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October 2018 Archives

New California law addresses pets in the divorce process

There's no doubt that the divorce process can be an emotional one. For many Californians, dealing with child custody and visitation issues is at the heart of their emotional conflict. Yet, in many instances, parties find themselves squabbling over who will get the family pet. Previously, California law recognized pets as property, meaning that a decision had to be made about which party would take control of it. However, a new law set to take effect in 2019 will change the way courts handle this oftentimes delicate issue.

Considerations to make prior to entering into a guardianship

In a perfect world, parents would be able to provide for their children with support from friends and family. As we all know, though, the world is far from ideal. Often, parents are incapable of caring for their children, whether it be due to substance abuse, domestic violence, poverty, or incarceration. When this happens, somebody else must step in to raise these children.

The true purpose of a prenuptial agreement

Money woes are a common cause of divorce. For this reason, many seek divorce in hopes of securing some sort of financial freedom. Yet, when those individuals who are facing financial difficulties go to dissolve their marriage, they find themselves facing battles of money and property. This can be a long, drawn-out, and ugly process that many people wish they could have avoided. The good news for those who are considering marriage is that they can avoid this potentiality by entering into a prenuptial agreement.

The right approach to property division issues in a divorce

A recent post here discussed the differences between community property and separate property. This distinction can have a dramatic effect on the property division process when a couple gets divorced. It can lay the foundation for an individual's post-divorce finances, which means that it needs to be handled carefully and competently.

Is your spouse hiding assets

Many people have secrets from their spouses, ranging from the trivial to the earth-shattering. A surprising number of people hide financial information during their marriages. However, once divorce becomes a real possibility, a spouse who hides assets can cause significant harm to the other spouse if he or she is not caught in time.

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