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October 2016 Archives

The impact of divorce after 50 on California residents

The number of divorces for those over the age of 50 doubled from 1990 to 2010 according to the National Center for Family & Marriage Research. This may have a significant impact on an older person's ability to retire. Those who have never been divorced received an average of $22,607 from Social Security each year while those who have been divorced after age 50 received $12,092 on average per year.

Child support payments and incarceration

Many California non-custodial parents have been ordered to pay child support. When they are sent to prison, this does not release them from their obligation. Rules that are under consideration by the Obama administration would allow their child support payments to be modified.

Good reasons to choose divorce mediation

While many California couples who are ending their marriages may think that going to court is the best way to resolve a divorce, there may be many benefits to mediation. First, mediation is conducted by a neutral party who is there to facilitate a conversation. He or she will allow both sides to speak without interruption from the other person. This decreases the odds of an argument while allowing both sides to articulate their feelings.

The pros and cons of stepparent adoption

California stepparents who are considering adopting their stepchildren should consider the pros and cons. There may be a number of reasons to do so. Ensuring that the child can inherit from the stepparent, giving the child equal status in the household and demonstrating a commitment to the child are all good reasons. Furthermore, if there is no legal adoption and the biological parent that a person is married to dies, then the stepparent may lose all access to the child.

How shared parenting helps California children

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are in the middle of officially ending their marriage, and Jolie has filed for full custody of their six children. That is a move that is less common today. While the common perception in the past was that the children should stay with their primary caretaker, that has shifted. Today, it is assumed in California and other states that children are happier with both parents in their lives when both parents are fit to raise them.

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