Not all marriages last a lifetime. Divorce is seldom easy, and in families with children, parents may face challenges regarding how to help their children adjust to new lifestyles when their lives are shared in separate households. Many California parents have sought guidance from divorce coaches or other counselors before making important decisions regarding these and other topics.
Not all marriages last lifetimes. When a Californian couple chooses to divorce, any number of issues may be at hand. Often, divorcing spouses face complex challenges regarding alimony and/or child custody matters. Anthony Weiner, husband of Hillary Clinton's aid, Huma Abedin, has been a frequent topic of discussion because of several controversial topics as the couple proceeds to divorce.
While many people have probably heard of mediation, it may not be exactly what they pictured. For most couples going through a divorce, a divorce mediation is likely in their cards. In many states, mediation is required before a couple can proceed with litigation. Some people may think this is just another situation for negotiations to take place. A "counselor" can help talk through any differences the divorcing parties may be facing. However, this is not the case and reality of a divorce mediation.
Exactly when people tend to file for divorce the most is not an exact science. There are a multitude of factors for each individual divorce situation. Every married couple's circumstance is unique and of course can't be pigeon-holed into exact seasonal trends. However, data can at least provide general spikes in when it is most common. A recent study has done just that and gathered and analyzed data showing these seasonal trends. A study conducted by University of Washington sociologists found a biannual spike in divorce filings. The study reviewed data in Washington between 2001 and 2015. The results?
The road to getting a divorce finalized is different for every person. Whether your divorce was quick and efficient because you and your spouse were able to be amicable and cooperative or the divorce was drawn out for two years through intense divorce litigation, you are finally done with it. However, it is very important to understand that a finalized divorce can have legal implications on other areas of the law. One of them is estate planning.
One of the biggest concerns a spouse has when seeking a divorce is how assets and liabilities will be divided. There is much at stake for couples, especially those with significant assets. Real estate, retirement accounts and savings are all types of property that are considered in property division. Most states use the theory of "equitable division of property." In general, this means there is no set split for how property is divided. However, California is a "community property state." This means that any property deemed community property will be divided fifty-fifty. The line is set more in community property states.
Over the summer you and your spouse have come to the conclusion that a separation and divorce is best for the family. Your extended family knows about this decision as well as some close friends. But now with school starting soon, you are worried about what this means for your child. Will they be embarrassed and teased by their friends? How will the teachers react? Should you let them know about your situation now? These are all valid worries and concerns as you prepare for back to school season.
You may have heard of someone seeking an annulment shortly after getting married. But how is this different from getting a divorce? A dissolution of marriage and an annulment are two very different legal actions. A divorce recognizes that there was a legal marriage and now one or both parties are seeking to dissolve that marriage. However, at the root of an annulment is claiming the marriage was never legally recognized. Therefore, it did not exist. You may have heard of the term "null and void." In other words, the marriage is void.
As someone carefully considering your legal options in seeking a divorce in California, you should also be wary of DIY divorce. Particularly, online DIY divorce services that claim they can handle your divorce with expert advice. More and more sites are popping up on the Internet that claim you can get a divorce practically overnight and for practically nothing. However, there are dangers and pitfalls in getting your divorce through these types of sites and services.
Mediation: you have probably heard of this process before. Either from a friend who has gone through a divorce before or a family member who recommends utilizing this process. In any event, most attorneys will advise you to at least consider using mediation for your divorce. This is because there are many potential benefits to using this ADR ("Alternative Dispute Resolution") method. Some of them include saving you substantial time and money.