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Will you need to split your pension with a stay-at-home spouse?

When you start considering divorce, you're usually most concerned about issues related to the division of your marital assets and the custody arrangements for your children, if you have any. One asset that many couples focus on while divorcing is the marital home. That makes sense, since the house is often the biggest investment of your adult life.

How does a court determine appropriate alimony?

Divorce is rarely the same for any two couples, so it is not always easy to anticipate how the various portions of the divorce negotiation will play out. For many years, alimony, or spousal support, was a regular component of divorce, but has grown less prevalent in recent years.

Direct and indirect parenting time interference

Parenting a child with a person you no longer live with is often a very difficult process. Most parents, at one time or another, find that it is not easy to abide by a court-ordered custody plan. When these tensions arise, it is often tempting for one parent or the other to disobey the court order or otherwise attempt to manipulate or obstruct the other parent's time with the child.

Divorce mediation and property division in California

Dividing up property in divorce is often difficult no matter where the divorce occurs, but here in California, community property laws make the process even more complicated and exasperating. It is common for couples to allow the stress of defining their marital property and dividing it up to create unnecessary conflicts and draw out the divorce, but not all divorces have to turn ugly and combative. However, divorce doesn't have to be combative or spiteful, even for couples with complex assets or child custody and parenting issues to determine.

Are you ready for same-day divorce?

Not all divorces turn into months-long battles between spouses, with good reason. While divorce is usually a stressful, difficult season, both parties can choose to work together in a civil way to achieve quick, effective divorce with minimal conflict.

Mediating custody and parenting agreements

Few things hold the power to harm every member of a family emotionally and financially like a lengthy, bitter child custody dispute during a divorce. If things get exceptionally nasty, the children at the heart of the dispute may never recover from the experience fully, or may project that experience onto all of their personal relationships indefinitely.

5 things to consider when dividing investments

Assets and debt come with all sorts of complications when it comes to divorce. This is especially true if your investment portfolio includes stocks, bonds, mutual funds and various other assets. Dividing these kinds of assets can be difficult, and if it is not done correctly, it could cost you.

Who might benefit from a quick divorce?

Divorce, like many things, is only as difficult as the people involved make it. In many cases, the spouses have hurt each other so deeply, or they are so unwilling to work together to divorce amicably, that they drag the process out much longer than they really have to. Sometimes, one or both spouses seek out poor legal counsel that unnecessarily prolongs matters. Any number of things can keep a divorce going much longer than it has to.

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