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Why do dads need to establish paternity in California?

Going through any split can be difficult. Weathering one when you and your ex share a child and are unmarried can be particularly hard to cope with, especially if you're a dad who hasn't taken time to establish paternity of your son or daughter.

Create a new parenting relationship with your ex

Many decisions come into the picture when you are coming up with a parenting plan. One that might be overlooked is how the two homes will come together to provide stability for your children. This doesn't mean that you have to do everything the same way as your ex. Instead, the focus should be on helping the children with the transition from one home to another.

Hidden assets: Is your spouse trying to gain the upper hand?

California is one of nine states that operate under community property laws in divorce. This means that the judge overseeing your case will assume that your marital assets and liabilities will be split 50/50 between you and your spouse. If you are both on reasonably good terms and you just want to achieve a fair settlement and move on with your lives, there may not be anything to worry about.

Creating a prenup should be done early in the engagement

Prenuptial agreements are important for just about everyone who is getting married, even if they don't have considerable assets going into the marriage. We know that bringing up a prenuptial agreement to your future spouse might be difficult. Just remember not to try to rush into the discussion about this.

How do I end a domestic partnership here in California?

Some people who enter into domestic partnerships do so because they expect it to be much easier to walk away from their partner if they decide to split. What they don't realize is that couples in domestic partnerships often have to go through just as many steps in terminating their relationship as married couples who divorce do.

Start thinking about vacation plans to avoid a last-minute rush

Even though it is still wintertime, now is the best time for parents to think about what they are going to do this summer with the children. If you have a child custody agreement, making plans as early as possible can help ensure that there aren't any conflicts with the schedule. Before you do this, make sure that you take a look at the parenting plan to determine what stipulations are present for vacations.

Take steps to improve your emotional state during divorce

The end of a marriage usually doesn't come as a shock. You have probably been thinking about how the situation has been deteriorating. During this time, you can prepare yourself for the divorce that might be forthcoming. One of the easiest things you can do right now is gather a copy of financial documents that you might need when you go through the property division process. Having these can help prevent your ex from trying to leave assets off the declarations for the divorce.