Custody battles are an unfortunate part of some divorces and family law disputes. Stockton families that are forced to break up due to the dissolutions of the parents' relationships often must face challenging arrangements that pull kids from one household to another in their post-separation lives. These arrangements can pit parents against each other with regard to decisions concerning the children's upbringings. Due to these challenges, some parents look to gain sole custody of their children.
The state of California has established a set of guidelines that courts follow when determining how much child support a parent should be responsible for providing to his or her child. These guidelines delve into the tax statuses, income information, benefits eligibility, saving and retirement planning and other financial assets and liabilities of the parents. Pulling together all of this information can be tricky and in some cases individuals make mistakes when attempting to satisfy the requirements of the child support guidelines.
As the structures of families in California change, so too do the arrangements under which adults work to earn money. In the past it was not uncommon for a family to subsist on a single income; today many families need both adults to work in order to make ends meet. The decisions that a couple make regarding who will work outside of the home and who will attend to domestic responsibilities can affect how alimony decisions are made if the couple later files for divorce.
It is not unusual these days for couples in California to get married later in life. Unlike a couple that marries for the first time in their 20's, when a couple marries for the first time in their 40's, each spouse may have already accrued a significant amount of wealth.