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Prepare for divorce with a property division checklist

Many people shy away from divorce because they are afraid of the various challenges they will face. They assume it's probably easiest to stay in their marriage, even if it means they are unhappy.

You don't want to find yourself in this same position. Even though there may be challenges, there is nothing so big that it can't be overcome.

Primary custody in California: A primer

In California, child custody is one of the single biggest issues that couples face in a divorce. Reaching a satisfactory arrangement regarding custody is rarely easy, particularly when one or both parents are fighting for primary custody of their children.

To better understand primary custody in California, take a look at some of these major factors that courts consider when granting primary custody.

Child support: Understanding the basics

Child support is a frequent component of many divorces. With nearly half of all marriages in the United States ending in divorce, and nearly one-fourth of all children born to parents who are unmarried, many parents will have to deal with child support at some point or another.

The legal process regarding child support varies case by case. For some families it can be simple, amicable and easy; for others, complicated, contentious and difficult. There are a few basic principles to child support that you should know in order to understand it. This post will go over some of the most important points, such as:

How and why spouses try to hide community property

Hiding assets is not uncommon. It can be done for tax or privacy reasons, but it can also be used as a weapon in divorce. Hiding assets can complicate the process for awarding child support and dividing property, often with disastrous consequences.

The leading factor for the division of assets is the line between what is community and separate property. The law in California is very simple. Community property is everything that spouses or domestic partners own together. Separate property is anything earned prior to the marriage, or inherited or given to just one of the spouses. Assets are hidden when one of the spouses in a marriage takes steps to conceal rightfully earned community property.

Timing concerns in marriage and divorce

Among the big decisions that arise for couples that desire to one day tie the knot is how long to wait to get married. How much time couples spend dating before marrying can impact many things. Research suggests this could include how likely a couple is to face divorce later on down the road.

The research was from Emory University. I looked into issues related to marriage and divorce through a survey of over 3,000 individuals who were currently or previously married. Among the things researchers looked into when it comes to the survey data is how divorce likelihood varied among couples based on how long they dated prior to tying the knot. Among the research’s finding were that:

Divorcing with teens: Addressing changes in daily life

Having a teenager in the home at the same time you decide to get a divorce has its challenges. Some teens understand and support their parents' decisions, while others begin to lash out or become depressed. As a parent, it's your responsibility to take care of your teen during this time, even if you think that he or she will handle the divorce well. There could be underlying concerns or issues your teen is avoiding, so focus on talking to your teen early to get through the divorce more easily.

A divorce is challenging without the complication that comes from having children going through it as well. Here are a few tips for helping your teen get through divorce more easily.

What career has the lowest divorce rate?

Different jobs vary in many ways. This includes in how much in divorce risks might be connected to them. There is a great deal of variation in divorce rates between different jobs. Given this, one thing some might wonder is: What sorts of careers carry the lowest divorce likelihoods?

According to a recent research statistics, the job that holds the No. 1 spot in this regard are actuary positions. The statistics involve the divorce rates of different careers here in the United States. They include lists of the jobs with the lowest and highest rates.

Responding to a parental child abduction

While divorcing individuals may hope that, after their divorce, their ex will be respectful of their rights, this sadly doesn’t always happen. Now, experiencing any violation of the rights granted to them in a divorce can be very distressing for a person. However, few can fill a person with fear and worry the way violation of their custodial rights regarding their kids can.

One way such a violation can come about is when a noncustodial parent abducts a child. When such an abduction occurs, a custodial parent may have all sorts of major worries. This includes worries about:

Elder abuse: A preventable risk to patients

Your loved one is important to you, no matter how old he or she gets. You want to know that the care he or she receives is acceptable and within the standards of the medical field. Unfortunately, some situations result in elder abuse due to poor training or those who have no place being in a medical setting.

Elder abuse occurs in a number of ways including physical, sexual, domestic, financial and psychological abuse. Neglect is also a kind of elder abuse. Here are a few things you should know.

Do genetics play a role in divorce likelihood?

The decision to get divorced is often a very complicated one. Many different factors could be at play in such a decision. So, a person’s likelihood of getting divorced could be impacted by many things. Might this include their genetics? A recent study points to the answer being yes.

The study was aimed at looking into what is behind the phenomenon of divorce running in families. Specifically, it investigated whether genetics or psychological factors were the main drivers behind this tendency.

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