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What happens to investment properties in a divorce

You may remember the exact conversation in which you and your spouse developed the idea of purchasing rental properties to diversify your investments. Year by year, you accumulated multi-unit residential buildings and commercial properties with a view to having a secure retirement. However, things don't always go as planned.

Preparing for divorce difficulties may prove helpful

When you got married, you likely imagined a life filled with love and happiness with the person you considered your best friend and soulmate. Perhaps after a few years this imagining began to change as marital issues began to creep into your relationship. At first, you and your spouse may have been able to keep the problems at bay, but before too long, you began to experience issues that seemed insurmountable.

The end of a marriage doesn't have to be the end of a business

If you are the owner of a small business, you may have invested a great deal of time and effort into cultivating a successful enterprise. You probably consider your business to be of the utmost importance and wish to shield it from harm, but certain changes in life can be difficult to prepare for, some of which may pose a threat to the longevity of your company.

As a dad, what should you know about fathers' rights?

California fathers want to have an active role in the lives of their children, yet sometimes, this is difficult for unmarried or divorcing fathers. If you are struggling to establish your rightful parenting time or want to protect your rights as a father, you would be wise to obtain the appropriate guidance as you seek to do so.

Uncontested divorce could be the right choice for you

For many California families, divorce is a lengthy, stressful and complicated process. However, it does not have to be like that in every situation. You may not see the need to draw out and overcomplicate your divorce when you and your soon-to-be-ex-spouse agree on most divorce issues.

What if you both retain ownership of your house after divorce?

The exact reasons why you are getting divorced are not as pertinent as what you will do from this point forward when it comes to helping your children adapt to major life changes. Children are definitely not immune to the roller coaster of emotions that many adults (perhaps including you) face when navigating the divorce process. California courts typically believe that, if possible, kids should continue to have as much time with both parents as they can. The crucial question is this: Where should that take place?

Preparation may ease anxiety before child custody hearing

You may have read of celebrities who are shining examples of co-parenting. Gossip magazines show them attending school functions side by side, taking the child on vacations together and even continuing to live in the same house for the sake of the child. It is not that way in reality. You are living proof that breaking up a marriage and co-parenting is difficult and painful.

When a spouse dies before the divorce is final

It’s hard to pin down life in a single definition. Family structures are complex and unpredictable. One never knows what’s going to happen – but the law is set up assuming you have a traditional arrangement. It doesn’t happen often, but if a partner dies before a divorce is finalized, it creates an unusual situation where the soon-to-be ex-spouse instead becomes a widow.