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4 ways to protect your business during divorce

Imagine spending years building up a successful consulting business. You have spent countless hours, from the time you started your company until now, ensuring its profitability. You sacrificed other business opportunities, as well as time with your friends and family, to make your dream come true. Now, imagine all you worked for hanging by a thread, its continuation dependent of the outcome of your divorce.

Considerations in spousal support

When a couple decides to divorce, they may not always realize just how complex a process it can be. The law views a marriage much in the same way that it views a business relationship, and there are some very specific legal hoops that must be jumped through to successfully file for a divorce that the court will approve. One of the areas that is commonly misunderstood is the concept of spousal support after a divorce.

Keep the focus on your child in child support cases

As a parent, you know that your child's upbringing isn't going to be cheap. The expense of raising a child doesn't stop just because you and the child's other parent aren't in a relationship any longer. In this case, child support plays a crucial role in making sure that your child has the financial support necessary to get at least life's necessities.

Adoption agency's bankruptcy raises questions for families

When a family makes the choice to change a child's life forever by adopting, they rarely think that the process could be derailed by the financial woes of the adoption agency. Unfortunately, this is a very real possibility, as thousands of families recently discovered after a nationwide adoption agency entered bankruptcy earlier this year.

Some issues with divorce involving children with special needs

Divorce is a very complex endeavor and it is made even more so by children with special needs. You need to ensure that you take particular care to resolve four key issues when it comes to your divorce. Children with special needs require extra care during a custody dispute. They require additional medical care, education oversight and transition plans to ensure that both parents continue to act the child’s best interest.

Five Ways that a Divorce can Impact Your Credit, Part 1

Divorce can balloon into several different but related problems, most commonly credit issues, and bankruptcy. These issues are complex but manageable with quick and decisive action. This post will continue with the final three tips on ways to protect your credit during a divorce.

Liam Hemsworth and Miley Cyrus fighting over prenuptial agreement

Pop songstress Miley Cyrus and her actor fiancé Liam Hemsworth are reportedly having quite a row in the months leading to their wedding. The two plan to wed in the Himalayan mountains in the summer, but that could be on hold if they can't come to an understanding regarding their prenuptial agreement.

Kate Hudson and Chris Robinson in conflict over child custody

Once a judge renders his or her decision regarding the terms of a parenting agreement, both parents are legally obligated to do as the agreement instructs. However, as time passes, one or both parents may come to the conclusion that the terms as they stand are not in the child's best interests. When such is the case, it is possible to have the agreement modified. But unless both parents are amenable to the modification, it is quite likely the matter will create a contentious set of circumstances.

Who decides the value of your assets during a divorce?

California is a community property state, which can be beneficial during a divorce. Essentially, this means that both partners in a marriage are half owners of all assets accrued during the marriage, no matter whose income paid for what.

Be sure to use good practices when handling child custody issues

California law stipulates that your child's best interests have to be the focal point of all decisions related to child custody. When you and your ex are working through the child custody mediation process, you have to think carefully about this point and others that the court considers important.

Children of divorce need a consistent lifestyle

As a parent, you no doubt want only the best life has to offer for your child. Moreover, you also understand the importance of shielding the child from as much undue stress as possible. Unfortunately, if you are going through a divorce, it is almost certain to upset your child to some degree.

Kate Hudson and Chris Robinson in conflict over child custody

Once a judge renders his or her decision regarding the terms of a parenting agreement, both parents are legally obligated to do as the agreement instructs. However, as time passes, one or both parents may come to the conclusion that the terms as they stand are not in the child's best interests. When such is the case, it is possible to have the agreement modified. But unless both parents are amenable to the modification, it is quite likely the matter will create a contentious set of circumstances.

How long before the wedding do you sign the prenup?

People often think about a prenuptial agreement relatively close to the wedding. One spouse may ask for it a month before the big day, for instance, and then scramble to get it all in place before tying the knot. Will it hold up in court? How soon before the wedding do you have to sign?