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When a violation of visitation rights occurs after a divorce

When facing the end of a marriage, many parents in California and elsewhere may consider it vital to take every possible measure to protect the interests of their children. Although both parents may agree that reaching an acceptable parenting plan is an essential component of divorce, they might not always have the same ideas on how to achieve this goal. Even if both sides are able to come to an amicable arrangement, there are certain scenarios in which one party may refuse to uphold the terms of a parenting schedule.

There may be a variety of circumstances in which one parent might attempt to deny visitation. Studies indicate that some of the most common causes of such behavior include issues with child support payments or transportation concerns. In addition, experts also indicate that issues over the other parent's behavior and life choices could also lead a parent into refusing to comply with the terms of a child custody agreement.

Dividing retirement: Get help to do it right

When you're getting divorced, one of the things you have to decide is how you'll split your retirement. Splitting retirement is relatively simple thanks to California's community property laws. You'll split any retirement earned while married, but anything from before or after marriage will not be split.

Your spouse will only be entitled to 50% of the value of the funds you accrued during your marriage in a 401(K) or other account. If you have a pension plan or other retirement options, it's a good idea to contact your attorney to work through the steps, since a pension plan has special requirements.

Divorce: Avoid being taken by surprise by unexpected expenses

Many individuals in California and elsewhere may be aware of the possible financial ramifications of dividing assets during the end of a marriage. However, there are also certain monetary concerns they may encounter during a similar circumstance in life that they might not have expected. Understanding the issues that may arise during a divorce could prove vital to helping a person prepare for what comes next and form a plan for opening a new chapter in life.

When it comes to the financial side of dissolving a marriage, one's thoughts may immediately turn to the costs of getting a divorce and the outcome the process of property division. However, one might not always think of other financial concerns such as the costs of securing new living arrangements. In some cases, a person may also face a need to refinance certain financial obligations after the divorce is finalized.

1 accused of drunk driving after vehicle crashes into house

There are a variety of scenarios in which a person could lose control of a vehicle and veer off the road. Once a car travels off path, making the necessary maneuvers to limit the severity of a subsequent collision could prove challenging at best. Unfortunately, a recent incident in which a vehicle crashed into the side of a home in California has left a 33-year-old woman in custody on suspicion of drunk driving.

Law enforcement agents say they responded to reports of the crash at around 4:30 a.m. on a recent Saturday. Upon arriving at the scene, they claim to have found a vehicle lodged in the side of a local home. While the details pertaining to how the accident occurred remain unclear, they have advised that the person living in the home had already made it outside and was not injured in the process.

Preparing for the unexpected during a divorce

Going through the end of a marriage can be stressful enough as is. However, there are a variety of scenarios in which one party may deploy certain tactics that may only act to further complicate the process. Knowing the possible strategies or behaviors that may arise during a divorce may help limit the stress a person in California experiences and it could also be key to forming a strategy on how best to approach the situation.

When facing a similar life change, a person may be eager to finalize the process and move on in life. Unfortunately, things might not always be so simple and in some cases, the other party may seek to prolong the process intentionally by altering settlement conditions and details. When kids are in the picture, the other party could also take measures to alter the outcome of child custody negotiations even after an agreement has been reached.

Consider nesting if you want to stabilize your child's routine

As parents of a young child, you want to do what is right for them when it comes to custody and visitation. You both decided that sharing custody is a good idea, but you're not sure how you'll manage it. You both have to work, and you'll both live across town from one another.

Nesting can be a great option to meet in the middle if you have the money to do it. It refers to keeping your family home and switching off with your ex-spouse when you have custody of your child. You'll both need to maintain your own separate residences, but on the days you have custody, you'll come back to the family home.

The possible motivations of the actions of friends in divorce

Many individuals in California and elsewhere may be aware of possible financial ramifications of going through the end of a marriage. However, understanding the ways a divorce might impact other areas of one's life might not always be an easy task. While a person may have concerns about his or her friends being distant or behaving strangely during and after a divorce, there are a variety of factors that might motivate such behavior.

The end of a marriage can be a stressful and harrowing process for everyone involved. Since one's friends might not be directly involved in the process, they may have limited understanding of the situation and feel uncertain of what to say. In some cases, a friend may feel that saying nothing at all could be more favorable than saying something wrong.

Bankruptcy: Use of credit cards may promote overspending habits

Issues with overspending can have a significant impact on a person's financial future. When combined with the ease of access and use of credit cards, the results can be devastating. Individuals in California who experience prolonged periods of financial struggle under similar circumstances may find it helpful to seek guidance on their available options for relief, such as bankruptcy, but deciding on a path for relief can be an intimidating process.

In previous decades, individuals may have had fewer available options to help fund purchases they could not afford. However, with the recent rise of credit card usage, there may be a multitude of consumers who take on a buy now and pay later frame of mind. With interest rates reaching as high as 30% on some credit cards, a similar mindset could leave a person facing a seemingly insurmountable financial hurdle in the future.

The outcome of a divorce may impact certain areas of retirement

It is no secret that the outcome of the end of a marriage could have a substantial impact on the lives of everyone involved. However, for individuals in California who are closing in on retirement age, there may be certain issues to address that are unique to their specific age group. Understanding how a divorce could affect certain areas of retirement could prove vital to forming a strategy to protect one's plans for the golden years of life.

Reports indicating that the divorce rates among individuals over the age of 50 has doubled over the past 30 years. With one's plans for retirement in the balance during a similar life change, understanding the possible ramifications of a divorce could prove vital. One of the first areas of retirement that might be affected pertains to Social Security, and depending on the variables involved, the outcome of a divorce could impact one's benefits.

Divorce: Differences of opinion can place a strain on a marriage

While it might not be all that uncommon for married couples to disagree from time to time, some differences of opinion could put a major strain on a relationship. Speaking about major issues early on could prove vital to preventing similar challenges from arising, but in some cases, certain issues may fly under the radar. There are a variety of questions couples in California might consider asking each other prior to marriage, as arguments over key aspects of life could increase the chances a couple may find themselves facing divorce.

Arguments over money are one of the most common issues that can arise in a serious relationship or marriage. However, some couples might not always feel it necessary to have a discussion on their financial goals early in the relationship. Other goals a couple might not always choose to address early on may include their stances on what it means to be married or whether they wish to have children, and differences of opinion in these areas could place a burden on a marriage later on.

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