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Sleep problems during the divorce process

From financial issues associated with property division and child support to the amount of time that may need to be devoted to working through a divorce, ending your marriage can bring on a number of challenges. For some people, this may lead to sleep problems, while others may have an especially hard time during the divorce process as a result of an existing sleep disorder. It is very important for people to do everything they can to pursue a favorable outcome during their divorce, especially if critical issues such as a custody dispute are at play. Not only does this include lowering stress levels and staying focused but getting a sufficient amount of sleep is also very important.

How do I tell people about my divorce?

If you and your spouse have decided to get a divorce, at some point you will need to break this news to your friends and family members. You will also end up having to tell other people who you may not be as close to like your co-workers, neighbors, teachers at your children's school or others. Figuring out how to do this may not always be easy. As recommended by Psychology Today, it is worth your time and effort to think carefully about what you say and when you say it.

Planning for your child's educational future after divorce

Perhaps the most visible effect that divorce has on your life is the change to your financial makeup. If you were previously sharing a bank account with your spouse and shared assets, retirement benefits and other financial obligations, it could be overwhelming to resume independent responsibility of so many aspects in such a short period of time. At Dianne Drew Butler & Associates, Inc., we are experienced in providing support and guidance to individuals going through a divorce in California. 

Divorce and job-related considerations

People often think of how divorce could impact their relationship with their children or their finances. These are definitely important issues to review if you are planning on ending your marriage, but it is important to consider some of the other reasons why divorce could change your life. For example, you may experience job-related changes in a number of ways, whether your performance at work suffers because of your divorce or you even notice positive changes following the end of your marriage.

Will adultery affect divorce in California?

California is a no-fault divorce state, meaning the family court judge is not allowed to consider fault when making major determinations regarding property, custody and other divorce issues. However, just because California is not a fault divorce state does not mean that adultery will not affect your California divorce. A People's Choice outlines when adultery may or may not change the outcome of your separation.

Assessing how changes to tax law will affect upcoming divorces

When couples in California decide to pursue divorce as an option for resolving marital conflict assuredly, they are faced with a difficult road to recovering, maintaining and planning their financial future. In serious cases where couples are unable to reach any amicable negotiations, each person may be at a critical disadvantage in being able to maintain their financial stability. 

How will the new tax law complicate your divorce?

If you and your spouse plan to divorce in 2019, you may be in for a rude awakening. According to CNBC, the new tax law, which Congress has set to take effect at the first of the year, will change who pays alimony on spousal support. Though lawmakers anticipate that all divorcing parties will feel the financial burden imposed by this new law, it is those in high-tax states such as California and New York that will take the greatest hit.

How does divorce affect an estate plan?

If you are one of the many people in California who is facing an impending divorce or who may even be in the midst of a divorce right now, you know all too well just how many details there are for you to address during this process. It can be easy to feel overwhelmed by what are the most pressing issues at the moment, such as whether or not you will sell your house, which spouse might keep the pets or how you will divide your retirement accounts. However, in addition to these things, you should also pay attention to other matters involving your estate planning.

Should you keep records of your alimony payments?

If you live in California and either receive alimony or pay alimony, you should be keeping records of payments for tax purposes. Unfortunately, many divorced individuals are unaware of their alimony recordkeeping obligations and are often the subject of IRS scrutiny. You can avoid scrutiny by educating yourself on what documentation is and is not worth keeping. 

Ground for divorce in California

You have probably heard through advertising or news stories that California is a "no-fault" state when it comes to divorce. It is for this very reason why so many that we here at Dianne Drew Butler & Associates, Inc. work with in Stockton express surprise when asked what their grounds for divorce are. At first glance, you too might also question why you need to cite grounds for divorce in a no-fault scenario. However, a quick explanation as to how these two concepts fit together might clear up your confusion. 

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