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Parents can support their children through divorce

While divorce can be hard on spouses, it can be even more difficult for children. In many cases, however, both parents can agree that caring for their children is the most important task. Even in cases where the relationship is more contentious, many divorcing parents in California work hard to keep their children from being exposed to marital strife or issues with divorce negotiations.

Errors to avoid when dividing a retirement account

For some couples in California, a retirement account could be their largest asset. Therefore, dividing the account in a divorce could be quite contentious. In a 2016 survey, the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers found that separating retirement accounts was the second most common cause of conflict in a divorce.

Housing after a divorce presents financial challenges

Finding an affordable place to live in California challenges people under the best of circumstances, and the emotional and financial strains of divorce complicate the issue. Regardless of the difficulties, the divorce process involves one or both parties moving out of the marital home. Deciding where to live after a divorce requires a person to evaluate carefully financial resources, future goals and family needs.

Popular marriage advice could actually be harmful

When couples in California are just starting their relationship, they often plan ahead to have a healthy marriage. From the advice of family and friends to online articles, many resources act as a guide for a long-lasting marriage. However, there are some social myths and beliefs that can be harmful rather than helpful to couples looking to improve their connection.

Preparing for divorce in the new year

Many spouses in California wait until after the holidays are over to get a divorce. According to one U.S. study, divorces peak around March and again in August. Many divorce attorneys theorize that holiday stress or an unpleasant summer vacation can trigger couples to think about filing for divorce. There are several ways that those who are facing an impending divorce can prepare themselves.

Determining spousal benefits from Social Security

When a California couple divorces after at least 10 years of marriage, one person might be eligible to draw Social Security benefits on the other person's earnings history. This does not affect the benefits of the estranged spouse, but it usually does require that his or her income of one person has been a great deal higher than that of the other.

Putting together a support team during divorce

California couples who are facing the end of their marriages may want to assemble a team that can support them throughout the process. For emotional support, this could include a therapist as well as family and friends. Each party might also want a financial adviser and an attorney.

How to divide a business in a divorce

When a California business owner gets divorced, it is important to know exactly how much the company is worth. This is because it may be divided in the divorce settlement. How it is divided may depend on the structure of the business; it may be necessary to buy out a spouse if he or she is a partner in the company. Even if the business is run as a sole proprietorship, a spouse may be entitled to a portion of its value.

Addiction, infidelity among common divorce reasons

While California marriages may end for many reasons, the causes of most divorces fall under just a few categories. Money problems are a common reason for divorce. Poverty can be stressful but so can large disparities in income, including if a woman makes significantly more than her husband.

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