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Couples' options for unsettled issues during divorce mediation

It is not uncommon for Stockton couples to come to mutual understandings that the ends of their marriages have arrived. Though some partnerships truly last until one member of the relationship passes away, others decide that the lives they once lived have sufficiently changed to warrant ending their legal bonds. Divorce mediation is often a good option for partners whose marriages end in non-hostile, non-confrontational ways.

Make good financial decisions before a California divorce

Whether a reader of this California family law blog earns a large income or a modest one, he will want to make smart decisions about his finances before, during and after divorce. Divorce can force a person to divide his wealth with his spouse and, in some cases, pay his ex-partner support for a number of years. While every divorce situation is different and can result in different property division and spousal support outcomes, there are several smart considerations a person can make before he ever signs his divorce paperwork.

What is supervised visitation?

When the parents of a child go through a divorce they often must establish the rules governing each parent's time with their child. Family law courts throughout California can help parents establish these rules and may even issue orders related to custody matters. As prior blog posts on this site have mentioned, child custody may encompass the legal and physical control of a child. An important part of physical custody is visitation for non-custodial parents and visitation may be mandated and ordered in a child custody case.

Choose divorce mediation for control over your separation

When Stockton couples decide to divorce they may experience some unpleasant byproducts of the legal process. First, they can find themselves at the mercy of the courts and struggling to have their divorce legal matters heard in what they feel is a timely fashion. Second, they may feel frustration over the many unknown outcomes over which they have no control due to the courts' power to adjudicate litigated divorces.

What are permissible uses of child support payments?

Child support may be a confusing concept for noncustodial and custodial parents alike. All across California, including right here in Stockton, parents are receiving and sending money to and from their former partners for the support and maintenance of their shared children. Although many parents are responsible with regard to how child support payments can and should be used, some parents may intentionally or accidentally misuse the funds intended for their kids.

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