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Factors that affect prenup's validity in California


A prenuptial agreement is a way to secure a California residents' financial stability from the impact of a divorce. By signing a prenuptial agreement before marriage, the legal document can establish and protect rights of each spouse. It may also protect the family-owned business from being divided upon a divorce and even secure the financial assets and inheritance of one party. However, there are cases where a court can invalidate a prenuptial agreement.

Divorces are more complex and emotional than many people realize

Most people think they know all about divorce, both the legal process and its long-term effects. They may be somewhat familiar with the broad outlines of this family law issue, especially if they are not among the 50 percent of married Americans who have undergone divorce. However, they are less likely to understand and appreciate the highly emotional nature of divorce, particularly when children are involved.

What is the court's role in child support disputes in California?


Basically, the amount of a child support award in California depends on the sources of income for both parents, financial needs of the child and other expenses. However, the final decision regarding child support is in the hands of a family law judge or court commissioner.

Why prenuptial agreement may be necessary in marriage


Protection from the financial impact of divorce is one of the reasons why couples getting married in Orange County, California, opt to draft a prenuptial agreement. Whether it's a celebrity marrying, a spouse with a thriving business or just an ordinary couple who wants to start a family, a prenuptial agreement may be a great foundation for each party's financial security.

Avoiding the potential cost of a separation in California


Cohabitation is common in Orange County, California. Many couples move in with their significant other and enjoy its benefits. Given the fact that the cost of living is higher in California than any other state, living together is a cost-effective way to lower everyday expenses and monthly bills. As more and more people take advantage of the benefits of cohabitation, more couples are bound to face property division challenges in the event of separation.

Child support programs and enforcement in California


Child support has an important role in the life of children who live in California. It can help cover the child's living expenses, basic necessities, health care and other financial needs. However, there are certain instances where the non-custodial parent fails to pay child support. This is the right time for authorities to step in and help. California has a child support program to help collect payments from child support obligors. The program also assists parents in establishing paternity and enforces child support orders, helping many families and children obtain what they need.

How same-sex couples fare with divorce around the country


Property division, spousal support, child custody and child support are among the legal issues that can be a point of contention when a marriage ends. Over the last decade, though, another issue has brought more than a little confusion, anxiety, uncertainty and bitter court battles and challenges for many Americans: same-sex divorce.

Is a nasty child custody battle worth it after divorce?


Most divorcing parents would fight to the bitter end for their rights when it comes to living with their children, and divorce can put their parental rights at stake. In California, child custody is the legal process that determines each parent's rights and responsibilities to their children after divorce. Child custody also includes the custody agreement that indicates visitation rights and arrangements for the non-custodial parent.