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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?

Does your salary matter in divorce if you own the business?

You're a business owner in Collin County, Texas, and you're going to get divorced. You're wondering about the impact it could have on your company -- with an emphasis on protecting your company -- and wondering if your salary is going to have any impact.

It may. Though many business owners overlook this, experts note that you're typically best off to give yourself a competitive salary within your industry. If you don't, you spouse may then try to get compensation for the "lost" money.

If you get divorced, odds are best that it happens in January

Obviously, divorces happen all year around, with many going through each and every day. However, if you're wondering what your raw odds are or when there are the most divorce filings, statistics show that January is the most likely month for a split.

It's not a small blip, either. Studies have shown that the amount of filings increases by a full third.

Why children need time with their parents

Setting up a parenting plan after divorce isn't just about deciding who has to watch the kids or care for them. Don't view it merely as an obligation. It's also about who gets to spend time with the kids and watch them grow and develop.

It's very important for children to get this time with their parents. It helps their self-esteem tremendously. Kids need to know they are important and loved. When they face other adversity -- such as bullies at school -- it's easier for them to deal with if they already know they have this parental support. It makes them more confident.

Pick a neutral place for disagreements and conversations

You and your ex are going to split up and that means talking about child custody rights, money, property division and a whole host of other issues, all of which can be quite delicate. You may set out hoping to have a conversation, but you're worried it's going to turn into a disagreement and even a fight.

If you want to ensure that things go as well as possible, one judge from Collin County suggests meeting not at your home or apartment, but in a neutral location. This advice is great for any conversations about money with family members -- perhaps when dividing up an inheritance, for example -- but also works for high asset divorce cases.

Tips for approaching a divorce your spouse doesn't want

Your spouse doesn't want the marriage to end. You know it's what you want and you've tried to convince him or her that it's for the best, but you just can't agree. It's a tough situation, and these tips can help you get through it.

First, make sure you always communicate. Don't hide things. Don't lie. Don't refuse to talk to your spouse. Communication is critical and can even help your spouse see why a divorce is what you want.