Divorces for California couples do not have to be acrimonious. In fact, prior posts on this family law legal blog have discussed the benefits of divorcing in a mediated process. When couples can work together and agree on the support, custody, and property division matters related to their separation, such two-way procedures can be healthy ways to end their marriage.
California courts may award spousal support when couples go through divorce. Like orders for child support, spousal support orders must be fulfilled as they are mandated by courts of law. When individuals fail to pay their exes pursuant to court orders, spouses expecting support checks may find themselves facing tough financial times.
California is a great place to live though some people lament the relatively high prices residents must endure for such necessities as groceries and gasoline. Compared to other parts of the country several markets in the state regularly fall onto national lists of the priciest places to make a home. A recent study by the Bureau of Labor Statistics suggests that costs are going up for people all over the country, including those residents here in Stockton.
Many California residents are likely pretty happy that tax season is over. While some people receive a refund, others may have had to pay taxes to the federal government or to the state. Following tax season, it can be easy for people to forget about taxes completely. However, when California residents are in the process of getting a divorce, they need to carefully consider the tax implications of the decisions they make during the process.
Alimony can be a sore subject for many California residents. Alimony is the payment from one former spouse to the other following a divorce. These payments are meant to allow an ex-spouse to continue to receive financial support following a divorce. It's often awarded when one spouse has sacrificed a career to raise children or take care of the family home. However, it can be awarded in other situations as well.
Although a household might be dual income, it's common for family members to only use one spouse's employer-provided health insurance benefits. There might be economies of scale or other cost-saving benefits to claim multiple family members, instead of each spouse carrying separate insurance policies.