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New California law changes pet treatment during divorce

There is no doubt that in many homes in California, pets are viewed as beloved family members rather than simply as animals who need care. Unfortunately, when couples choose to divorce, they may have difficulty deciding what will happen to any pets. However, a new state law recently signed by Gov. Jerry Brown will give judges some discretion regarding the treatment of an animal.

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.

Divorce mediation process may especially impact women

Getting divorced can be challenging for both men and women when it comes to their finances. However, according to researchers, it can be particularly problematic for women. Here is a peek at how women can take care of themselves financially when going through divorce mediation in San Francisco.

Prenuptial agreement may make divorce mediation even easier

When people are ready to walk down the aisle, a marital breakup is usually the last thing on their minds. However, research shows that almost 50 percent of U.S. marriages end in divorce, so divorce is a real possibility for many soon-to-be married couples. Developing a premarital agreement, though, can make the divorce process easier, whether or not a couple decides to go through a process such as divorce mediation in San Francisco.

Divorce mediation may help address debt division

Going through a marital breakup is tough both emotionally and financially. However, a particular aspect of divorce that can be difficult to address -- even if both spouses are willing to go through divorce mediation -- is the division of debt. Here are a few steps that a divorcing spouse can take to protect himself or herself during debt division in San Francisco.

Those going through divorce mediation may not be retirement ready

The dissolution of a marriage in San Francisco can create major financial and emotional challenges short term. However, it can also have long-term effects, especially when it comes to retirement. The sad reality is that, whether divorcing couples go through divorce mediation or litigation, the process can prevent them from being ready for retirement.

Divorce mediation and arbitration generally faster than trial

Getting divorced is one of the most challenging experiences a person may have. Naturally, divorcing individuals in San Francisco would like the marital breakup process to go as quickly as possible. Here is a look at how long the divorce process may last for those pursuing divorce mediation, arbitration or traditional litigation.

Financial organization essential during divorce mediation, trial

When the dissolution of a marriage is unavoidable, becoming frantic and uptight about one's financial future is natural. However, the more organized a divorcing spouse is from the start, the easier the divorce process will be whether one decides to go through divorce mediation or litigation. Here are a couple of tips for making the transition to single living easier in San Francisco.