampshire that was trying to undo their divorce. The couple was married in 1989, and for 24 years they stayed that way. But in 2014, they decided it was time to call it quits. Their irreconcilable differences were just too much, and they filed for divorce.

Less than a year after their divorce was finalized, the couple was back together and they formally filed to vacate their divorce. But a judge hearing their case couldn't undo their divorce because the law doesn't allow such a change. If they were allowed to revoke the divorce, it would jeopardize the legitimacy of divorce in general.