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The purpose of post-divorce modifications

When the parties to a marriage reach the termination of their negotiations and settle their issues, they may feel as though they have completed their dealings with their soon-to-be exes. In some cases, this may be true and the parties may not have to address legal issues between them ever again. Unfortunately, many individuals who go through divorces will experience changes in their lives that may necessitate post-divorce modifications.

What grounds for divorce may be used in California?

Divorce is a legal event. Though many Californians may think about the financial and emotional components of ending marriages, at its core a divorce is the legal termination of a relationship. If a couple is not legally married then their separation does not require a court's approval to be terminated. In order for a court to get involved in a couple's relationship and bring it to its end there must be grounds, or a basis, for the marriage to end.

Acting duo plans to divorce after short marriage

In California, it is not unusual for there to be celebrity divorces. Often, these fall into the category of a high asset divorce. When divorce is being considered, initially, it might not be comparable for everyday couples to look at celebrity divorces and seek similarities. However, it is not uncommon for those who are well-known to engage in public disputes over money, property and other aspects of a marriage regardless of its duration. Many couples have failed to get a prenuptial agreement. For those who are facing these concerns, it is wise to examine celebrity divorces and find parallels, especially with people who have large incomes. Of course, legal assistance is crucial.

What if a spouse refuses to pay after a divorce judgment?

When there is a divorce in California, it is common for one spouse to be ordered to pay the other spouse as part of a family law judgment. This could be for anything including property, support and more. Comparable to any debt, there can be an issue with the spouse who owes failing to pay or outright refusing to pay what is owed. The receiving spouse is often unsure of how to handle such a difficult dispute. There are, however, legal steps that can be taken to get what it owed. Understanding what the law says about the collection alternatives is an important factor. Having legal assistance is another.

Is summary dissolution an option for my California divorce?

California couples at the end of a marriage will often be under the impression that the case will be filled with rancor and dispute, and they will battle over every aspect of the case. For many, this is undeniably true. For others, the case is not as difficult, and there are factors that will let the couple use what is known as a summary dissolution.

When are California prenuptial agreements not enforceable?

In California, a prenuptial agreement is a common document that some parties use to protect their interests when they get married. The goal is to shield them in case the union ends in divorce. Many might believe this is limited to those who are wealthy and have significant assets so they can be protected if there is a high asset divorce, but many will seek prenuptial agreements for a variety of reasons. If both sides have properties they want to retain, if there is a business at stake or if they want to have clearly delineated lines of what belongs to each - all are justifications for a prenuptial agreement.

Separate bank accounts don't make property division easier

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.

What subjects can a prenuptial agreement cover?

Spring is a popular time for weddings in California. However, while wedding planning can be romantic, there is one task that many couples choose to get done before they walk down the aisle: executing a prenuptial agreement. Prenups may not be very romantic, but they are practical and address the reality that each party should be protected in the event of a divorce.

What issues take center stage in a 'grey divorce'?

People in Redwood City may have noticed that the overall divorce rate in our nation has been on the downswing the past two decades. However, the divorce rate of those age 50 and older has seen an uptick over the years. In what is referred to as a "grey divorce," these older couples face issues their younger counterparts do not.