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Divorce: Helping the kids pursue a college degree

For parents in California or elsewhere, few things may be as important as protecting the future of the kids. While some parents might spend years putting away money to help their children pursue a college education, this can be an expensive endeavor. In addition, a change in circumstances could also disrupt a parent's ability to save, and those who are going through a divorce may wish to know how they can protect their child's opportunities for higher education.

It is no secret that the end of a marriage could have a significant impact on a person's finances. Transitioning into two separate households may inherently lead to an increase in monetary obligations. However, while this might prompt a need to re-evaluate plans concerning college, it doesn't necessarily mean that helping a child pursue a college education is out of the question.

Family law: Addressing summer breaks during negotiations

After making the decision to end a marriage, parents in California may consider it essential to provide the kids with a certain level of stability. During child custody negotiations, parents may seek to reach a schedule that accounts for the everyday needs of the kids. However, since their needs may be subject to change at times, a parent could find it helpful to speak with a family law attorney for advice on how to handle scenarios such as summer vacations.

While school is still in session, parents may have a scheduled routine that covers the daily requirements such as transportation and living arrangements. However, once summer comes around, children may have more free time on their hands, and their scheduling needs could change substantially. To reduce the likelihood of disagreements and conflict, parents may find it beneficial to address these scenarios while forming the initial parenting plan.

Bankruptcy: The potential downsides of settling debts

Constantly dealing with high amounts of debt can be a substantial burden. Individuals in California who experience the challenges of debt may suffer in a variety of ways, and without experience in such matters, they may be uncertain how best to approach the situation. While there are numerous outlets to assist with monetary hardships, those who are considering debt settlement might find it advisable to proceed with caution, as bankruptcy could prove to be a healthier financial solution.

When financial concerns persist for extended periods, a person may seek to negotiate a reduction in monthly payments through a debt settlement company. However, this process is rarely instant, and a person may be asked to cease payments while negotiations are underway. Unfortunately, this does little to stop interest and late fees from causing balances to increase.

Will you need to pay off your ex's debts in a divorce?

Getting divorced is often a source of major stress and uncertainty for everyone involved. Some families have valid prenuptial agreements that will guide the division of assets. The majority, however, will have to decide at the time of their separation how to split things up. If you can't find a mutually agreeable compromise with your spouse, that will probably mean heading to court to determine who gets what in your divorce.

You and your spouse will both have to wait for the courts to decide on the terms for property division in your divorce. It's important that you realize, however, that your possessions or assets as well as your debts will all be subject to division.

Knowing which actions to avoid during divorce in California

When facing the end of a marriage, many individuals in California and elsewhere may have some concern about how their financial futures will be affected in the process. Since this is an essential part of life for many, forming a strategy to protect one's finances could prove vital. While planning for this aspect of divorce could be crucial, a person may also find that speaking with a family law attorney for advice on actions to avoid could also prove invaluable.

While forming a strategy for the financial side of divorce, one might enter the process with a certain set of expectations. However, one may find it advisable to avoid setting unrealistic expectations, as this may only add to the stress of the situation. With a great deal on the line, it might not be uncommon for emotions to run hot during divorce, but letting one's emotions drive his or her decisions could also prove detrimental to the outcome of the process.

Summer vacation months can create strain on your parenting plan

Every family is inherently unique, which means that every divorce and custody situation is also unique. This is why courts spend a lot of time carefully considering your family's situation when establishing the terms of a parenting plan and custody arrangements during a divorce. The intention is to create a solution that works for everyone in the family, while focusing on the best needs of the children.

However, it is common for families to experience issues with a parenting plan after it's in place. Changes in life circumstances, interpersonal issues and even a sudden illness can wreak havoc on the way you manage custody, visitation and parenting time. Despite the best efforts of the courts, summer vacation is often a source of stress and problems for recently divorced parents.

The difference between community and separate property in divorce

Regardless of the level of wealth a couple possesses, dissolving a marriage can be a complex process. In community property states, such as California, all marital assets must be divided evenly between spouses. However, certain assets might not be deemed as marital property during divorce, and knowing the difference between community and separate property could prove essential to preparing a person for what comes next.

In California, all assets that are obtained over the course of a marriage are considered community property. This can include anything from incomes earned by either spouse to assets and property purchased with marital income. Any debts that are accrued by either spouse during a marriage may also be deemed community property, and will thus be divided evenly among spouses during divorce proceedings.

Incident in parking lot leads to DUI charges for 1

A California man has recently been accused of driving under the influence in relation to his alleged involvement in an incident that is said to have taken place in the parking lot of a local shopping center. In addition to felony DUI charges, he also stands accused of assault. Those who face similar charges could choose to prepare for upcoming legal proceedings by seeking guidance from a defense attorney.

According to police, witnesses claim the man was spotted harassing minors in the parking lot of a store. After getting into his vehicle, the man allegedly drove toward two individuals at a high rate of speed, nearly striking them in the process. Upon arriving at the location, authorities claim the man fled the scene and led them on a short pursuit before crashing his car into another vehicle on a nearby highway.

Divorce could prompt a need for a variety of changes

Many couples in California and elsewhere enter a marriage with the intent of remaining together for the rest of their lives. Some may give little thought as to what might happen should the relationship come to an end. For those who are facing divorce, change may be inevitable, and knowing what types of changes could be necessary might play a vital role in entering a new chapter in life.

Upon entering a marriage, a person may choose to take on the last name of the other party. Should a couple decide to part ways, one might wish to change back to his or her previous last name. While this can be an emotional step, it can also be complex, as a change in last name could prompt a need to update one's banking and credit account information, as well as a variety of other documents.

Family law: Pursuing modifications to a child custody agreement

During divorce, parents in California and elsewhere may find it essential to reach a child custody agreement that is centered on meeting the needs of their children. However, circumstances can change over time, and certain changes could prompt a need to revisit the original parenting plan and make adjustments where necessary. Since the process can be complex, a parent may find it beneficial to speak with a family law attorney for guidance on how to pursue the necessary modifications.

Perhaps one of the most common reasons to pursue changes to a parenting plan is a need to relocate. If two parents cannot reach an agreement concerning the proposed changes, the court will consider a variety of variables when determining if modifications are needed. These can include the reason behind the relocation, how it will affect the current parenting plan, and how it might impact the life of the kids.

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