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How to properly divide a retirement account in a divorce

Retirement accounts may be an individual's largest asset. Therefore, these accounts may become a point of contention during a divorce in North Carolina or anywhere else in America. As a general rule, it is a complex process to divide a 401k or other employer-sponsored plans. If it is not divided properly, there could be negative tax consequences for both parties to the divorce. A Qualified Domestic Relations Order, or QDRO, is used to ensure that such accounts are divided properly.

How to keep your divorce civil

Divorce often brings to mind court battles, years of fighting, aggressive lawyers, revenge and more ugly qualities. However, your divorce does not have to be this way. You can take steps to increase the chances of civility.

Divorce and the narcissistic coparent

Parents in North Carolina who are divorced from a narcissistic ex-spouse might struggle when co-parenting. A narcissistic parent might use the same "gaslighting" techniques on the children that the ex-spouse remembers from the marriage. This can involve convincing children that their version of reality is incorrect.

Collecting social security while single

There may be negative emotions felt by North Carolina residents and others who have gotten divorced. However, there may be one positive for those who were married for 10 years or longer. That positive is the ability to potentially claim Social Security benefits based on a former spouse's work record.

Navigating the holidays after a separation or divorce

When in the midst of a divorce or separation, the manner in which couples navigate the holidays may have a long-lasting effect on both the resolution of future issues and the wellness of the children. North Carolina couples who have recently begun their legal processes may want to remain aware that a first holiday season celebrated in separate households is likely a prelude to the many special times ahead during which a parent might be required to share the children with an ex-spouse.

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