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When mediation might not work

California couples who are going through a divorce might wonder about using mediation instead of litigation. While the mediation process can save time and money, it is not necessarily appropriate for everyone.

dealing with the financial aspects of a divorce

California couples may not know that, every year, an estimated 813,000 Americans get a divorce. The average cost of getting a divorce is about $20,000, an amount that can be financially difficult for many. However, there are additional costs that may not be felt until well after the divorce has been settled, especially if a person is required to pay child and spousal support.

Shielding and insulating kids from divorce

Many California parents struggle with how to manage the impact of divorce on their children. There are concerns over the children's mental health and what they should be told about the divorce. While some parents may aim to insulate their children from the divorce entirely, this is often not the best way.

Divorce rates may not accurately reveal split likelihood

California couples may be interested to learn that divorce rates aren't as easy to predict as people might assume. Some estimates, like the cohort measure rate that examines specific population groups' divorce incidences in relation to life tables, give rates between 40 and 50 percent. Others reveal far lower figures. For instance, the refined annual divorce rate, which counts how many divorces there are for every 1,000 married women, produces a rate of less than 2 percent.

Husband's job status may affect likelihood of divorce

A marriage in California might have a higher chance of ending in divorce if the husband is not employed full time. This was one of the findings in a study that appeared in the "American Sociological Review." A Harvard sociology professor looked at 46 years of data from more than 6,000 couples and found an increase in divorce in the mid-1970s. In part, this may have been because the stigma associated with divorce declined. The professor examined both employment and the division of household chores to see how those factors affected a couple's likelihood of divorce.

Factors for gray divorces

The rate of gray divorces, or divorces among individuals who are 50 years old or older, has been increasing. However, California couples may be interested to know that the factors that contribute to these splits may not be what they think.

Political divorces becoming more common since Trump victory

Most pundits agree that the political climate in California and around the country has become more divisive and acrimonious since the Donald Trump's election victory in November, and a study from a Virginia-based polling firm suggests that arguments over politics have prompted one in ten couples to end their relationships. Millennials seem to be especially unable to cross the partisan divide. Almost a quarter of the millennials polled by Wakefield Research said that they had split up after arguing over these issues.

Finances can be impacted by legal separation

When California couples think their marriage may be over but not sure if this is the right time to divorce, they may instead opt for a legal separation. This gives them time to think things over, to see if their marriage can be saved or they should end it entirely. For some couples, divorce may not be an option, perhaps because their religion forbids it, but they want a separation because they feel they can no longer live together.

The importance of the QDRO

California couples who are getting a divorce and who have a retirement account might have to divide that assset, and they may need a Qualified Domestic Relations Order to do it. This document may be something couples sign near the end of a divorce process. However, it should not be rushed through. The process of dividing retirement accounts is complex, and it can be expensive if the QDRO is not fully explained. People may want to consult a certified divorce financial analyst who can help them use the QDRO to expedite the transfer of funds.

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