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How is the amount of spousal support determined in California?

If you plan to seek spousal support (alimony) in your divorce or your spouse is seeking it, that's obviously something that's on your mind. However, the amount of support generally isn't determined until after you've worked out the division of your assets.

Plan for bringing an older child home during adoption

Adopting a child is a beautiful way to add another member to your family. Even though you are probably uber-excited to do this, you should remember that there are going to be some adjustments that will occur during the transition. For children who are adopted as infants, the transition isn't likely going to be an issue because they don't know any other family. When you adopt a child who is a toddler or older, everyone is going to be making these adjustments.

Supreme Court rules child support counts as income

It is always difficult to transition from a married life with children to the prospect of two single parents managing their children's needs. There are several factors that can make it even harder, like a contentious relationship between the divorcing spouses.

What are the financial implications of a California divorce?

As a parent, you were understandably concerned about how your decision to divorce might affect your kids. Such decisions have a major emotional effect on children. However, the financial implications of divorce are another factor that can affect children's lives. Especially if you're going to be transitioning from a dual-income household to a single-income household, your financial situation might undergo significant changes due to divorce.

Don't let anger overwhelm you in child custody matters

It can be difficult to think about having to communicate with an ex for years while you raise children together. Coming to terms with this reality might help you to see that you can work as a team to help the kids thrive. As you do this, you must ensure that you don't allow your ex or situations to trigger your anger. Being able to stay even keel can greatly benefit the situation.

Money problems and marriage: Can a prenup help?

Elizabeth Holmes recently married the owner of Evans Hotels in a secret ceremony. Some wonder if the marriage was an attempt for Holmes to gain access to money for her legal fees. Holmes is currently facing fraud charges in relation to Theranos, a blood-testing company.

A prenup provides inheritance and business protections

Prenuptial agreements are one document that is often misunderstood. Some people think that they don't need one if they don't have a lot of money. The fact of the matter here is that everyone can benefit from having a prenuptial agreement in place before they get married. You have to try to think ahead when you are trying to determine whether you need one or not.

Do you need to convince a California judge that your ex is unfit?

Many parents have differences of opinion regarding how to raise their children. Maybe one parent likes to let kids stay up late on weekends, but the other parent believes it's more important to be consistent with an earlier bedtime. You and your co-parent might have minor issues that cause friction between you. It's not uncommon, and it's often not impossible to find common ground on which you can build a compromise.

Divorce numbers spike in summer

Summer means the kids are out of school and vacations are planned and taken. It can also be a time of added stress on a marriage. Anytime there is a significant change to your daily routine, it can result in additional stress.

Practicing patience can diffuse contentious co-parenting matters

Trying to make your child custody arrangements work after you go through a divorce can be challenging. You have to figure out which arrangements will work best for your family and how they will impact your children. One attribute that must be present when co-parenting your child is patience. There are going to be some frustrating times ahead as you adjust to parenting your child across two homes.