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Holidays can be difficult for military couples

Far too often we fall prey to ideas that have been repeatedly foisted upon us throughout our lives. One of these ideas is that the holidays are by definition a time of togetherness and celebration. And while this can be true in some instances, it is hardly a rule. In fact, the unrelenting pressure to make holidays cheerful often produces the opposite effect in many people.

How can I retain my financial autonomy while living with someone?

41317954_S.jpgOne of the reasons couples choose to forgo marriage is because they want to retain their autonomy. But the problem is, if you are not careful, you may find that over time you become far more tied to your partner than you had planned. This is all well and good if the two of you are getting along. But what happens if things don't work out and your financial entanglements prevent you from making a clean break?

Initiating a legal separation, part 2

Every marriage has its peaks and valleys as partners do their best to share their lives. And with some luck and effort, couples are often able to weather their low points and stay together. But sometimes circumstances are such that splitting becomes a very real possibility. However, prior to taking the final and serious measure of divorce, couples may legally separate to get some perspective on the viability of remaining married.

Initiating a legal separation, part 1

42400740_S.jpgVery rare is the marriage that never has conflicts. And sometimes a couple may find themselves wondering if they want to continue their life together or go their separate ways. This can be a very difficult decision that will have a long-term impact on a family. But by separating for a while, both parties can assess their relationship and make a clear-headed choice that is informed by their true feelings rather than what may be a temporary emotional state.

Postnuptial agreements can benefit newlyweds

40518599_S.jpgGetting married can be a wonderful, dizzying experience. Often couples on the precipice of marriage are so busy it is all they can do to prepare for the wedding, so they may not feel like they have time to sit down and create a prenuptial agreement. And some couples simply don't want to jeopardize their relationship by discussing issues that could prove contentious.

Expressions of anger can impact custody decisions

49635486_S.jpgBen Franklin is cited as having said, "Anger is never without a reason, but seldom with a good one." And while these are very sound words, in theory, putting them into practice can be very challenging. The fact is, we all have experiences that can drive us to distraction and even lead us to falling prey to some very negative emotions.

Study demonstrates the value of grandparents

42309401_S.jpgAs a grandparent, you likely believe that you can play an important role in your grandchild's life. And as it happens, there is research that proves you are correct in this assumption. In fact, one study produced results that demonstrated the positive effects that grandparents can have when they have greater involvement with their grandchildren.

Abusers may try to reassert dominance as relationship dissolves

14527942_S.jpgFor victims of domestic violence, every day is filled with stress, fear and even physical pain that is inflicted by an abusive partner. Such situations are made all the worse if there are children in the household. And if you are trying to leave your partner and get your children into a safer environment, your abusive partner may attempt to manipulate the situation to his or her own benefit.

Stange Law Firm, PC Named a 2016 Law Firm 500 Honoree

Law Firm 500.pngWe are pleased to announce that our law firm has been named a 2016 Law Firm 500 Honoree. Earlier this year we were nominated for our growth, operational excellence and commitment to client service. It is an honor to be included as one of the top one-hundred fastest growing law firms in America.

Military values can help your parenting skills

44852046_S.jpgAs a service member in our country's armed forces, you have likely learned many valuable lessons about hard work and discipline. After all, the habits and values espoused in the military are intended to help you get through the most challenging situations imaginable. But did you ever stop and consider how the techniques used for military training can be effectively applied for parenting purposes?

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