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The Basic Elements of California Spousal Support

Making the transition from being married to being divorced can be a massive challenge emotionally, socially and - for most spouses - financially.

The financial transition can prove to be especially frustrating and scary if you are someone who took care of the home or kids during your marriage, as you may not be able to quickly transition back into the work force to support yourself after divorce. There are many reasons for this - maybe the children still need you at home, maybe your work skills are no longer current, maybe you were never in the work force to begin with. If you are in this situation, then you need to be aware of the options for spousal support (also known as "alimony" in states other than California).

Child custody and travel: What single parents should know

Summer is one of the most popular times for families to take a vacation. With kids out of school, it is easier to plan trips involving them. If you are a divorced parent, however, traveling is a little more complicated.

How to handle travel is one of the common questions parents have after divorce. Travel arrangements, however, don't have to be complicated.

Social Media Can Play a Major Role in Divorce

Social media frequently plays a large role in a divorce. There are two potential take aways from this general statement. The first is that social media may cause divorce or marital unhappiness, as one study recently pointed out. The second is that the data and content on your social media accounts could be used during your divorce proceeding. This is the crucial interaction between divorce and social media that many couples are missing - or simply don't know - when a spouse decides to file for divorce.

What you should and shouldn't do during a divorce

There are some simple steps that people who are going through a divorce can take to improve the process. There are also some missteps they can avoid during the process that will bolster their chances in the divorce.

So what sorts of actions and traps are we talking about here? Let's take a look at a bunch of them so that you can be better prepared during a divorce:

Three reasons to consider mediation

Litigated divorce can be stressful, expensive and time consuming. Courtroom battles often intensify the emotional and financial stakes of the end of a relationship. Fortunately, there are other options.

Mediation is an alternative divorce process that offers several benefits.

What is 'gray divorce' and why does it matter?

There has been a divorce phenomenon that has shown no signs of slowing down in recent years. Dubbed "gray divorce," the phenomenon relates to the staggering rise in divorce rates for people over the age of 50. Data from the National Center for Health Statistics and the U.S. Census Bureau shows that in the 1990s, only five in every 1,000 married adults were divorced. In 2015, that figure was up to 10 in every 1,000 married adults.

At the older end of the spectrum the "gray divorce" trend is even stronger. For married adults over the age of 65, about two people in every 1,000 married adults was divorced in the 1990s. In 2015, that figure was up to six in every 1,000 married adults.

Protecting assets in divorce after 50

Filing for divorce is challenging at any stage. If you are 50 or older, with an eye on retirement, your investments, assets and retirement accounts become even more important during divorce proceedings.

If you no longer have minor children, your primary concern will likely be maintaining your lifestyle and ensuring financial comfort.

Include this, avoid that: the ins and outs of prenups

Last Saturday we wrote a post on prenuptial agreements and how a divorcee could successfully challenge such a contract. Some people think prenups can't be challenged, but to the contrary, there are plenty of circumstances where a challenge to a prenup could be successful.

Today, we want to talk a bit more about prenuptial agreements. More specifically, let's talk about the things you can include in a prenup and the things that you can't.

The paths forward if you want to challenge a prenup

A prenuptial agreement is an important contract nowadays that can protect both spouses in a marriage. Many issues can be addressed in the prenuptial agreement, and these matters can help a couple with their marriage or expedite the divorce process, should the relationship come to that. But one thing that a prenuptial isn't is impregnable.

Prenups received a reputation as being ironclad contracts that simply couldn't be challenged many decades ago. While prenups are usually upheld and go through without incident or challenge, that doesn't mean there aren't circumstances that could warrant a challenge -- one that may end up being successful.

Separation can help you transition to divorce

Many couples that are married but unhappy with their relationship take the immediate step of filing for divorce. This can be a the right move for many, but some should consider the benefits of legal separation. This is an uncommon route for unhappy couples, but it can really behoove those couples to take this route if they are unsure about the finality of a divorce.

Legal separation is a court order which keeps the spouses married, but they live separately and they will also live under rules that are similar to a divorce. Matters such as property division, child custody and even separation maintenance (effectively spousal support during the separation) can be addressed when a couple decides to separate.

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