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California family law attorneys suggest innovative solutions

In a divorce case in California, or anywhere else in the United States, children frequently suffer more than anyone. The situation becomes very difficult when the parents get involved in a long, drawn-out battle involving child support and child custody. Many California residents may be aware that there are two types of child custody -- physical custody and legal custody.

Wife states husband's age as reason for high-asset divorce

As many California residents might know, a divorce typically provides life-changing implications for a couple. Two people who were once living in close proximity are now separated with lasting, sometimes, detrimental, effects to each partner's financial situation. For instance, if a divorce involves children, then issues involving child support and visitation must be settled. Alimony or spousal support is also another financial issue to be decided with a deeper impact if this financial determination involves a high-profile couple with high marital assets.

What do federal child-support enforcement laws cover?

For the vast majority of divorces involving minor children, child support from the noncustodial parent is necessary to cover the expenses of raising a child, including education, health care and various everyday expenses. Too many custodial parents across the country, including many in California, face financial difficulties when court-ordered child support payments are not made on time. To address this concern and to bolster state efforts to ensure support collection, federal laws address the most serious cases of nonpayment.

How to keep individual property separate in California

Some residents of Oakland, California, may be unaware that California divorce law designates it a community property state and in the event of a divorce, assets are distributed equitably between the couple. In a community property state, all assets acquired during the marriage are considered marital property and are equitably distributed.

A lawyer's advice can prove invaluable during divorce mediation

Visitors to this website might recall a previous post that discussed the lower costs of collaborative divorce compared with the more traditional contested divorce that must be litigated. The blog post also noted that the high costs of contested divorce keep many couples in unpleasant marriages. This phenomenon is true throughout California and many other states.

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