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Complications during child exchanges

For California parents who are going through a difficult divorce, determining how parenting time and child custody will work can be frustrating, especially when they realize that they may not get everything that they want. After the divorce has been finalized, most custody arrangements will involve routine child exchanges as part of a visitation schedule and parenting plan. In some cases, this can be a tense event.

Keep Electronic Communications Safe From Prying Eyes in a Divorce

Engaging with social media is a popular pastime, but it could become a problem when someone is going through a divorce. Electronic communications, whether texts, tweets, Facebook posts or emails, cannot be erased and should never be considered secure. They can fuel emotions that lead to divorce, and they can also drastically alter the financial settlement of a divorce.

Why child support is essential in California

Single parents can benefit greatly from child support, but there are often more benefits than just financial security for the custodial parents. Many individuals who are single parents are raising kids on just one income. Additionally, people who are single parents tend to have lower levels of education than their peers, so they have fewer opportunities for high paying jobs.

Financial concerns in a late-life divorce

Divorce among retirees in California and throughout the U.S. is becoming more common than it ever was. In fact, a study by the National Center for Family and Marriage Research determined that the divorce rate among individuals over the age of 50 doubled between 1990 and 2014. Furthermore, people over the age of 65 are getting divorced at even higher rates.

More millennials seeking prenups

California millennials may be more likely to get prenuptial agreements than previous generations, and experts agree that because of the assets many of them bring into marriages, this is a wise idea. Many millennials are marrying at older ages, and they may be bringing family money into the marriage that they want to protect in a divorce. Millennials may also be business owners, and they might want to protect those interests. Startups in particular may rise in valuation after marriage.

Divorce rates fall while marriage rates increase

California residents may be interested to know that data released on Nov. 17 reveals that divorce rates dropped in 2015 while marriage rates increased in the same year. However, this doesn't imply that marriage rates are increasing because divorce rates are dropping or vice versa. While research still indicates that marriages have a 50 percent chance to fail, first marriages are generally more likely to last as opposed to a second marriage.

File for divorce now or wait until the new year?

January is a popular month to start divorce proceedings-perhaps it's because of yet another unpleasant holiday season spent as a couple, or because you're the kind of person who loves making and keeping new year's resolutions. But is it worth waiting for, when you're miserable? While you may want to act right now, there are good reasons to wait until a few weeks into January:

Divorce mediation and contested custody

The custody of any marital children can often be one of the most contentious areas when a couple is going through a divorce. Both parties may want primary physical custody, or one spouse may ask the courts to deny their soon-to-be ex-partner any rights to visitation. The result can be a drawn-out process where a judge makes the final decision instead of the parents. That, in turn, can create a situation where no one, either parent or the children, are happy with the outcome of the divorce proceedings. Divorce mediation is one of the easiest ways to avoid having the terms of custody in your divorce decided by a judge instead of by your family.

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.

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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