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Unmarried with children? What you may need to consider

Having a child before getting married used to be something that was generally stigmatized and even hidden. In previous generations, if this happened, a couple would often quickly plan a wedding and get married. While that does still happen, many parents choose not to get married just because they have a child together.

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What this means is that there are some serious considerations that unmarried parents must evaluate to protect themselves and their child, whether they plan to eventually marry or not.

Can I expect alimony in my divorce?

Getting divorced can be an enormously difficult transitional period in any person's life. Going from being a couple to feeling like you are on your own can be overwhelming and you are likely going to go through periods of being scared and feeling insecure. This can be especially true when it comes to your financial stability.

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If you were not the primary breadwinner in your household when you were married and/or stopped working to raise the children, you likely are afraid of how you will be able to provide for yourself financially when you are no longer married. You may feel like the floor is about to drop out from under you. However, you should know that you may be able to collect spousal support to make this transition period a little easier.

Child custody 101: know the basics

We discuss several complicated situations involving child custody and visitation on this blog, from international custody disputes to violations of parental rights. There is no doubt that every child custody case has the potential to be complex and problematic.

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However, not all custody cases are particularly thorny, legally speaking. For many people going through the process of establishing custody and visitation in California, it can be a fairly straightforward, albeit still difficult, situation.

Financial decisions that can help you adjust to life post-divorce

There is no doubt that getting divorced can affect your financial stability. This is true whether you (or your ex) did not work or if you and your ex both were employed. When you get divorced, the money and assets that supported one single household must be split between two people which can cause some anxiety and fear about your financial future.

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However, even though money can be tight and finances can be confusing after the dissolution of your marriage, there are some things you can consider doing in order to ease some of the economic strain you may be feeling.

Divorcing couple's viral photo captures collaborative split

In recent years, we have been hearing a lot more about collaborative, almost peaceful divorces. Couples are ending their marriage not out of anger but out of respect.

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This trend toward collaboration may be the result of a few different factors, including the fact that divorce is no longer seen by most people as something to be ashamed of or stigmatized. Because of this, it can be easier to look at a divorce as something to improve their lives and not as something that destroys it. This appears to be the stance that one former couple has taken and they have the picture to prove it.

What's the difference between a prenup and a 'love contract'?

If you are getting married, you and your soon-to-be spouse have likely discussed your hopes and plans for the future. You may know where you want to live, how many kids you want to have, what roles you will each fill around the house, and how you will approach finances as a couple.

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However, talking about these issues is not the same as protecting them. For those who want to take this process a bit further, it may be wise to consider speaking with an attorney to put everything in writing in an enforceable document. Unfortunately, some people make the mistake of thinking that as long as something is in writing, it is enforceable.

The dos and don'ts of online behavior after filing for divorce

We live in a digital world where we can access information as quickly as we can type it into a search on our computers or smartphones. Further, thanks to sites like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, we can find an extraordinary amount of information on just about anyone with a social media account in a matter of seconds.

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However, all this digital data can come back to haunt a person who is going through a divorce, as noted in this Forbes article. If you are currently going through a divorce, there are some important things you should keep in mind when you get online.

August is Child Support Awareness Month

There are more than a million children in California who are supported by the financial contributions of non-custodial parents. In fact, there are 8,000 of these children in Yolo County alone. The importance of these payments cannot be overstated, especially considering the sheer number of families in this state that depend on them.

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While child support can impact parents every single month, the month of August in particular may be a good time for every parent to take a moment and reflect on their current child support situation, as this month is Child Support Awareness Month in California.

Accounting for child support

We often discuss the challenges that many people have when it comes to calculating and assigning child support. Of course this can be a contentious process, but ultimately, a decision will be made and an order for support will be issued.

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This doesn't mean that the complications of child support are over. In fact, many people run into problems when parents disagree about how the money is spent. For instance, many parents find themselves at odds over how child support is spent. In order to avoid this and hopefully keep these disputes from erupting, there are a few tools that parents may want to consider.

Chemical dependency can impact child custody

Millions of people in the United States struggle or have struggled with an addiction to drugs or alcohol; many of them are parents. Addiction is undoubtedly a serious issue that many families across California deal with on a regular basis and it can play an especially powerful role when it comes to child custody disputes.

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If you are battling addiction or are concerned about the chemical dependency of your child's other parent, you need to understand how it will affect parental rights as well as custody and visitation arrangements.

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