When people think about child custody issues, they often think first about securing the initial order. However, as most parents who already have a custody order in place likely know, other issues can arise years after that initial order is put in place.
Men who must navigate the family legal system in California are often in a very delicate situation. They struggle to find a balance between fighting for what they deserve and seeming too aggressive, and they may be tempted to give in to an ex to seem more flexible, even if doing so is not in their best interests.
Custody and visitation disputes can be enormously upsetting for the child involved. Some parents lose sight of this when they are battling in court over who will get custody.
One of the first things people typically wonder about after deciding to divorce is what will happen to their assets. Who will keep the home? How will they divide bank accounts and retirement accounts? Will there be a fight over the family car?
Divorcing spouses are often dealing with painful emotions toward each other, from bitterness and anger to sadness and hostility. When people feel this way, they may think that the only way to resolve the situation is with a contentious battle in the courtroom.
Raising a child with someone to whom you are no longer married can be an enormous challenge. Over time, however, parents typically adjust and settle into a routine that allows for some peace and stability. That may not last long, though.
Validating prenuptial and postnupital agreements might seem like an odd concept to some people because they been told a myth about these contracts: that they can't be changed or legally challenged. This was an early misconception of prenups, as well as the thought that these contracts were "anti-love."
Families today look very different than they did a generation ago. Many parents choose to stay unmarried, same-sex couples can legally marry, adopt and divorce, and women are more likely to work outside the home. Unfortunately, the laws rarely change fast enough to reflect these cultural and familial shifts as soon as they should.
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.
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.