Divorce is complicated for most couples, but it can be especially challenging for celebrities. Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are two of the most famous people in the world, making their divorce a hot topic for news media outlets around the world. Pitt and Jolie, parents to six minor children, reportedly agreed to handle their divorce out of the public eye in 2017, but they were unable to resolve child custody and support issues on their own, apparently due to different parenting styles.
For many couples walking through divorce, finances and property division are some of the most hotly contested issues to navigate. This can be particularly true for couples with a significant amount of wealth or valuable assets. When there is more at stake, there are often stronger feelings regarding what happens to marital property in California divorces.
As you progress through your divorce, you'll quickly realize that there are a lot of minor and major issues for you and your spouse to deal with. For couples without children, divorce can be as simple as dividing up the marital property and going their separate ways. However, things may not be so simple for couples with children. Divorcing parents in California often must agree on where the child will live, how often the other parent will see the child, who will be responsible for making decisions relating to the child's upbringing, and determining who will pay for child-related expenses.
Alimony issues can become one of the most contentious issues in the divorce process, no matter how well you and your soon-to-be ex get along. Generally, alimony or 'spousal support' refers to the money a higher-earning spouse will pay to the lower-earning spouse as part of a couple's divorce agreement.
If you have children, the most important part of the divorce process is figuring out how to share the responsibilities of raising your child with your soon-to-be ex once you are separated. As you start determining child custody and support arrangements, it is important to understand the types of visitation available to a non-custodial parent.
Whether you are in the early stages of wedding planning or years into your marriage, you should consider signing a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement. According to a survey by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, close to two-thirds of lawyers surveyed saw an increase in clients seeking prenuptial agreements over the last three years. Prenuptial agreements are basically seen as contracts and will generally be upheld in court, so it is important to make sure these agreements is drafted correctly.