Many people in the Bay Area have to pay child support, and are usually perfectly glad to do so. After all, the child support a parent pays is supposed to be for the benefit of a parent's beloved children for whom they want to provide.
A previous post on this blog talked about the role a guardian ad litem plays in California child custody case. To review, the guardian ad litem serves as a child's advocate during the course of a court proceeding and is there to make sure the child's voice gets heard during the case.
Couples in the Bay Area have an alternative other than divorce should they decide that they need to live in separate households. Specifically, California couples can get legal separations from each other.
A previous post on this blog discussed how a couple can create a prenuptial agreement that will be recognized as valid and enforceable under California law. As that post stated, one of the important things each person who is signing the agreement needs to remember is that both parties really need to be represented by their own attorney when negotiating a prenuptial agreement.
Like other states, California law expressly allows a couple, as long as certain conditions are met, to make an enforceable agreement before they get married spelling out how their property will be divided or disposed of when their marriage ends. While these prenuptial agreements are helpful in the event the couple later divorces, they also serve other purposes, including some related to estate planning.
Divorce-related issues like child custody, property division and alimony have a tremendous impact on our families and emotional well-being. As such, disputes involving these matters often become bitter and contentious.
Previous posts have discussed what happens when a parent has to move with his or her child after a judge has entered a custody or parenting time order. Especially since moving is a fact of life for many people, it may still be helpful for parents in the San Francisco area to be aware of California's requirements in these sorts of situations. Knowing the rules can help prevent or at least head off many post-divorce disputes and other time-consuming and stressful family law issues.
Sometimes people in California might say after a divorce that they have separated. However, from a legal standpoint, a divorce and a legal separation are two different things, each accomplishing its own purpose.
Although it is not easy to ask for or file for a divorce, it certainly is not easy to share the news with your children. Married Parents in California do not often think about what life would be like for everyone if the marriage ends; therefore, it is very new territory for families going through the divorce process.
Spouses tend to take a big sigh of relief once their divorce is finalized. Because a failing marriage and a subsequent divorce can be emotionally and mentally challenging, newly divorced spouses in California and elsewhere seek to move forward, believing that their divorce decree is suitable and will remain intact for years to come. However, the unfortunate reality is that no divorce settlement is perfect, and divorced couples will likely need to revisit them at some point post-divorce.