Many people who go through a divorce get an unpleasant surprise when they find out that, just because their name is on the house deed doesn't mean they get to keep the house. Similarly, the car may be registered to their name alone, but that doesn't necessarily mean they get to keep it clear from the property division process.
Before you got married, you and your spouse entered into a prenuptial agreement that you hoped you would never need. Over the years, you may have forgotten all about it, that is, until recently.
Child custody is one of the most difficult issues to resolve in many divorces. The parents must find a way to balance their parental rights with the best interests of their children. What's more, they have to negotiate a parenting plan with their ex, often while they're still in the midst of arguing about property division and other issues. If they can't reach agreement, a court will make a decision for them.
The theory underlying California's child support system is easy enough to understand: Parents have a legal responsibility to care for their child. This legal duty applies whether the parent lives with the child or not. The state maintains a child support system in the interest of making sure children get the support they need.
The most common way to dissolve a marriage in California is through divorce. While the process is not easy, California's makes it legally straightforward.