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Is bird nesting right for your family post-divorce?

One of the most difficult parts of a Redwood City divorce is determining where everyone should live, especially children. Traditionally, one parent would agree to move out of the family home and the children would be expected to travel back-and-forth between their parents' houses. However, a new trend, called "bird nesting," provides children with more stability. It allows them to stay in one home post-divorce, while the parents take turns living in the home. In fact, a new ABC comedy called, "Splitting Up Together," starring Oliver Hudson and Jenna Fischer, draws attention to this new way of living for families dealing with divorce.

How to handle your gray divorce

Divorce at any age in California can be difficult both financially and emotionally. However, gray divorce, or divorce involving those 50 and older, has increased significantly, particularly among those who have gotten remarried. In fact, statistics show that gray divorce has doubled since the 1990s. Before you file the necessary paperwork, it is important to learn more about the gray divorce process.

What is "community property" in a divorce?

If you are currently going through a divorce or learning about what to expect, you may know that California is a "community property" state. What does that mean? Generally, the term community property, also known as marital property, refers to any property acquired during your marriage. Community property may include the income you and your spouse earned throughout the marriage, the family home, furniture purchased during the marriage, mortgages and any debt incurred during the marriage. Community property laws in California will affect the property division process as you go through your divorce.

Filing a response to a divorce petition

The first step of a divorce in California generally requires one spouse to file a petition for divorce with the courts. What happens next will depend on whether the other spouse files a response to the divorce petition and whether the couple reaches an agreement regarding their divorce.

"Flip or Flop" stars divorce is official

Christina and Tarek El Moussa, stars of the popular HGTV show "Flip or Flip," have officially ended their marriage. The former couple, who was married in 2009, decided to separate after an argument in December of 2016 resulted in a call to the police and guns being seized from the couple's home. In January of 2017, Tarek filed a divorce petition, asking for joint physical and legal custody of the couple's two young children. Christina responded to the petition in August of 2017, also requesting joint custody. The parties have reached an agreement and the divorce has been finalized.

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.