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Coparenting can work if you're willing to be flexible

Parenting plans usually have at least one fault, and that is that they can't account for every situation that occurs. Coparenting is difficult enough as it is, but when unexpected factors influence your life, they can make coparenting even harder.

The thing to remember about coparenting is that it can work well if you and your ex-spouse are willing to be flexible. In fact, if you think far enough in advance, you may even be able to build flexibility into your parenting plan.

Dividing your estate's jewelry: Tips and tricks

When you're planning your estate and thinking about the future, one of the things you may decide you want to do is to pass on your jewelry to your children. You may have valuable pieces combined with heirlooms and costume jewelry, all of which will need a home after you pass.

As the owner of the jewelry today, you have a few options. One is to allow the executor of the estate to dole out the jewelry after you pass away. Another option is to talk to those who may have an interest in the jewelry and ask which pieces they'd like to have. You can then gift it directly to them before your passing or opt to leave it to them in your will.

Have you considered these child custody parenting provisions?

The way you structure your child custody agreement is essential to the future happiness of your child and yourself. If you don't pin things down clearly enough -- and leave enough wiggle room for the natural changes of life -- your ability to work and get along with the other parent of your child could be strained in the years ahead.

Fortunately, a well-planned parenting and child custody agreement will include the right kind of language -- i.e., small clauses known as parenting provisions, which are needed to ensure that you and your ex are on the same page. Here are some excellent areas to cover with regard to your parenting provisions:

How to stage a house for sale

If you want to sell your home as quickly as possible -- and for as high a price as possible -- one strategy to help you do so is to "stage" your home. There are professional real estate stagers who can assist with this process, but, in some cases, you can also do an excellent job of staging on your own. Essentially, staging involves setting up your home and decorating it in a way that makes it attractive to potential buyers.

Here are eight tips to help you stage your home the right way:

Nesting: Is it a fad or a great solution to custody issues?

Child custody options evolve over time. One of the newest options to gain some traction is known as nesting, or bird-nesting. Is it a terrific new solution that will change custody proceedings forever? Or is it a fad that will die out in time and get replaced by something else?

What is it?

How to choose the right guardian for your children

There is a lot that goes into creating an estate plan. If you have children under the age of 18, it's critical to name a guardian. This is the person who will raise your children should you and your spouse pass on.

Since this is such a big decision, it's one that requires your full and undivided attention. Furthermore, you don't want to put it off, as doing so will only add more stress to your life.

How to help children grow and develop in the wake of divorce

You know that your divorce is not ideal for your children, even though you feel like it was the right decision for you and your ex. You worry about how the children will grow up and develop in this new lifestyle. What can you do to make them healthy, resilient and well-adjusted?

It takes commitment on your end. But that does not mean it is impossible. Here are a few ways you can actively work to help your children moving forward:

Consider the potential benefits of a trust in your NC estate plan

In the minds of many people, estate planning basically means creating a last will. That is certainly a significant part of the estate planning process, but it isn't the only concern. Creating power of attorney documents to protect yourself in the event of incapacitation is also important. However, your options for estate planning in North Carolina are not that straightforward or limited.

In fact, there are many options available that can help you create a custom estate plan that uniquely suits your family situation. For many people, the creation of a trust can be a beneficial step in the estate planning process. You don't need to have a seven-figure income to find the use of a trust valuable in estate planning. While trusts do offer tax benefits, they have many other uses as well. There are many kinds of trusts, which each offer their own benefits.

Marital property division in North Carolina -- The basics

If you are considering divorce and live in the Kenly area, you might be wondering how the court will divide your marital property. While some states use the community property method to the divide assets and debt of a divorcing couple, most other states, including North Carolina, use the principals of equitable distribution.

While the states that use the community property method tend to make an almost equal split of marital property between divorcing spouses, the equitable distribution method is designed to give each spouse a fair share of the property based on various factors. The following includes some basic information to help you understand how equitable distribution works in North Carolina.

5 tips for your first purchase of a family home

Buying a home is a major step for couples, and it's something that does come with plenty of potential issues. When you're ready to buy your first home, it's important that you know what you can do to protect yourself and your interests.

There are a few tips that can make your home-buying experience better. Here are five tips to help you stay on track and get the home of your dreams.

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