In California, the law requires parties to divide marital property equally in the event of a divorce. While dividing everything in half may seem easy enough, the process can be quite complicated and contentious.
The divorce process is often painted as contentious, dramatic and painful. And while there are certainly divorces that look like this, it does not have to be this way.
When people think about divorce, they often imagine that the process takes place in a courtroom and in front of a judge who will make rulings on divorce-related matters like child custody and spousal support. However, in reality, people typically resolve these issues outside of court through mediation or collaborative divorce.
If you are getting divorced in California, you will go through the mediation process, whether you choose to or the courts order you to. Mediation can be a faster, more peaceful way to resolve divorce-related matters than litigation, and it can allow parties to maintain more control over the outcome.
When parents divorce, they rarely cut ties completely. They often work together to raise their children, which means that they may be communicating with each other, making decisions together and showing up at the same events for their child for decades to come.
The 2017-2018 school year will be drawing to a close shortly. For divorcing or separated parents, this may be a time of additional trepidation due to concerns over what the kids will do over the summer. Ideally this will be a time for children to participate in sports camps, daycare activities (aka day camp) or spend additional time with extended family.
Who wants to fight about a divorce when both parties are intent on leaving the marriage? This is a question that many people encounter when faced with dissolving a marriage. Indeed, each divorcee may want to leave with their fair share of the marital estate, but more often than not, there are debts to be taken care of; and when the number of debts exceeds the parties' assets, disputes can arise.