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Chris Pratt and Anna Faris file divorce, claim mutual respect

Celebrity divorces in California are always interesting, at least for those who admit to being inveterate star-gazers. Usually, there are at least one or two general principles of family law to be gleaned from a celebrity divorce. Recently, the most reported breakup is that of Chris Pratt and Anna Faris.

Pratt is the star of "Guardians of the Galaxy" and Faris headlines "Mom," a weekly network sitcom. The couple, who have been married for eight years, announced their divorce filing on Dec. 1. Pratt filed the divorce documents in which he alleged irreconcilable differences. He requested joint child custody of the couple's 5-year-old son.

Some steps to take after a divorce settlement has been achieved

In California there are some financial advisors who are trained and specialize in assisting women after a divorce. Some women may appreciate and benefit from that kind of specialized assistance. Some of the things that must be looked after in the aftermath of a divorce are pretty obvious, while others may not come to mind that readily. And, just to be clear, there is no reason why some men will not choose to seek out similar expert assistance.

An advisor can assist the post-divorce client with making a new budget going forward. This may include setting up automatic mechanisms for the payment of important bills and a program to improve one's credit rating. The advisor will assist in making investments and constructing an investment strategy for the future and, in particular, for retirement.

Child custody and visitation thrive on cool-headed cooperation

During the immediate aftermath of a marital separation, some California parents may encounter problems regarding child custody and visitation. This period often represents a gap where no rules have been yet established. Without a court order on child custody and visitation, actions by a parent cannot be effectively curtailed or stopped. Trying to erase and reverse rash actions by one parent regarding custody or visitation issues can be nearly impossible in that early period.

That is one reason why consulting with one's family law attorney prior to the separation can be a substantial benefit to the perspicacious parent who thinks to do it. It is often possible to head off various types of crises by filing custody and visitation papers that are timed at or about the time of the intended separation. A court order setting a date for a hearing pretty much protects both parents from rash behavior by either one.

Avoid 3 emotional pitfalls on social media during your divorce

Everyone makes mistakes. It is a fact of life, but in some situations, social media seems to make them worse.

This can be the case in divorce, when someone who is splitting up uses Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and the like for reasons that hinder emotional well-being. Here is a look at common blunders you should avoid.

Celebrity child custody dispute is ended by Court Order

Child custody cases in California and elsewhere are challenging matters for the family law attorney. Such cases in the state reflect a wide variety of facts and circumstances. Child custody disputes between celebrity parents are possibly more prevalent in this state than anywhere else.

Celebrity parents usually run into the same typical legal issues that come up in most custody cases. A recent dispute may illustrate the point. The court battle between Tyrese Gibson, a cast member of the "Fast and Furious" movie franchise, and his ex-wife Norma Mitchell over custody of their minor daughter was recently ended by order of the presiding judge. The court dismissed a restraining order against Gibson and ordered a resumption of the parents' prior 50-50 custody arrangement.

Physician's divorce entails valuation of the medical practice

The divorce of a medical doctor in California is likely to deal with some common financial issues. The most critical of those issues will be placing a value on the doctor's practice for purposes of property division. Divorce negotiations involving a successful medical professional will often involve the use of an expert forensic accountant. Many of the same considerations will generally apply to the determining the value of other professional practices.

The expert will be brought into the case by the party's attorney. This will initially be done to get an early working assessment of the value of the practice. Later, if the case is not settled amicably, that expert will be a primary witness testifying at trial.

Divorce negotiations must resolve debt as well as asset division

When negotiating a marital property settlement in California, it is important to remember that debt owed by the spouses jointly must be resolved as part of the agreement. If that is not done, troubles with debt can crop up long after the divorce has been entered and finalized. For example, some credit cards may have started out as the debt of one of the parties only.

However, after years of mutual use, the card may have taken on both names as borrowers. The other spouse's signature may also be entered on many or most of the purchases, making it problematic whether he or she is obligated. In addition, sometimes a spouse is asked to co-sign on a loan for the other spouse's use. If the matter is not resolved during divorce negotiations, the co-signing spouse may end up with the tab years down the line.

4 common types of construction defects

A construction defect can range from architectural flaws to construction deficiencies. Whether these problems arise from a faulty product or how something is installed, maintained or operated, they can be frustrating. 

Construction defects can sometimes result in immediate damage, but other times it may take years. When accusations of such defects arise, it is crucial to understand how failures and deficiencies occur to identify liable parties. Here are some of the most common construction defects. 

Schwarzennegger's divorce stalled over property division

After years of marriage, couples in California often do not realize the extent that their lives have been intertwined. Because of the love at the start of a relationship, many couples do not anticipate the need for a prenuptial agreement to assist in property division in the event of an unexpected divorce. When any amount of wealth or properties are shared, separating assets can be complicated and painful. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver are familiar with the painful process. Six years after filing for a divorce, they remain married.

After 25 years of marriage, Arnold Schwarzenegger's affair with a housekeeper became public knowledge. In addition to being unfaithful, he fathered a child with the housekeeper. With the news of the infidelity, the marriage came to an end, and Maria filed for divorce in 2011. 

What to know about gray divorce

If you are among the millions of Americans who divorce later in life, the decisions you must make and the transitions you must go through may differ considerably from those faced by younger divorcees. According to U.S. News and World Report, the divorce rate among couples over 50 doubled within a recent 10-year period, with many older couples choosing to go their separate ways for a variety of reasons.

In some cases, married couples try and stay together “for the children,” and then once the kids move out, they proceed with divorce. Others find that, once they reach a certain age, they no longer share the common ties with their spouses that once bound them. Regardless of your reasoning for entering into a gray divorce, there are certain things you should know about the process. More specifically, know that:

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