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How do I know how long my divorce negotiations will take?

Making the decision to divorce can be challenging. Once you have made that difficult decision, you may not know what to expect. There are many divorce negotiations to resolve including property division, spousal support, child support and child custody concerns. The divorce process can be complicated, but if you know how it works, it may help you to be potentially less anxious about the process. The process can be different each time but a general idea of what to expect can be useful.

Billionaire and his wife cite irreconcilable differences

When it comes to fortunes in the millions of dollars, it can be mind-boggling. But for one California couple married over 30 years, their net worth is counted in billions. Pimco founder and his wife have filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences. The couple has notably made many generous donations to a variety of worthy causes over the years.

Collaborative divorce can provide a more private divorce process

One aspect of divorce that many divorcing couples may not consider is that there is not necessarily a lot of privacy involved in the process. An example involves the ongoing divorce between actors Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. Pitt recently requested that a California judge immediately seal all court records related to the divorce. The judge denied the request. A representative for Pitt noted that the judge declined an emergency hearing but would revisit the issue following the first of the year.

Modifying your child support agreement

A child support agreement determines the way in which child support will be paid. It is determined after negotiations between the parents. The financial situation of the parent paying the child support might change, which is why there are laws in place to modify a child support agreement. The child support agreement may be modified by either party, and the court can increase or decrease it accordingly. The child's requirements may increase with age, which could prompt the custodial parent to ask for an increase in child support.

Understanding how assets are divided in California

The divorce process can potentially have a negative impact on the finances of the divorcing spouses which is why it is important to understand how the property division process works. Property division is an important component of any divorce process which is why it is important for spouses to protect their interests whether divorcing in the Pleasanton area or otherwise. It is also helpful to note that California is a community property state and that assets are divided in half during divorce.

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