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Things you don't want to do when talking to kids about divorce

If there were a full-proof secret to successful parenting, every parent in California and across the globe would likely want to buy into it. The reality is that not only is there no guarantee that you will navigate your parenting journey without problems arising, there's actually a greater chance that challenge and struggle may be par for the course. Every family has its ups and downs. Certain situations weigh more heavily on the downsides, such as divorce. 

Should Face Time or Skype be written into your parenting plan?

When you decided to divorce, you weren't too thrilled when your soon-to-be former spouse told you about plans involving moving your children to a new location outside California or one that is still in this state but a great distance from where you'll be living. As a good father, you understand the importance of maintaining an active, close relationship with your kids as you all adapt to your new lifestyles and move forward beyond divorce.

Would mediation be a better option than a court custody battle?

You and your soon-to-be former spouse may have agreed that she would stay home with the children while you worked. Now, after years of being the sole source of income for the family, you and your wife decided to end your marriage and you wonder whether you will get enough time with your children.

Monthly alimony payments or lump sum? Which is best for you?

When you filed for divorce in a California court, you logically assumed you would face future financial obligations regarding child support and alimony. You were okay with that and really just want to work out an agreement in the swiftest, most financially feasible manner possible so you could get on with your life. The thing about child support and alimony is, however, that each state has its own guidelines to govern these processes.

Are you willing to share a home with your wife after divorce?

During your marriage, you were always quite content to be the breadwinner while your wife stayed home to take care of your home and your children. After all, you knew from your conversations with California business colleagues how expensive child care outside the home can be, so if there was a way to avoid that expense, you were all for it. When you decided to divorce, however, you immediately faced several decisions you knew you would have to make regarding your children - most urgently, where they would live.

Is a prenuptial agreement only for the wealthy?

Engaged California couples know how exciting it is to plan for the future and look forward to their lives together. However, you would be wise not only to plan for your wedding day, but also for long into the future. One of the ways that you can do this is by drafting a prenuptial agreement.

When is an annulment appropriate?

It is never easy to come to the decision to end your marriage, but you may not know that divorce is not necessarily your only option. In some cases, it may be appropriate to pursue an annulment. Ending a relationship through annulment in California is rather rare, but you may find it beneficial to learn more about this possibility.

Requesting lower payments doesn't mean you don't love your kids

Given the fact that your former spouse was a stay-at-home parent for more than a decade, you no doubt expected that the California court would implement a child support order when you divorced. As a good parent, you obviously want what's best for your kids, and you were more than willing to continue to help provide for their financial needs even though you were no longer married to their other parent.

How a demanding job might affect child custody

Certain professions call for long, hard and irregular hours or extensive travel. Sometimes it is for a short period to get through an important deadline. In other situations, it is ongoing part of the job. Being an entrepreneur, business owner, executive, health care professional, firefighter or in the military can place additional stress on your relationships because the hours do not fit the nine-to-five norm.


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