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Proving unfit parenting can be difficult, but it's possible

If you love your child and you want to make sure they are always cared for, then it can be devastating to know that a spouse you feel is a poor parent is going to keep your child 50 percent of the time. While it is important for children to get time with both parents, it's hard to deal with a parent who isn't good for them.

The good news is that you can seek help in reducing how often your ex-spouse sees your child after divorce if you can prove that they are unfit to parent. Proving this is not going to be easy, but it's worth the effort when your child's life could be at stake.

Knowing how to talk to the kids about divorce in California

Hearing the news that their parents have decided to take separate paths in life can affect children in a variety of ways. Parents in California who are going through a divorce may wish to know more about how they can help their children cope with the process. When it comes to divorce, how the kids handle the situation could depend on how their parents talk to them about what is happening to their lives.

The first step to talking to the kids about divorce is to be honest with them about the situation. Since they will likely have questions about what is happening, parents may also find it helpful to keep the lines of communication open and ensure their kids feel they can come to them to discuss the situation. Feeling left in the dark can be harmful to kids and may leave them feeling as though their needs and feelings don't seem to matter.

Is bird nesting a good custody option for you?

Nesting is a unique way to raise a child, but it's not something that will work for everyone. Also known as a "bird's nest" arrangement, nesting after divorce refers to keeping your child in the same home while you and your spouse trade places when you have custody.

In a nesting arrangement, each parent takes turns moving in and out of the house. This isn't always easy, since each parent has to maintain an independent home as well as the primary residence. This can be extremely costly. It also means that the home won't be divided during property-division negotiations. Instead, the parents may opt to divide the marital property after the child is grown.

Divorce: Financial strain can take a toll on a relationship

There are a variety of issues that can put a strain on a relationship and leave a couple in California considering taking separate paths in life. One of the most prevalent of these concerns pertains to financial strain, which can take a heavy toll on a marriage. Similar concerns can also affect each person in the relationship in various ways, which could in turn increase the chances that discussions of divorce may arise.

Dealing with periods of financial unrest can be exceedingly stressful. Similar issues can have a detrimental impact on one's physical and mental well-being. Concerns over money can lead to bouts with depression and mood swings that could spill over into various areas of one's life, which may in turn have a negative impact on one's marriage.

Single-car crash leaves 1 facing drunk driving charges

In the moment it takes to read a text or reach for something in the passenger seat, a motor vehicle can drift off course and travel hundreds of feet in the wrong direction. Once a vehicle veers off the road, panic may set in and leave a driver incapable of making the necessary maneuvers to minimize the fallout. A recent single-vehicle accident in California that left a 36-year-old woman with major injuries has also left her accused of drunk driving.

The accident reportedly took place just after 9 a.m. on a recent Sunday. Initial investigations indicate the woman lost control of her vehicle and veered across the median and off the side of the road. Upon exiting the road, her vehicle reportedly struck a nearby embankment and launched into the air before striking a tree.

Divorce rates may increase after the holiday season

There are a multitude of scenarios in which couples in California may begin to consider parting ways. While a couple may feel a divorce is in the best interests of everyone involved, they might be concerned that the timing may be off, especially during the holiday season. However, once the holidays come to a close, some individuals may wish to begin searching for advice on how best to prepare for the subsequent process.

Studies indicate that divorce rates see a substantial increase at the beginning of each year. While this may occur for a variety of reasons, experts suggest that many couples may wish to remain together through the holidays, especially if they have children together. Parents may worry how the news of divorce will impact the kids during this time, and they may instead seek to try and help them make happy holiday memories before deciding how best to proceed.

Prepare to change your life to afford child support

When you have a child with a former partner, you may be told that you need to pay support, especially if you don't care for your child as often as the other party. As a result, you'll need to make monthly payments to the other parent for the care of your child.

One problem that some people have with child support is that it is sometimes hard to afford it and to continue to live the same lifestyle. For example, you may be ordered to pay $200 a month in support or could be told you have to pay $500. In either case, that extra money going to support could mean you have to change the way you live.

Thoughts to consider prior to making the decision to divorce

Going through the end of a marriage can be challenging, and in some cases, couples in California may be uncertain if it is the best path for everyone involved. With common concerns such as the financial ramifications of divorce and worries about how it might affect the kids, making the decision to dissolve a marriage can be intimidating. However, a person might be able to make more informed decisions about his or her future by asking and answering certain questions.

Those who are considering divorce may benefit from asking themselves how they made it to this point. Some of the factors that may lead a person to wonder if it is the best path could include a breakdown or unwillingness to communicate or high levels of conflict in the relationship. While the answer could be complicated and may consist of a variety of scenarios, it could also help a person achieve clarity on how best to move forward.

Christmas Day crash leaves 1 accused of drunk driving

Being involved in a motor vehicle collision can be a scary experience. Upon getting in an accident, the average person might be uncertain how best to respond, and the stress involved may cause a person to make decisions that are not advisable, such as fleeing the scene. Unfortunately, a recent accident involving similar circumstances in California has left a 19-year-old man accused of drunk driving.

Law enforcement agents say they received reports of the accident early on Christmas morning. Initial investigations indicate the crash took place when the driver of a car ran through a stop light and crashed into a nearby vehicle. The force of the impact caused the second vehicle to overturn, and two of its occupants were rushed to a medical facility for treatment of major injuries.

Bankruptcy: Tips to avoid overspending over the holidays

The holiday season is a time for celebration for many families in California and across the nation. While some families may be content to spend time together, others may wish to provide each of their loved ones with gifts. While purchasing gifts can be a heart-warming endeavor, it can also be financially draining, and those who overspend during the holidays may find themselves in search of the relief provided through bankruptcy.

The holiday shopping season may leave many consumers facing substantial levels of debt. Studies suggest that some families are even left paying down on debts from previous holiday seasons for years to come. To avoid similar concerns, experts indicate that consumers might benefit from forming and sticking to a budget, and if they have already started shopping for the holidays, it might be helpful to account for previous purchases when forming this budget.

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