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September 2018 Archives

Easing a California divorce with a prenuptial agreement

When people in California and across the country make the decision to say "I do," they likely think the most important decisions facing them is what wedding dress to wear and what food to serve at the reception. However, some couples choose to think more long-term, including how assets and debts will be divided in the event of a divorce. These couples often choose to create a prenuptial agreement.

Dividing retirement assets in a divorce

During different stages of life, couples in California have different focuses. The same is likely true for couples who are going through divorce. For example, couples with small children may be more concerned about child custody and support while older couples may be more concerned about asset division. Those in the latter group may not fully understand the unique aspects of certain assets. In fact, some assets, such as retirement accounts, require special consideration to ensure an equitable distribution and to avoid costly penalties.

Divorce and community property in California

Most couples agonize over the decision of whether to end their marriage. While the decision to divorce may be a difficult one to make, most who choose to do so would admit that it is in the best interest of all involved. However, once the couple ultimately decides to take legal action, there are multiple other decisions that must be made. For many couples in California, this includes determining what is community property.

California parents and child support

While many families are considered "traditional" in California, there are many families that have a different composition than two parents and their children living happily together. In fact, approximately 25 percent of children are born to parents who are not married and a significant number of marriages end in divorce. In these cases, child support must be determined.