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Mistakes to avoid during trial or legal separations

Marriages are highly complex relationships. And as people and circumstances change, so does the marriage. This means that there is a lot of room between happily married and divorced.

Many people decide to separate at some point, either on a trial or legal basis. In these situations, it can be important to avoid some common missteps that could jeopardize the next chapter, whether that is reconciliation or divorce. 

Are there rules in mediation?

Mediating divorce-related matters is becoming increasingly common in California. Most people prefer to stay out of court and avoid litigation because it saves time and money. It allows gives parties more freedom to negotiate agreements that best fit their individual needs and circumstances.

That said, there are rules in mediation. Should someone violate these rules, mediation can be unsuccessful and parties may wind up in court litigating their divorce. As such, it can be crucial to know what these rules are.

Should you tell your kids more about your divorce?

It's natural for parents to want to shield their children from the difficult details of divorce. Moms and Dads don't want their kids to see more fighting or personal shortcomings, and many parents think that by keeping information from them, they are protecting them from hurtful situations.

However, once children reach a certain age, being in the dark about their parents' divorce could cause more problems than it solves. Below, we look at some reasons why -- according to a recent survey -- you might want to tell your kids more about your divorce than you might think.

How to prepare financially for a divorce

Deciding you want a divorce does not necessarily mean you feel nothing for your soon-to-be ex. As you move through the process, you will likely experience sadness, frustration and anger. Everything you shared now needs to be split, including real estate, vehicles, furniture and money. Many of these decisions may be difficult to make. However, preparing financially can reduce your stress and may help you better adapt to your life after the split. 

How to prepare financially for a divorce

Deciding you want a divorce does not necessarily mean you feel nothing for your soon-to-be ex. As you move through the process, you will likely experience sadness, frustration and anger. Everything you shared now needs to be split, including real estate, vehicles, furniture and money. Many of these decisions may be difficult to make. However, preparing financially can reduce your stress and may help you better adapt to your life after the split.

Crucial tips for talking to your children about divorce

Deciding to divorce is not an easy thing to do; telling your children about the divorce can be even more difficult. 

There are many suggestions for how to talk about getting divorced with your children. In this post, we explain three of these recommendations that can be particularly important if you and the other parent plan to pursue an amicable, peaceful divorce.

In divorce, past does not have to be prologue

The inscription on a figure outside the National Archives Building in the nation's capital reads, "What is past is prologue." It is attached to a statute that's entitled Future and traces its roots to Shakespeare. The typical interpretation of the phrase is that past experience offers a prediction of how a similar event might play out in the future.

Such a view might trigger dread, even aversion, for someone in California seeking a divorce, especially if they are entering the process for the second time. If the first divorce was acrimonious, the Bard's quote would suggest the next one will be just as bitter. But those with a solid record of practice in family law know it doesn't have to be that way.

How co-parents can get ready for college

In the coming weeks, kids all across California will be saying goodbye to parents and heading off to college. As much as kids may be looking forward to this next chapter, it can be hard on their parents.

This transition can be especially tough for recently-divorced parents who may still be adjusting to life after divorce. To make this difficult time a little easier, parents in this situation can take a few steps to address the changes that happen when a child goes to college.

Financial issues that plagued your marriage can affect divorce

Financial issues are among the most common reasons why couples decide to end a marriage. It's not necessarily about having money or not having money, either. As one recent article notes, financial issues that lead to divorce can involve poor financial communication, keeping secrets about money and having different money values.

If you are splitting up and these are among the issues that affected your marriage, then it can be important that you know how they might also affect your divorce.

Why (and how) you should protect your digital data during divorce

Spouses often share just about everything. This sharing can make things easier during the marriage, but it can cause complications when two people divorce.

This can be especially true when it comes to digital sharing. In fact, sharing digital data (including email passwords, social media accounts, cloud storage and even music) and access with your partner could actually work against you during a divorce

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