Many couples decide to stay together for the sake of their children rather than get a divorce. While there has been a lot of research done on the effects of divorce on children, there has been far less on the effects of staying together for the kids.
The end of a marriage is an emotionally charged time. Both adults have to be prepared to deal with many life changes. When you have children, you can't focus only on what you need, as you also have to think about what is best for them. There are many considerations to ponder in these cases.
Researchers have long been aware of how a parents' separation can adversely impact a child's academic success. Earlier this month, researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) published a study describing the kids that divorce affects the most. They determined that divorce seems to impact children from more stable, wealthier families than it does those who were previously struggling.
One of the most difficult things to do during a divorce is determine who is going to get what. Both sides likely want the assets, but neither wants to have to take on the debt. While you might be tempted to try to get as much as you can during the property division process, you have to remember that many assets come at a cost.
If you're reading this, you likely already know that California is a community property state. "Community property" refers to the assets that a couple earned or acquired, either separately or together, during the marriage. There are some exceptions, such as inheritances and gifts that remain separate as long as they don't get commingled with the couple's community property.
Many Americans consider their pets to be a member of their family instead of property. One of the reasons divorcing spouses fight so hard over their furry friends is because they develop an attachment to them. Their dog or cat often does so in return.
People often want to be married, even when they're asking for a divorce. They just do not want to be married to their spouse anymore. That does not mean they don't like the idea of marriage or that they don't want that in the future.
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.
Many things can ruin a relationship and lead to divorce. Different couples face different challenges. Every case has its own unique factors to take into account.
As we move into 2019, it is important to understand how divorce laws are going to change moving forward. One of the biggest changes involves alimony and taxes. The impact on your financial situation could be dramatic.