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Summer break and the divorce process

Parents who are dealing with a divorce may be going through many hurdles, both in their personal lives and their professional lives too. As a parent, bringing a marriage to an end can be very tough, especially in regard to the potential impact the divorce may have on kids. Those who end their marriage during the summer may be especially concerned about this aspect of their divorce since their kids are out of school. There are, however, a number of possible strategies for parents who are worried about this aspect of the divorce process.

Tracking down assets your spouse may hide

If your marriage is coming to an end, it is possible that there were trust issues long before the divorce procedure began. If these issues involved your family finances, you may have reason to feel concerned about how your property division will go. California law says that money and other assets acquired during your marriage belong to both of you, and you have a right to your half during a divorce.

Child support payments and emotional challenges

Those who are dealing with family law matters may have emotional challenges for a myriad of reasons. Sometimes, simply dealing with the divorce process and adjusting to life without a spouse can result in depression, anxiety or other negative emotions. Moreover, those who have kids may be especially prone to suffer from an emotional standpoint during and after their divorce. Financial issues, such as child support obligations, can make someone especially likely to encounter emotional hurdles, which can get in the way of other important aspects of life (such as affecting their performance at work).

Gambling addiction and divorce

Couples make the decision to end their marriage for countless reasons, but the divorce process can be particularly challenging for some people. Those experiencing financial problems may be especially worried about how their divorce will impact their finances, and some people may have other financial concerns outside of their divorce. For example, someone who has a gambling problem may have difficulty paying child support or alimony, and in some cases a gambling problem may even be responsible for the failure of a marriage. Whether you struggle with gambling or you decided to break up with your former partner because of their gambling habit, it is important to be aware of these issues during and after your divorce.

California divorces and pet custody

If you have a dog, cat or another type of pet, you know the special bond that often develops between humans and their animal companions. Many California residents have pets and commonly refer to them as members of their family. Some people who do not have children have even been known to refer to their dogs and cats as their fur babies. Contrary to this, for a long time the law in California seemed to consider pets just pieces of property when a couple got divorced.

Man arguing that preserved embryo is not property

While prenuptial (and even postnuptial) agreements may not seem incredibly romantic or even supportive a marriage's long-term success, more and more people in Stockton may be seeing the logic behind them. Essentially, they can avoid the potential of disputes arising should couple's divorce given that the treatment of their property is clearly spelt out. However, those that do sign them should think long and hard about what they are doing, because once pen has been put to paper to validate such an agreement, challenging its terms can be extremely difficult. 

Divorce and eating disorders

Many people focus on some of the financial repercussions of divorce when they are bringing their marriage to a close, such as the amount of child support that they will receive or pay, or the manner in which their marital property will be divided. Others may focus on the emotional toll of the divorce process, and negative emotions such as depression and anxiety can give rise to other difficulties. For example, some people may develop an eating disorder as a result of their divorce, and it is vital for one to do all they can to prevent these problems, which can make life harder.

Things to consider if you're thinking about divorce

Hundreds, if not thousands, of California residents will get divorced before 2019 ends. If you're among spouses who are thinking about filing, it's a good idea to consider some important issues before you take formal action in court. If you're a parent, then your children's best interests are undoubtedly one of your highest priorities. However, you'll also want to keep your own interests in mind as well, especially those pertaining to finances.

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