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Personal data impacts divorce and family law issues

Identity theft is common these days and can ruin a person's finances, reputation and life. The risks brought by identity theft are not the only reasons why California spouses should protect their personal data. Digital information should be protected from spouses, especially in the event of a divorce and other family law issues, such as child custody and child support disputes.

Trendy prenuptial agreement for social media use

For more and more Americans, Californians included, prenuptial agreements are just part of the process of getting married. This is largely because people are aware that half of all marriages fail and people who did not protect themselves often said they wish they had. The purpose of a prenuptial agreement is to preserve an individual's wealth, property rights and assets in case marriage does not work out. It is not, as many people believe, a lack of commitment to a marriage, only the sober realization that divorce is always a possibility.

Valid prenuptial agreement are harder than many think

Over the last few decades, large numbers of celebrities have been creating prenuptial agreements to financially protect themselves in the event of divorce. Seeing this, many Californians have drafted their own prenups the last few years. Anyone who signs a prenup should note, however, that marital contracts, including prenuptial agreements, are not necessarily air tight and often can be challenged and even declared invalid during divorce proceedings.

Cohabitation contracts now a family law option in California

A bride walking down the aisle to join her soon-to-be husband at the altar is a romantic vision that many Californians have. For some individuals, though, getting married nowadays is far less attractive because of the divorce rate and the financial challenges of having a child. For these reasons, more and more people are deciding to live together without getting married.

How courts determine child custody and visitation rights

Many California parents become understandably anxious if they cannot spend time with their children whenever they want. Unfortunately, this is often the case when parents divorce. The noncustodial parent often has only limited visitation rights because at some point a judge determined that the other parent should be responsible for the child on a day-to-day basis. Unfortunately, not all child custody issues are always clear-cut.

How spouses can prepare for a smoother and quicker divorce

Many Californians are familiar with the challenges that come as a marriage is ending. Beyond the conflicts and anxieties is the need to make decisions about child custody, child support, spousal support and property division. For some spouses, this array of decisions leads them to put off divorce plans until just the right time and just the right circumstances.

Implications of child support modification can be serious

California is a progressive state when it comes to child support issues. Child support modification can be obtained by petitioning family court and is usually obtained by a custodial parent whenever necessary and can include an increase in child support, a decrease in the amount or elimination of existing child support.

Prenuptial agreement -- an instrument for ensuring marital bliss

California has one of the highest divorce rates in the country so the trend toward prenuptial agreements can be relevant to Orange County residents. An increasing number of couples are drawing up a prenuptial before marriage to ensure the bliss of marriage is not clouded by minor to major differences in opinion. A prenuptial agreement is a contract drafted and signed before marriage, which helps protect the marrying couple's individual rights. Such an agreement can be essential in solving issues within the marriage as well as in scenarios were the couple to separate.