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How will my kids' futures be decided in our California divorce?

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How will my kids' futures be decided in our California divorce?

It is probably the number one question on your mind. You want to make sure they are okay. You want to try to protect them from life getting worse just because you and your spouse no longer can remain in your marriage.

When the digital world creates divorce dilemmas

iStock-598912704 social media.jpgYou likely grew up with at least one popular court drama on TV. It might have been L.A. Law, The Good Wife, or you may have seen Law & Order in one of its various installments. These staples of entertainment TV likely helped form your idea about the courts. But have you ever seen these court dramas examine evidence from Facebook?

If you are a fan of a current court drama, maybe you have. That is because more and more, social media as well as other forms of electronic communication are becoming legally relevant. If you are going through a divorce or other family law matter, you should consider how digital media might alter aspects of your specific family law or divorce case.

Big picture could provide hope after divorce

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Everyone responds to divorce differently. Some might throw a divorce party, with a theme cake included and everything. Others might try to focus on anything else, like work, health, self-improvement or the children. Others, like one man who works for Time, took his research skills to matters of his heart.

Can a prenup resolve your arguments about money?

You and the person you love may have a great relationship, except that you frequently bicker about money, and sometimes the arguments get pretty heated. You want to get married, but you are beginning to wonder if money issues will drive a wedge into your relationship even before you are scheduled to walk down the aisle. A friend suggested that you and your intended see an attorney about creating a prenuptial agreement. Could a prenup provide a workable plan? Could it actually bring compromise on the money front?

If divorce starts the year, there's some adjusting to do, pt. 2

iStock-angry young couple.jpgIn a past post we covered how the beginning of the year marks an increased rate of divorce filings in California and throughout the U.S. Whether ringing in the New Year meant deciding to end your marriage or whether you make that decision during any other time of year, there are some important steps to take soon after filing the divorce papers.

If divorce starts the year, there's some adjusting to do, pt. 1

The year of 2017 has ushered in a new administration into the United States government. That alone will bring some need to transition and adjust to big change. But on a more personal level for married couples in California and throughout the country, many are also dealing with the significant life change of divorce.Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for iStock-bridegroom.jpg

Co-Parenting pt. 2

Thumbnail image for iStock-mother daugher hands.jpgWhen a relationship involving children ends (by divorce, separation, whether with or without marriage), co-parenting becomes an issue. 

When the child custody process is behind you and the various arrangements have been finalized, surprise, the other parent still exists and you both still have a relationship as parents.

Co-Parenting pt. 1

When a relationship involving children ends (by divorce, separation, whether with or without marriage), co-parenting becomes an issue.

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Is it better to divide assets in mediation or divorce?

No matter what your income level may be, you likely care a great deal about how your assets - as well as your debts - will be divided when it comes time to dissolve your marriage. This is understandable. After all, no one wants to see a divorce settlement that does not provide a fair split of community property and debts.

Because California law provides two ways to dissolve a marriage - either through traditional divorce proceedings or mediation - one may wonder: Which option results in the best division of assets? To answer this question, you need to consider how each process handles property division.

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