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The winter holiday season is well on its way, but this can be a difficult time of year for some people, especially if they have just gone through or are currently going through a divorce. Your first Christmas after your divorce can be one of the toughest periods you will experience, especially if you have children. Everyone wants their children to have a happy and cheerful upbringing with fond childhood memories, but that can seem like a pipe dream when you are in the midst of a divorce. It is important to remember that just because your first holiday after a divorce may not seem very festive, it does get easier. Here are a few tips to help you celebrate the holidays amidst and after your divorce:

Rethink Your Mindset

It can be saddening to think that your whole family will not be together for the holidays any longer, but that does not mean you cannot have a good time. Even if you do not see your children on specific holidays, you can still make the day meaningful. For example, if you are alone on Thanksgiving, consider volunteering at a soup kitchen to make someone else’s day better. Having a nice holiday is all about how you look at it.

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Milwaukee County divorce attorney

Many studies and surveys have revealed that one of the biggest sources of arguments and contention in a marriage is financial matters. For some couples, finances are the reason that they get a divorce. Most of the time, married couples have at least a few intermingled financial assets, and sometimes, all of the couple’s financial assets are combined. Although this often makes for easier handling during the marriage, it can mean increased difficulty and arguments during a divorce. Figuring out what you should do with your finances during your divorce can be difficult, but it does not have to be. Here are a few common financial issues that may arise during divorce and how you can resolve them:

Determining Your Assets

Before you begin anything relating to separating your finances, it is important that you understand your current financial picture. To do this, you need a list of all of the assets that you and your spouse own. This may include:

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The end of August signals the start of another school year. Any parent can become stressed or overwhelmed with the demands of the back-to-school season, but this time of year can be especially difficult for parents who are divorced. Arguments may arise over school supply shopping or emergency contact forms, and these disputes can get heated and out of hand if you let them. Co-parenting is not easy, and back-to-school time can make it even more stressful. The following tips can help you if you are recently divorced with a child who is starting school soon.

  1. Figure Out Who is Paying For What

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There are many reasons why couples divorce. Maybe they realized they were better off just as friends, or perhaps someone’s needs were not being met. Whatever the circumstances, the divorce process is almost always more difficult and more complex when there are hostilities between the spouses. It is not uncommon for one spouse to have sole responsibility for the bills or finances. Divorcing with less-than-amicable feelings can sometimes cause that spouse to attempt to hide assets out of spite or anger. Not only is this untruthful, but it is also illegal and can carry some serious consequences. 

Requirements for Financial Disclosure

During a divorce, Wisconsin courts require both spouses to be fully transparent about their finances. All assets owned fully or partially by the individual spouses and all assets owned jointly between the spouses must be disclosed. This includes assets such as:

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