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The New Year will herald in tax changes affecting divorce

Many Californians who find themselves in an unhappy marriage may eager to end their union as quickly as possible. However, changes in U.S. tax laws that will become effective January 1, 2019, may make finalizing one's divorce before the New Year especially attractive. The following is a brief overview of some of these changes.

It's time to start reviewing your child custody holiday schedule

As November goes by, parents in Redwood City are starting to think about the upcoming Thanksgiving and winter holidays. They will want to make sure these holidays are magical for their child and will provide their child with happy memories that will last a lifetime. However, these goals become more complex to achieve if a child's parents are divorced.

What steps do I need to take to file for divorce in California?

Every state has different rules when it comes to filing for divorce, so it can be helpful to speak to an attorney as soon as possible after realizing that your marriage may be heading for dissolution. In California, anyone seeking divorce will be required to file various forms with the court and serve them on their spouse.

Divorcing couples should avoid making these financial mistakes

If you have made the difficult decision to divorce your spouse, it is important that you protect yourself by making smart financial decisions. As you go through the divorce process, it may be beneficial for you to consult an attorney who can advise you based on your specific circumstances.

How do my fiancé and I go about signing a prenup?

Pre-nuptial agreements are often a hot topic of contention among soon-to-be married couples in California. Some people say that prenups serve as a back-up plan in case the marriage doesn't work out. Others feel that signing a prenup implies that you are thinking about divorce even before you get married, and worry that the process of negotiating the agreement may cause too much stress for the couple to overcome.

Managing parental relocation post-divorce

You and your spouse have finalized your divorce and the custody agreement has been signed on the dotted line. Now, one of you has decided to move. What happens next? For many former couples, parental relocation can be one of the most difficult parts of life after divorce, particularly if your ex wants to take your kids with them. A Redwood City divorce lawyer can review your situation and advise you on how to make the relocation process easier.

Law gives judges more discretion to deal with pet custody issues

Every divorcing couple is different, which means the most contentious issue during marriage dissolution can vary by case. Sometimes the most fought over issue of a divorce isn't dividing up the furniture or deciding who gets the family home, but rather, deciding who gets the pet. Many people consider their pets to be part of the family, but family courts have often treated pets like any other piece of property during divorce proceedings. However, a new law in California will give judges much more discretion when deciding who your pet should live with post-divorce.

Getting a divorce? Stay away from social media

Divorce is never an easy process, particularly if you and your soon-to-be ex are not on the best of terms. During divorce, you may feel angry at your spouse and want to lash out against them on social media. However, experts warn that anything you post online could come back to haunt you later on as you divide up your assets or fight over custody of your children.

Preparing the kids for school post-divorce

Summer break has flown by, and soon the kids will be back-to-school, if they haven't started already. If you and your spouse recently got a divorce, you may be concerned about how the divorce will affect your children, particularly when it comes to their schooling. With the right preparation, you and your ex can ensure that your kids have a successful school year and continue to maintain positive relationships with both parents post-divorce.