List of Common Marital Issues

The following is a list of some of the issues that may be considered as part of a dissolution.  It is not necessary to reach agreements on all of these issues.  However, it is helpful to at least consider the advantages of reaching agreements in each applicable area.

  1. Parenting Agreement
    1. Time-sharing schedules
      1. School year
      2. School breaks
      3. Holidays
      4. Parent and child birthdays
      5. Vacations with children
      6. Vacations without children
      7. Time with extended family members
      8. Schedule changes
    2. Telephone access
    3. Transportation
    4. Legal custody
    5. Decision making
      1. Categories
        1. Education
        2. Health
        3. Child care
        4. Activities
        5. Religion
        6. Motor vehicles
        7. Other
      2. Procedure
    6. Communication/information sharing
    7. Religious training
    8. Moving beyond present geographical area
    9. Periodic review
  2. Financial Support
    1. Child support
    2. Spousal support
    3. Postsecondary education costs
    4. Responsibility for children’s expenses
      1. Uninsured medical/dental/vision costs
      2. Activities
      3. Clothing
      4. Other
    5. Periodic review
  3. Health Insurance
  4. Life Insurance on Each Spouse
  5. Family Home
  6. Other Real Estate
  7. Household Goods and Other Personal Property
  8. Vehicles
  9. Business Ownership Interests
  10. Stocks and Bonds
  11. Bank Accounts
  12. Other Assets
  13. Outstanding Debts
  14. Retirement
    1. Pension and profit-sharing plans
    2. IRA accounts
    3. Other
  15. Tax Issues
    1. Dependent deductions
    2. Child-care deductions
    3. Filing for current year
      1. Separate of joint
      2. Disposition of refund
      3. Responsibility for balance owed
    4. Capital gain taxes
  16. Attorneys’ Fees
  17. Future Mediation Clause
  18. Temporary Arrangements
    1. Housing
    2. Parenting
    3. Financial support
    4. Managing assets and debts
  19. Other
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