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Facebook updates catch parents avoiding child support payments

Many California parents use social media tools like Facebook and Twitter. Some do so to keep up with their technologically-savvy kids, while others use it to keep in touch with their own family and social contacts. Different parents have different levels of comfort about what they share, ranging from personal family photos to infrequent and non-existent status update posts.

Divorce mediation used even after marriage ends

Divorce mediation is a useful tool for some California couples who cannot agree on matters related to ending their marriages. While some couples are able to complete their divorces without assistance beyond their attorneys, others require additional support during the difficult process of severing legal relationships. In some cases, that support is even necessary when the couples' disagreements persist after their divorce decrees are filed.

Division of marital debts may not survive death

Many California couples who go through divorce find themselves focused on the tangible and intangible assets they shared with their spouses during the property division phase of their separations. Some forget that in addition to those assets they must also divide their collective liabilities. They may choose to arrange payment of those obligations however they see fit through the division of marital debts portion of their property division agreement.

Divorce mediation may be a good option for many couples

Mediation as part of the divorce process may be an important option to consider. Mediated divorce settlements can cost half as much and take half as much time. It is important to keep in mind that most divorces end in a settlement anyway. The process of arriving at a mediated settlement often involves more negotiation between the parties than between the lawyers which is more the case in the court setting. A mediator is able to provide the parties with the law on various matters so they can take that into account while negotiating potential disputes. One expert has seen ninety percent of mediations end in a settlement

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