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Consider options for the martial home during divorce

One of the biggest decisions you will have to make when you are going through a divorce is whether you want to fight for the marital home or not. While many people just assume that they will battle it out for that residence when the marriage ends, there are some instances in which you might not want to try to keep it.

First, decide if you want to live with the memories in the home. Individuals who have had a bad marriage, such as one filled with abuse, might not want the reminders of what was going on. Your mental health is more important than trying to hang on to a house that isn't going to help you move forward, so don't be worried about bidding adieu to the home and the memories if necessary.

When can I request a modification of spousal support?

Many couples in Orange assume that their spousal support order is final once the California judge signs off on it, but this isn't true though. If there is a significant change in circumstances since it was reviewed by them, then it's possible for a partner or spouse to request a modification. There are various reasons that someone may request for a spousal support order to be changed or ended.

If you're the paying spouse, and you experience a sudden decline in your health or a loss in employment, then you can request a modification right away. If your recipient ex isn't trying to become self-sustaining or has recently taken on a job, then you may request for a judge to terminate their support. You can do this if they've recently remarried as well.

Adjusting to a single-parent household after divorce

Like many parents in California, you likely had many worries weighing on your mind after deciding to divorce. You no doubt had concerns about how your decision might affect your children's lives, although you were hopeful that your kids would successfully adapt to a new lifestyle. Especially if you were married for many years, transitioning into single parenthood can be quite challenging. Divorce often evokes a string of mixed emotions.

In addition to child custody, support and other child-related matters, there are financial implications to consider, including what you're going to do with the house. Any number of legal issues can arise as your household becomes a single-parent household. Knowing where to seek legal guidance support can help make the process less stressful.

Have fun with the kids for summer vacation

The summer is a time when families can enjoy spending time with each other. It is often easier to plan things because most kids don't have to go to school five days per week. For parents who are divorced, the child custody schedule might limit what they can do during these months. One thing that must happen is that you need to adopt a positive attitude so that you are able to make the most of the days you do have with the children.

Your parenting plan is the first place you need to look when you are going to start making plans for the summer. You can review what days you will have the children, and get a reminder of any limitations that you need to follow while you have them. For some parents, this can include geographical restrictions that can cut down on the number of places you can go.

Brittany Spears child support goes up after court ruling

Brittany Spears has two sons, ages 12 and 13. She has not had custody of the boys since 2007 when she lost it to Kevin Federline, the boys' father.

In 2007, Spears attacked the paparazzi and drove a vehicle while her license was suspended with both kids in the car. The icing on the cake came when she did not return the boys to Federline when she was scheduled to.

Ease the transition from married to single life

The end of a marriage is a traumatic time for all parties involved. When you are in this position, you have to think carefully about how you are going to handle things. There is one thing that you need to remember – you are going to feel a range of emotions that you might not expect. Many of these will come up when you experience things that remind you of the marriage. Even if the marriage wasn't the best, you might feel sorrow or upset about the end of the union.

Being prepared for what is going to come isn't always going to be easy. One thing that you can do to ease the transition from married to single life is to set goals for yourself. This gives you a focus when you feel like you are going on a downward spiral. You also need to ensure that you have the support you need. This can come from family members or friends, but remember to only confide in people you can trust.

Don't believe these common prenup myths

A prenuptial agreement is likely not your highest priority when you are planning to marry. It's not very romantic and for some, it may even be a deal-breaker.

However, despite the bad rap prenups have gotten in the past, there are some real benefits to having a prenup in place before you recite your vows.

Put your child's interests first in all matters

Child custody matters are often some of the most contentious things that divorcing parents have to deal with. There are some instances in which the adults might choose to get along for the sake of the children. This is usually the best choice they can make since it benefits the kids and keeps them away from the strife that comes with argumentative situations between adults.

We know that it isn't always easy to get along with your ex. Just because you have children together doesn't make it any easier. What is important in these cases is that you take the time to think about what battles you want to fight. Deciding what you feel is important, you can focus on those matters instead of getting roped into battling about everything.

How do separating couples divide property in California?

California is known as a community property state. For separating couples, this means that any property the couple acquired during their marriage must be split 50-50. In addition, any debts the couple acquired must split equally.

There are a number of things that are considered property. Examples include:

  • House
  • Car
  • Clothing
  • Furniture
  • Stocks
  • Bank accounts
  • Pensions
  • Life insurance
  • Businesses
  • Patents

Spousal support can help stay-at-home spouses during divorce

There are many things that you must do when you are going through a divorce. These include practical matters like deciding where you will live and emotional matters like how you are going to cope with the fallout. Having a plan for handling all these issues is imperative. We are here to help you with the practical matters so that you are able to focus on the emotional aspects.

One of the practical things that isn't often thought about is the financial backing that you might need to start this new life. If you have been a stay-at-home spouse, one of the first things that you may have to focus on is finding a job. This is difficult because you may not have the resume and job history to get the job you want.