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Multiple military jobs make the top ten for divorce rate

Military jobs have many aspects that make them vastly different from other positions. This includes issues related to deployment. It also includes the unique mental and emotional challenges that go with serving as a member of our nation’s military.

The unique characteristics of military jobs can have the potential to put some added pressures on a person and their family. This could include added pressures on a person’s marriage. A recent analysis indicates that certain military jobs see particularly high divorce rates.

Why a prenuptial agreement makes sense for everyone

When Cupid’s arrow finds its mark, the sunshine feels warmer, the birds sing more sweetly, and happily ever seems like more than just a nice ending to children’s stories. You’re in love, you’re getting married, and you can’t imagine that it will ever end. So bringing up the subject of a prenuptial agreement not only seems unnecessary, but hurtful and distrustful.

The fact is, discussing finances can actually strengthen communication skills between couples, which lead to an even healthier, stronger relationship. More than that, it provides financial protection for both people in the event – unlikely as it seems – that the relationship ends. What kind of protection?

‘Redshirting’ decisions and divorced parents

There are many big decisions parents make in regards to their kids. Among these are decisions regarding their children’s education. One such decision comes when their child is approaching kindergarten age. This is the decision of whether to delay their child’s entry into kindergarten by a year. Such a holding back is sometimes called “redshirting.”

Redshirting has grown considerably in modern times. It has become a much more common practice than it was just a few decades ago.

10 signs that a spouse is hiding assets in a divorce

Couples don’t divorce because everything is going just swimmingly. Divorce is a result of deep-seated issues and problems, hurt feelings, and perhaps even betrayal. It’s usually not 100 percent amicable, and – although assets should be divided equitably – each spouse is trying to come out of it smelling like a rose, financially speaking. This take-no-prisoners attitude is not uncommon, to the point where a spouse will sometimes resort to hiding assets during a divorce to gain an edge and emerge with more than their fair share. This is, of course, illegal, but not uncommon.

What are some of the signs that your spouse may be hiding assets?

Protecting one’s financial future in alimony proceedings

Many things about a divorcing person’s future can be at stake during divorce proceedings. This includes their financial future. One of the issues that can have major impacts on the financial futures of both spouses in a divorce is spousal support.

This impactful divorce issue often isn’t a simple one. There are a variety of reasons why alimony matters in a California divorce can get particularly complicated. This includes that:

Living with parents very common among Southern California millennials

Various family trends shift over time. This includes trends on how common it is for younger adults to stay living with their parents. Statistics indicate that, here in the U.S., living with parents is a very common living situation for millennials.

It is estimated that nearly a third (32 percent) of people 18 to 34 in the U.S. are living with parents. This makes it the most common living situation among people in this age group.

Post-divorce changes and child support

Divorce typically brings a great deal of changes with it. However, a divorce finally being in the rearview mirror for a person certainly doesn't mean their life suddenly won't be changing much. There are all sorts of non-divorce-related life-changing circumstances a person could encounter following a divorce.

Some of these circumstances could greatly alter a person's ability to meet obligations they were assigned in the divorce, such as child support obligations. One option that may be available to a divorced parent who is worried that a recent change in their life might create problems when it comes to meeting child support obligations is to request a modification to their child support order.

How divorced parents and their children can have a great summer

Summer is supposed to be a fun, carefree time for swimming, picnics, and sun-filled vacations. For divorced parents, though, summer may be a stressful time. Since children are off from school, visitation schedules need to be adjusted, and each parent wants to spend vacation time with their children. But with some advance thought and planning, conflicts and misunderstandings can be avoided, and the children can still have a fun, activity-planned summer. Here are some tips that can help the summer be peaceful and enjoyable for everyone:

How do you get a restraining order for elder abuse?

Dependent adults are usually elderly, disabled or mentally incapacitated persons who rely on others for their support. Just like young children, these individuals are extremely vulnerable members of society. If the person taking care of a dependent adult becomes abusive, for example, the dependent adult might not know how to make it stop.

Dependent adult abuse may take the form of neglect, abandonment, abduction, isolation, financial abuse or some other action that causes the victim mental suffering or pain. Or, it might involve lack of action on the victim's behalf, such as deprivation of things and care that the person needs.

How to avoid having your ex as your business partner

Not many divorces are easy, and they can be especially stressful if one or both parties own a business. There are some steps you can take to protect your company when your marriage is showing signs of breaking up. Plans to avoid losing half the business in which you've invested countless hours and utilized a myriad of resources will need to be put in place in advance of your divorce settlement. One of the most efficient -- and least expensive -- ways to protect a business is a prenup.

A well-drafted prenuptial agreement can supersede the community property laws that govern divorces in California, making it a powerful tool to protect your business. To make sure such an agreement holds up in court, the best strategy is often for both parties to have their own legal counsel when preparing and signing the prenup.

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