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Factors to consider concerning child support during a divorce

After making the decision to end a marriage, parents in California and elsewhere may wish to take every possible measure to ensure their children receive the necessary financial support. Unfortunately, matters pertaining to child support can be some of the most hotly-contested topics in divorce. Those who are preparing to enter negotiations may find it helpful to keep certain factors in mind concerning child support, as understanding these factors could prove vital.

When it comes to child support, experts suggest that understanding the scenarios in which the agreement can be modified could prove essential. Each party's income will likely play a factor in the initial determination of child support payments, and as such, a change in circumstances such as a loss of employment could prompt a need for modification. Alternatively, one may also be able to pursue changes to the original arrangement if the other party experiences a substantial increase in income or receives a sizable inheritance.

Crash leaves 1 facing drunk driving charges in California

A recent incident in which a vehicle crashed into the side of a home in California has reportedly left a 23-year-old woman accused of driving under the influence. A conviction for drunk driving carries severe consequences and those who face similar charges may wish to prepare for what comes next by focusing on their defense. However, without the necessary legal knowledge, the process can be stressful and complex.

According to reports, the incident took place at around 8 p.m. on a recent Wednesday when law enforcement agents say they spotted a driver operating a vehicle without the use of headlights. After attempting to initiate a traffic stop, they claim the driver slowed down momentarily before fleeing the scene at a high rate of speed. Police say they were able to locate the vehicle shortly thereafter and assert that it had crashed into the side of a nearby home.

Financial questions to ask yourself before filing for divorce

Many people decide to pursue a divorce for emotional reasons: Perhaps they want more freedom to live independently, they feel unhappy with their partner or they want to start a relationship with someone else. But many spouses who are considering divorce fail to look thoroughly into the financial implications of their actions. Of course, material possessions cannot bring happiness like relationships can. But your finances can affect your quality of life and choices. Therefore, they should not be ignored.

A divorce can have the potential to have a positive or negative effect on your financial situation. But those who have a positive divorce outcome tend to have planned thoroughly before taking action. The following are some questions to ask yourself before proceeding with a divorce in Santa Rosa.

Bankruptcy: Debt is the No. 1 use for tax refunds

Some individuals in California and across the nation may be planning to use their recent tax refunds to take a long overdue vacation or purchase an item that has been on their wish list for months. However, others may have alternate plans for their refund, such as using it to catch up on financial obligations. Those who feel that their refunds may do little to solve their existing monetary woes could benefit from exploring the relief provided through outlets such as bankruptcy, but they may have reservations about the process.

After receiving their tax returns, some individuals may plan to use this windfall to pay for a big ticket item or build up savings. However, recent studies suggest that as many as 30 percent of consumers reportedly plan to use their refund to pay down on debts. This percentage also fluctuates depending on the age group, as nearly 40 percent of younger Americans will use tax refunds for relief, while only 20 percent of those approaching retirement share a similar goal.

Options for business owners during divorce

Most couples in California and elsewhere may enter their marriages with every intention of remaining together throughout life. However, this isn't always the case, and upon making the decision to divorce, many may wonder how best to go about preparing for the subsequent process. One topic that many consider it vital to prepare for pertains to the division of assets, and for business owners, knowing the available options prior to entering property division negotiations could prove imperative.

There are a variety of factors for business owners to consider when preparing for divorce, some of which may depend on the variables present. For instance, if there is an existing prenuptial or postnuptial agreement, the document may dictate how the process will go. These agreements may provide guidelines as to how the business is valued or how it will be divided, but even without such an arrangement in place, business owners may still have options.

Bus driver accused of drunk driving in California

When most people think of DUI charges, they may immediately associate the incident with the presence of alcohol. However, there are other factors that can affect a person's ability to operate a motor vehicle, such as the influence of prescription medications. A bus driver is currently facing drunk driving charges in California after crashing the vehicle into a guardrail with passengers on board.

Law enforcement agents advised that incident took place on a recent Sunday morning. Initial investigations suggest that the driver of a Greyhound bus suddenly lost control of the vehicle and slammed into a nearby guardrail. Police assert that there were as many as 35 passengers on the bus at the time, one of whom was transported to a medical facility for treatment of unspecified injuries.

Knowing where to look for hidden assets during divorce

When facing the end of a marriage, many individuals in California and across the nation may consider it vital to take steps to protect their financial futures. However, divorce can be a complex process and being able to identify and value all marital assets can be challenging, especially if one party is attempting to hide assets from the other. Those who wish to prevent a similar scenario from affecting the outcome of their divorce could benefit from seeking guidance on how to uncover hidden assets.

Experts suggest that there are a variety of ways in which a person may attempt to hide assets during divorce. In some cases, a person may simply attempt to deny that they exist or claim that he or she is no longer in possession of said assets. Experts also advise that some may even attempt to keep assets out of divorce proceedings by transferring ownership to another party.

Acting out: Children's behavior problems after divorce

After a divorce, there is a potential for a child to start acting out. Sometimes, they do this as a way to express their emotions. Other times, they do it to try to hurt their parents. In any case, it's important to get to the bottom of the behaviors and work through the trauma that has caused your child's attitude to change.

Children develop differently, and some won't be as mature as others. Depending on their age, they may not yet be old enough to have experienced situations requiring them to become more mature, or to develop empathy or other emotional supports.

Bankruptcy: Using a personal loan to pay off debts

Many families in California and across the nation have experienced the hardships of dealing with substantial amounts of debt. Similar concerns can have a disastrous impact on one's life and may leave a person scrambling through options for relief. While many could be eligible to pursue relief through outlets such as bankruptcy, studies indicate that some may instead choose to seek aid through personal loans.

Recent studies suggest that many individuals have taken to applying for personal loans for assistance in paying down on other high-risk debts. According to studies, more than 60 percent of loan applicants over recent years intend to use this line of credit to pay down on other forms of debt. Studies also indicate that the average balance for those who take out a loan for relief comes in at just over $14,000.

Knowing the issues that may lead to divorce later in life

There are a multitude of issues that could leave older couples in California or elsewhere wondering if parting ways is the healthiest path. Some of the concerns these couples encounter may be unique to this particular age group. Although studies indicate that the overall divorce rate across the nation is on the decline, experts assert that the divorce rate among couples over the age of 50 is constantly on the rise.

Although perhaps the case in previous years, studies suggest that the social stigma associated with divorce may now have less of an impact on one's decisions. In addition, longer life expectancies and easier access to health care could also have a substantial influence on a person's outlook on the prospect of taking separate paths later in life. As such, many individuals may feel less apprehensive about considering divorce as an option.

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