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Tips to help you and your ex co-parent successfully

You would love it if you and your ex could just get divorced and never have to see each other again. A clean break would be simple and easy.

However, since you have kids together, you know that's not going to happen. You are going to have to co-parent as your children grow up, and you need to know how to do it well. Below are some tips that can help in this situation.

  1. Do not fight over everything. When you and your ex disagree, pick which battles mean the most to you. You don't have to parent in exactly the same way to be good parents.
  2. Don't insist on a rigid schedule. It can be tough for either parent to always adhere to the schedule when kids are involved. Be flexible. Be open to change.
  3. Talk to your ex without involving the kids. You don't need to send messages to him or her by passing them to the children. Keep them out of it and reduce the odds of a miscommunication by talking directly to one another.
  4. Stay calm when you drop the children off. They see your emotions and feed off of your energy. You may be sad to see them go to stay with your ex for a time, but don't project it and create conflict.
  5. Be respectful of one another's time. You both have a role to play. Do not infringe on your ex's time, and make sure he or she respects your time in return.

Be careful about commingling your inheritance

Your grandfather left you an inheritance. The two of you were always very close, and it means a lot to you that he left that money in your name. If you're married, what you do next could have a huge impact on the future of that inheritance if your marriage ever ends.

After all, your grandfather clearly wanted you to have it. He would not be pleased to find out that your ex got half and then left the state to marry someone else. That's not why he set that money aside or specifically left it in your name.

A franchise owner gains access to intellectual property

Generally speaking, intellectual property and trade secrets are very well-protected in corporate America. Businesses are bound by laws, regulations and codes of conduct. Violations -- such as using someone else's trademark without permission -- can be prosecuted.

The benefit of becoming a franchise owner is not typically in material goods. Most owners still need to buy their own property, pay for the construction of the store, hire their own employees and front the costs that any other business owner would need to pay.

You face additional challenges in an international divorce

The world has never been smaller than at this time in history. Technologies such as the internet, airplanes and cell phones make the borders between countries disappear. Perhaps some form of technology brought you and your soon-to-be former spouse together.

Now that you face divorce, those borders may seem insurmountable. Not only do you still have to deal with the ordinary trappings of divorce such as property division, child custody and support issues, but you also have to deal with the fact that your ex lives in another country. Even though every divorce is unique, you may be interested in the following information that may apply to your particular situation.

5 rules for a postnup to protect your business

When you got married, your business wasn't worth much. It was just getting off the ground. In the 10 years since, it's grown dramatically.

You're not planning to get divorced, but your success has helped you realize what a threat it could be. What if your spouse gets a percentage of the company? That could break you financially if you have to buy him or her out, or you'll be stuck as business partners.

Lawsuit filed against skyscraper construction in New York

A lawsuit has been filed against the construction of a skyscraper in the Upper East Side of New York. The lawsuit, brought by a group of residents who live in the neighborhood, was filed with the New York County Supreme Court. The group that filed the lawsuit includes a state senator, a city councilman and two groups representing the neighborhood's residents. It was filed against the city and challenges the approval of the project.

The project in question includes a skyscraper with apartment units and an art gallery that is located at 180 East 88th St. When you include mechanical equipment, the building is supposed to reach 524 feet. The lawsuit makes a claim that the developer of the building created a micro-lot in an effort to get around zoning laws in the city. The lawsuit claims that the zoning laws would limit the height of the building to no more than 350 feet.

What are signs that divorce could be on the horizon?

Being married is not all it's cracked up to be for many couples. Some marriages last a couple of months. Others will last years. It's becoming more and more common for marriages to inevitably end in divorce. There's no defined reason as to why marriages aren't lasting, but you can certainly look at some common reasons why marriages end. So, what are signs that divorce could be on the horizon for a marriage?

If you and your spouse continually resent each other or are critical of each other, then divorce could be headed your way. Look for discontent with your spouse in his or her actions, words and how they look at you. Does your spouse view you as inferior? This can be a big relationship killer.

Brief overview of the Family Medical Leave Act

The Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is one of the most important pieces of legislation when it comes to employers and employees. FMLA was revised back in 2009 with new rules going into effect on January 16 of that year. FMLA helps employees take leave from work for various reasons without worrying that they will lose their job. Let's take a brief look at the latest revisions of the FMLA in this post.

The FMLA provides women with 12 weeks off from work due to pregnancy without the risk of losing their jobs. The leave can be used for prenatal care, being incapacitated due to the pregnancy and any serious health concern after the birth. Men are also permitted time off from work under the FMLA for the birth of a child and to care for their spouse who gave birth or who became incapacitated due to the pregnancy or childbirth.

Did the other parent take your child to another country?

You met and fell in love with someone from another country. You decided to marry and have a child, and for a while, your family was happy. When the arguments began, you figured it was simply part of marriage, but as they increased, you realized that divorce was on the horizon.

Your spouse came to the same realization, and whether it was before or after the divorce proceedings began, he or she left the country with your child without receiving court authorization to do so. It may be possible to bring your child back to the United States or at least receive the visitation rights to which you are entitled.

Explaining the importance of regulatory compliance

The business world is incredibly complex. There are plenty of things you need to ensure go correctly in order to succeed. There are also laws that need to be followed.

It really might seem like common sense for your management team to take the proper steps to meet all legal regulations to operate, but there are times when things can be accidentally overlooked.

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