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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.

Divorcing couples must decide who will pay kids' college tuition

As you progress through your divorce, you'll quickly realize that there are a lot of minor and major issues for you and your spouse to deal with. For couples without children, divorce can be as simple as dividing up the marital property and going their separate ways. However, things may not be so simple for couples with children. Divorcing parents in California often must agree on where the child will live, how often the other parent will see the child, who will be responsible for making decisions relating to the child's upbringing, and determining who will pay for child-related expenses.

Prenuptial and postnuptial agreements offer protection

Whether you are in the early stages of wedding planning or years into your marriage, you should consider signing a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement. According to a survey by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, close to two-thirds of lawyers surveyed saw an increase in clients seeking prenuptial agreements over the last three years. Prenuptial agreements are basically seen as contracts and will generally be upheld in court, so it is important to make sure these agreements is drafted correctly.

What are my options for divorce?

Deciding to officially end your marriage is a very difficult decision, even if you and your spouse have been butting heads for a while. If you have decided to get a divorce, then you and your spouse may be wondering how to go about the process. California couples have various options when it comes to divorce, so it is important that you choose the one that is best for you and your family. A family law attorney can assist in that decision and help you move forward with whatever you decide.

Finalizing your divorce in 2018 may save you money

If you and your spouse have decided to go your separate ways, you may be wondering when the timing is right to finalize a marriage dissolution. With new tax laws in place, there are many things to consider as you begin the divorce filing process. For many California couples, finalizing their divorce in 2018 may be the best financial decision for their families' futures.

Certain assets may be affected by your divorce

Divorce can have a significant impact on your finances, particularly when it comes to your retirement assets. According to a study by the Center for Retirement Research (CRR), households that have not been through a divorce have a 30 percent higher net financial wealth than households that have been through divorce. Divorced people are also five percent more likely to run out of assets than non-divorced people.