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Alimony awards can differ based on marriage-related factors

The length of a marriage is not determinative of whether that union will end in divorce. While it may seem that many new California marriages succumb to the divorce process, later-in-life divorces also occur and pull apart the lives of individuals who have been bound together for decades. A new marriage and a decades-old marriage may look very different in terms of how the partners in those relationships earn money, raise children and carryout many other factors in their lives. Because those differences exist, the family law courts have different ways of evaluating if and how partners in a failing marriage should receive spousal support.

Advantages and disadvantages exist with joint child custody

Earlier this year, this Stockton family law blog examined the benefits and drawbacks of sole custody arrangements of children. In some scenarios, it can serve a child's best interests if only one of his parents is making decisions about his or her upbringing and is only living out of one home. However, other family situations favor joint child custody arrangements. In a joint custody plan, parents can share the decision-making power and physical custody of their kids.

Challenges are not uncommon during a high asset divorce

There is no doubt that California has more than a few residents of exceedingly high wealth. Several of the state's major cities serve as international hubs for industries such as technology and entertainment. With power players and industry leaders living and working within the state, a huge amount of wealth is preserved in the net worth of some of California's residents and couples.

Does child support factor in a custodial parent's income?

There are many ways that a child's custody may be divided in the wake of his or her parents' divorce. In California, a child may share their time between two households or they may spend the majority of their time with one parent and only visit with the other. In situations where a child is in the primary or sole custody of one parent, it is often the case that the custodial parent will receive financial support from the noncustodial parent in order to pay for the expenses required to raise the child.

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