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Seeking the best interests of your kids during divorce

There are few in California or elsewhere who have not experienced how devastating a divorce can be, whether it is their own breakup, another family member's or a friend's divorce. You may have watched your own parents divorce and lived through the struggle of a custody battle that left you confused and hurt. Your family may also have experienced financial hardship after the divorce.

It does not have to be that way, and more courts are working to provide a gentler and more positive approach to custody issues when parents break up. You certainly know that child support payments are often an essential part of ensuring that children have a healthy and secure life. However, more research is showing that it is time, not money, that makes the most critical difference for the children of divorce.

Prepping for the financial effects of divorce

When going through divorce, money is a significant, and understandable, concern. You may wonder about spousal support, child support, asset division, debt division, how you will live on a single income and many more worries that may come up regarding your financial affairs as a result of your divorce.

Having these concerns, and understanding that they are valid concerns from the beginning of your case, could go a long way in helping you understand the outcomes for which you may need to strive. It can also help you prepare for your case to move forward.

Spousal support may help finances after divorce

Though some California couples may have tried to live their lives as equally as possible throughout their marriages, it may not have been entirely possible when it came to earning an income. You may have earned a considerable amount less than your spouse or may not have earned anything at all because you stayed home with the kids or for other reasons.

Now that you are getting a divorce, you may understandably have concerns over your financial future. You may have a close eye on certain assets that you want to negotiate for in property division proceedings, but you may also want to focus on the possibility of obtaining spousal support.

Bifurcated divorce: What is it and who can get it?

Celebrity divorces are fascinating. When California residents see celebrities trying different divorce strategies, they wonder if those options are available to them or only to the rich and famous. The Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt marital dissolution case is in the news often and has been for the last few years. The former couple filed for a bifurcated divorce. What is that?

Some couples struggle to reach agreements on property division, support and child custody. This, of course, prolongs the divorce process and keeps them legally married for much longer than they would like. This makes it difficult for all parties to move on in their personal lives. Jolie and Pitt have been trying to reach a divorce agreement since September 2016, and they are to a point where they just want single status. A bifurcated divorce would grant them that.

Website would publicly ridicule those with unpaid child support

When two parents are raising children, but not in a relationship with one another, it can be complicated. One parent is often required to pay child support to the other to ensure the children have their needs met. Some parents have difficulty making the payments due to financial circumstances or other obstacles, but occasionally, there are parents who shirk their responsibility for indiscernible reasons. One California state lawmaker has introduced a bill that he hopes will entice parents to make their required payments by using the internet to expose them.

Assemblyman Tom Lackey authored a bill that targets parents who owe more than $5,000 in overdue child support. If implemented, the parents would have their photos published on a public website. He says that other states have used this idea and had positive results.

Causes and potential effects of a grey divorce

Though recent statistics suggest that overall divorce rates are falling, that doesn't seem to be the case for people aged 50 and older. This is an experience often called "grey divorce" by researchers and the media. Residents here in California who haven't encountered this term may wonder about the reasons for grey divorce and what the possible consequences could be, and experts have several answers. There are innumerable reasons for anyone to get a divorce, but there are several circumstances that can lead to a grey divorce.

Money matters are a common problem, whether that means one spouse has difficulty handling finances or if only one partner is earning income. Many couples report that they simply grow apart after years together, particularly once their shared children are no longer living at home. Infidelity is also a frequent catalyst in many divorces. The longer life expectancy and improved health that many people have these days can also cause some to question whether they would be happier for the remainder of their life without their spouse. Some people say that an addiction to drugs or alcohol and its consequences are to blame for their divorce, for obvious reasons.

A business could be subject to property division in a divorce

Marriage is not always forever, though most people in California enter into it believing that it is. The optimism isn't a bad thing, but it can cause people to overlook certain things that could affect them during a divorce. One of those factors could be a business, which people often fail to realize could be considered property and subject to division as part of a divorce agreement. Experts do have advice for those who have questions about how a business should be handled during property division in a divorce.

First, spouses can draw up a formal contract, typically a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement. Such an agreement can outline how the business is valued or how any assets associated with it will be divided. One spouse could have the business considered his or her separate property, meaning it would not be considered community property and thus not subject to division in a divorce proceeding. If the business is an equal partnership, the agreement can state which spouse would need to buy out the other or whether the two intend to continue running the business together. If the value of the business increases during the marriage, that amount can be considered community property and an agreement can specify what percentage the non-owning spouse would receive in divorce.

Your business and your divorce: what is going to happen?

Divorce is a difficult process, and couples are often unable to agree on how to handle marital property. This is particularly true for couples where one or both parties own a small business. If you own and operate a California company, one of your primary goals is to keep your business intact and ensure its continued operations.

Business owners often find significant benefit in protecting their interests by drafting a prenuptial agreement before they walk down the aisle. This is a smart step, but not everyone chooses this path. Whether you are preparing to marry or you already married but want to protect your company, these are steps you can take to accomplish those goals.

Actor Tom Arnold and wife set to divorce

The ending of a marriage is often an unhappy event for everyone involved. However, there are times when two people feel compelled to move on without any angry feelings towards one another. Those in California may be interested in what actor Tom Arnold had to say regarding to his and his wife's recent decision to divorce. He claims that the two have simply grown apart.

Arnold, who was once married to Rosanne Barr, has filed for divorce from his estranged wife. The court documents cite irreconcilable differences as the cause of their separation. The two were married for nine years. The documents filed with the California Superior Court of Los Angeles say that the division of their property will be handled at trial.

Differences between divorce mediation and collaborative divorce

Many marriages end in divorce -- it is a fact of life. Though sometimes a divorce can be filled with a great deal of contention, there are those people who agree that a divorce is the best path forward and want the process to be as simple as possible. For those in California who find themselves in this category, there are other options besides fighting in court. One is divorce mediation and another is a collaborative divorce. They have similar aims, though there are differences between the two.

First, mediation is a process in which two divorcing spouses choose a third party who will assist them in negotiating a divorce agreement that is voluntary and mutually beneficial. The third party stays neutral and helps both people involved see all of the available options and determine what issues might arise. When the agreement is finalized, it is recognized by the court and both ex-spouses are legally-bound by its terms.

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