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If you are unhappy, it may be time to assess your marriage

No matter what rom-coms or romance novels may tell us, we know that maintaining a marriage is hard work. And every couple goes through periods that are especially difficult. If you are currently going through a rough patch, it is possible that with time and a cooperative effort, you and your spouse will get back on track.

California parents feel financial pinch from childcare

California is a great state to live in. But unfortunately, as parents of preschoolers can attest, it can also be a very expensive state in which to raise children. And more and more, parents are having to make tough financial choices when trying to find and pay for acceptable childcare.

5 tips for making a parenting plan your kids will love

Getting a divorce is a hard decision for any parent, but even harder is deciding on a parenting plan. It's important to choose a plan that works well for your children and your own schedule. Here are five tips for making a plan that works for you.

Why would a judge order a supervised visitation?

Most of us are aware of just how complicated family life can be. But regardless of how difficult family relationships may become, a priority must always be placed on the emotional and physical well-being of the children. The state of California recognizes this fact, which is why all family court decisions are based on the best interests of the children.

Prenups offer extra benefits for older couples

You never know the surprises life can hold. And it can be extremely exciting when you find yourself in a serious relationship when you are over 50 years of age. Not only is meeting someone special revitalizing, but you also have a wealth of experience that you can draw from to make your new relationship stronger than any you have had before. So, if you are planning on marrying your new partner, you likely have an idea or two on how to make things work better than in any previous relationship.

Pitt and Jolie now in child support dispute

When two of the most powerful stars in Hollywood divorce, it should be no surprise that the settlement negotiations become the subject of countless articles and blog posts. But the case of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie seems to be taking things to a whole new level. And the latest bone of contention the stars are picking with each other involves child support.

Avoid putting invalid provisions in your prenuptial agreement

As you may already be aware, crafting a prenuptial agreement prior to getting married can provide you and your partner with myriad benefits and protections. And even if the marriage does not work out, the time invested in creating a prenup will be more than made up by the savings of both time and money when going through the divorce process.

What to do about a business when divorcing

All those years ago, when you and your spouse started your business together, you had no way of knowing what the future would hold. Time passed and your business grew. But unfortunately, your relationship also changed and now you are facing a divorce. Divorce for any couple is complicated, but especially so for couples who are also business partners.

Staying strong can help you get a fair divorce settlement

While it may be in your best interests to get a divorce, that does not make the ordeal any less painful. It is very easy and perfectly normal to feel alone and vulnerable when ending a marriage. There are so many worries that can occupy your mind. You may have noticed that long-time friends are starting to keep their distance and seem to be siding with your soon-to-be ex-spouse. Perhaps even your children have expressed anger in your direction.

Embracing the changes caused by a divorce

Even if it provides your best opportunity for a happier future, a divorce can leave you feeling emotionally drained and perhaps even a bit insecure. After all, the path you believed your life was on has taken a serious detour. And as you proceed through the divorce process, there are myriad potential conflicts that can tax both your time and your energies.

Domestic violence victims do not choose to be abused

If you have found yourself in a relationship in which you are on the receiving end of abuse, you may wonder how things went so wrong. After all, in the beginning, everything was wonderful and your partner treated you with love kindness and respect. But now you fear being in his or her presence and you are constantly afraid of saying or doing something that will trigger a verbal or even a physical attack.

Hefty interest charges levied for delinquent child support

Keeping up with child support payments can be extremely daunting under the best of circumstances. However, if you are experiencing a financial setback due to an untimely event such as the loss of a job, you may be hard pressed to come up with money every month.

Art of divorce: Can my soon-to-be ex-spouse lay claim on my art?

You know that African-inspired facemask collection you bought on a whim from an exotic art gallery in London ten years ago for $5,000? Well, now that you're getting a divorce, your soon-to-be ex wants a piece of it. The problem is, your appraiser says it's worth $25,000 and her appraiser says it's worth $2,500.

Frances Bean Cobain in battle with ex over famous guitar

It is all too easy to let the strong feelings that you have for your significant other color your decision making. After all, if you believe you have found that one true and lasting love, why worry about future conflicts? But unfortunately, sometimes feelings change and what once seemed an unbreakable bond devolves into a bitter feud. When this happens, you may find yourself downright shocked at your former partner's behavior.

Is tech causing more divorces?

It is a high tech world, and you use technology every single day. It changes the way you work, earn, and spend your down time. It offers new opportunities you never had before, and it opens more doors.