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Divorce Archives

The new year often means more divorces

Now that the holidays are over, many couples make the difficult decision to end their marriages. According to the experts, the number of divorces can increase anywhere from 25 percent to 30 percent from January through March. In fact, more people get divorced during these three months than during any other time of the year. The lowest number of divorces occurs during the summer months and during the holidays.

Maintain financial stability during and after your divorce

If you are considering the idea of getting a divorce, you need to make sure you are prepared for what may lie ahead. The divorce process can be easy or difficult, depending on a number of factors, including the number of marital assets you have, the value of these assets, whether you have minor children and whether you are working outside of the home. Experts say that protecting yourself financially can alleviate a lot of stress during and after your divorce.

How can I end my marriage or domestic partnership in California?

As much as we would like our relationships to last forever, sometimes that just is not possible. People who are in unhealthy marriages or domestic partnerships may decide that getting a divorce is the best option for themselves and their families. If you decide to end your marriage or partnership, there a few options available.

Divorcing couples should consider collaborative divorce

Couples in California who are seeking a divorce may have a number of concerns before starting the process. Two of their biggest concerns are usually financial costs and emotional turmoil. It is no secret that the divorce process can be expensive and emotionally draining, particularly for couples who fight over everything. However, there may be a much better option for couples who are willing to put aside their differences and focus on resolving issues positively.

Mistakes to avoid during your divorce

Now that summer is over and the holidays are right around the corner, the number of divorces in the United States will increase substantially. No matter how sure you and your spouse are about splitting up, your divorce can still be an emotional and tumultuous process. As you proceed with your divorce, you should focus on making sure that your finances are secure as you divide the assets and go your separate ways. You may want the California courts to finalize your divorce as soon as possible, but it is in your best interest to act carefully and understand how each decision you make will affect your financial future.

Taking care of your finances during and after divorce

Couples who are going through a divorce in California often want the divorce process to be as stress-free as possible, both financially and emotionally. As you begin the divorce process, you need to think about what the future holds for you as a soon-to-be newly single person.

Children's needs come first during divorce in California

When wedding bells are ringing in California, the idea of dissolving a marriage is likely far from a couple's minds. However, over time, the two spouses may realize that divorce is unavoidable since they simply cannot resolve their differences. Being prepared for the financial aspect of a divorce is paramount in California.

What should I do once my divorce is finalized?

Many people mistakenly believe that the work is done once their divorce is finalized. However, this is not always the case. There are many things you should make sure you take care of after the final divorce decree is filed, if you have not already taken care of them.

Community property, asset division, and you

When it comes to property division, there are two legal proceedings that lead the way. The first, and most common, is equitable distribution. Most states follow this form of property division, and it allows for a "fair" distribution of the assets in a marriage. However, "fair" in this context does not mean "equal." This is where community property comes in.