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Parenting styles create traits within your children

You've certainly met people with children whom you couldn't stand. You'd never say it to that person's face, but you found the kids to be frustrating and unpleasant.

While the blame for this doesn't fall entirely on parents, psychologists warn that parenting styles often create these personality traits.

Paying alimony up front

You and your spouse control a fair amount of assets in Collin County, but your spouse doesn't actually work. You know that you are going to be ordered to pay alimony during your upcoming divorce.

You're not thrilled about it, but not for the reasons most people cite. You don't care about the money. You have plenty. You just don't want to make those monthly payments.

Recognize parenting time interference to stop it early

You love seeing your child and you always make an effort to be at the meeting spot ahead of schedule. You're there when your child arrives with his or her other parent. The last thing you ever want is to have your kid think you don't want to see him or her, especially because you get to only a few times a week.

Lately, you've been having a harder time with scheduling visitation, because the other parent keeps coming up with excuses. Is this parenting time interference? If so, what can you do about it?

Is equal parenting time focusing on the kids?

During a divorce case, when considering child custody, courts will often say that the child's best interests are most important. They want to focus on them over the parent's best interests, what the parents want or anything of this nature.

Child custody cases have also been changing over the years. In the past, it was very common for mothers to get custody more often than fathers. Sole custody was more often granted to mothers than fathers, and they even got sole custody more than both parents shared custody.

3 questions to ask when deciding if you should keep your home

You and your spouse are divorcing. You've lived together in the same house for 20 years. You instinctively want to keep the home, even if it costs you other assets.

This can be right for some people and wrong for others. To decide how you should proceed, here are three important questions to ask.

What are three reasons to consider a postnup?

You didn't get a prenuptial agreement. You didn't want to ask your spouse about it. Now that you're married, though, you think you've made a mistake.

If so, you may want to consider a postnup. As you may already have guessed, it can do many of the same things, but the two of you can draft it, sign it and legally file it even though you're already married. It then comes into play if you get divorced in the future.

Common child support questions and answers

You and your spouse are planning to split up. As hard as it is, you have to do it. You're focusing on the kids every step of the way, and you want to know as much as possible about child support before you set foot in the courtroom.

To help, here are a few common questions and answers that you may find very interesting.

Small things may build up to a divorce

In the movies, it seems like divorce always happens in dramatic fashion when one spouse walks in on the other spouse, who is cheating with the neighbor, a friend or a co-worker. In seconds, a relationship that took years to build comes to an end.

This does happen, but the reality is that a lot of divorces happen more slowly. Little things build up over time. There may not be a dramatic moment, but the marriage is just as surely falling apart.

How to qualify for an annulment

You know that you can void out your marriage by using an annulment, but are you wondering if you're even eligible? It's important to remember that there are specific criteria that must be met, and not everyone can seek an annulment.

If you still do want to use it, perhaps because you would rather make it as though your marriage never happened, rather than being married and then getting divorced, consider the following. You'll need to meet one of these criteria:

Consider child care when deciding on a custody arrangement

When you and your ex are trying to work out a child custody agreement, you're largely considering when each of you will be in charge of watching the kids. Don't forget that you may not always be able to do so. In that case, you'll need to consider childcare. To avoid future disagreements and conflicts, address this up front as part of your parenting plan.

For example, maybe you're splitting custody 50/50. Does that also mean that childcare costs will be divided in half?