Post-divorce issues

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Updated: 4/13/2007 3:35 pm
Once a divorce is final, issues may remain for ex-spouses to deal with. Whether a couple has worked out their own plan for child custody and visitation, or whether a court has implemented a schedule, parents and children must adjust to the new arrangements. Both parents must be careful to observe custody arrangements so the custodial parent won't be accused of preventing the children from seeing their other parent, and the non-custodial parent won't be accused of parental kidnapping. Property and debt division may also be an issue after a divorce. Since they are no longer living together as a couple, ex-spouses may have to learn to live under a different budget than they were previously used to. Custodial parents must become aware of when child support payments are made, and non-custodial parents must know how and when to make payments. Similarly, the spouse with the lower income may receive alimony or spousal support, and the other spouse must know how and when to make these payments as well. The spouse making alimony payments should keep detailed records showing the date that the payment was sent, where it was sent, the number of the check, and a receipt signed by the recipient if paid in cash. The alimony recipient should keep records, as well, showing the date that the payment was received, the amount, a photocopy of each check, and a signed receipt if the payment was in cash.

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