Lots of people in California and across the country are familiar with how prenuptial agreements work. These legally binding documents are signed before marriage and help to protect each partner's assets in case of separation or divorce. Postnuptial agreements are not as well known.
There are a whole host of reasons why a couple may choose to end their marriage. Disputes over money are a driving force behind many divorces, but so is infidelity. While the exact cause of a marriage dissolution may not seem that important when you get down to brass tacks, the truth of the matter is that it can play a significant role in how certain legal issues, like spousal support, are resolved.
There are a number of things that can spur divorce. Infidelity, lack of common interests, and conflicting worldviews, including money management, can all contribute to spouses seeking marriage dissolution. Yet, just as there are various reasons for seeking divorce, many Californians find many reasons to put off divorce for a period of time or altogether. Sometimes these reasons are valid. In others, though, the fears are simply unfounded and can be successfully addressed through competent divorce planning, negotiating, and, if necessary, litigating.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.