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Most separations lead to divorce

Although divorce may be more common these days, many California couples are opting to try out a separation first in many cases. Separations are quite common. In fact, some sources say that it is more common for a couple to go through a separation first than it is for couples to immediately divorce. This could mean that if you and your spouse are considering a separation, it may not hurt to be prepared for ending the relationship in a divorce.

What you can do to prepare for divorce in California

In about half of the marriages in the country, the time comes when one or both spouses start thinking about getting a divorce. Often, there are signs that a marriage may have run its course. When a person believes that his or her marriage is headed for dissolution, there are some steps that can be taken right away to ensure that a person is protected in a divorce.

Should you consider a prenuptial agreement?

The concept of a prenuptial agreement may still make some couples cringe. They may feel as though these agreements are unromantic and they do not want to think about a divorce before they are even married. With nearly 50 percent of all marriages ending in a divorce, however, couples are starting to recognize how beneficial and necessary these contracts can actually be. So, should you consider a prenuptial agreement?

Getting over a divorce doesn't happen over night

Working through a divorce may be one of the most challenging things a person can do. Property and assets are divided, custody of children may be split up and support payments are determined. The emotional toll that a divorce can take on a person can be significant as well. It is always important to remember that ending a marriage is difficult for many people. Sometimes, it can be easy to forget that recovering from a divorce in California can take some time.

Heidi Klum and Seal: Separation leads to divorce

Rumors and speculation have swirled since celebrity super couple Heidi Klum and Seal announced they were separating. At the time, they clarified that there was no divorce filed and they simply needed to explore their own individual lives. However, in the dissolution of a marriage a separation period often leads to a divorce, as was the case for Klum and her husband. Couples all across Orange County may sympathize with the former couple's difficult decision.

Getting divorced? Take steps to secure your financial future

When going through a divorce, many important decisions must be made quickly. Sorting out living arrangements, child custody matters and who gets to keep the family dog are all difficult and emotionally-charged decisions that must be agreed upon. Unfortunately, many couples get bogged down in the emotional turmoil of divorce and often fail to realize the important impact of making key financial decisions quickly.

Finding love later in life raises unique issues

When a couple decides to get married, it's reason for happiness and celebration. While young couples in their twenties and thirties typically don't think must about the potential financial implications associated with marriage, those later on in life definitely should.

Dennis Rodman fails to pay alimony and child support

During a divorce settlement, judges will often set alimony and child support amounts based on a parent's current and projected earning potential. Failure to pay court-mandated spousal and child support are serious offenses that can result in jail time. This is exactly the predicament that former National Basketball Association star Dennis Rodman now finds himself in.

Co-habitation agreements increase among non-married couples

In years past when couples divorced, procedures related to legal remedies and child custody, property division and asset allocation, while not without their complications, were still defined. Today, however, with a growing number of Americans, and California residents, choosing not marry the lines between who's entitled to what are blurred.

Parents who smoke risk losing child custody

While the ill effects of smoking are well documented, it appears that for smokers dealing with child custody matters there is another major drawback. Many states, like California, now take whether a parent smokes or not into consideration when determining child custody and visitation matters.