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Resolving Difficulties In The Divorce Process: Don't Let The Same Problems That Plagued Your Marriage Derail Your Divorce

Couples divorce for any number of reasons. However, some reasons are commonly cited: communication failures, disagreements over money and the challenges of raising children.

Just as these factors can contribute to the end of a marriage, they can also influence the trajectory of a divorce. Because of this, it can be crucial to understand how to address these issues so that they don't cause unnecessary problems during your divorce.

What Parents and Presumed Parents Should Know About Paternity

Paternity issues are similar to other family law legal matters, in that they are serious issues affecting the long-term well being of children, and the courts will treat them seriously.

In order to resolve parentage issues, mothers, fathers and/or presumed fathers should understand some basic information about California paternity laws 

Why You Need a Non-Disparagement Clause

The central inquiry in child custody matters is "what is in the best interest of the child?" Courts use this as the primary basis for making decisions about custody when parents cannot come to an agreement on their own. Parents who are negotiating an agreement on their own should use the best interest of their child as the starting point for their negotiation, also.

California Parenting Plans: What To Include

One of the most valuable documents parents can have in the aftermath of a divorce is a clear, comprehensive parenting plan. This agreement can serve as a guidebook for what will be expected of parents as they transition into parenting a child together but separately.

Below are some examples of what you may want to include in your plan.

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 There are many reasons for this - maybe the children still need you at home, maybe your work skills are no longer current, maybe you were never in the work force to begin with.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.

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