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Social concerns of divorce in a digital age

There are many individuals in California who take to social media every day to provide updates on what is happening in their lives. In many cases, these posts may include pictures of family vacations, stories about important life events or, in some cases, just random thoughts. However, for those going through divorce, social media outlets may become a source of anxiety.

When going through the end of a marriage, one concern for those who are active on social media pertains to having to deal with the fallout. Many individuals spend years building their profiles, and these profiles often include pictures and stories about their relationship. Having these constant reminders can be stressful enough as is, and knowing how to handle the situation can be a challenging process.

Understand spousal support in California

Alimony is something that many people know they don't want to have to pay. Some people may even fight against receiving it. After all, receiving or paying alimony means that you have to stay in touch with the other party, even after your divorce is final.

In most cases, the person with more money is the one who writes a check for alimony, though assets and liabilities may be taken into consideration when determining who has enough to pay or who has little enough to receive alimony fairly.

Divorce doesn't have to become a battlefield

Upon deciding to take separate paths in life, it might not be uncommon for couples in California to encounter some degree of conflict. However, this doesn't mean that divorce has to be a battlefield where each party sets forth to conquer the opponent, and such behavior could prove detrimental to the outcome of the process. While emotions may run high, there may be some ways to identify potential concerns and keep anger from influencing one's decisions.

One way to keep emotions in check during divorce is to become aware of the topics that may prompt an emotional response prior to entering legal proceedings. To achieve this, a person may find it helpful to look back on the relationship and consider the most prevalent sources of conflict. Whether from differences of opinion over money or fights over how to raise the kids, knowing which areas may be sensitive subjects could help one prepare for what comes next.

Head-on crash leaves 1 facing drunk driving charges in California

There are a variety of scenarios in which a person may lose control of a vehicle and cross into the wrong lane of traffic. Whether it stems from the onset of a medical condition, or from a moment of distraction, should this action lead to a collision, the results can be disastrous. Unfortunately, one person has been accused of drunk driving following a recent head-on collision in California.

Authorities say the incident occurred at around 6:30 p.m. on a recent Tuesday as they were responding to reports of a wrong-way driver. Upon encountering the vehicle, they say the driver nearly struck two emergency vehicles before colliding head-on with a nearby car. The drivers of both vehicles were taken to a hospital for treatment soon thereafter, and the driver of the second car reportedly suffered major injuries in the crash.

Mistakes that could affect the outcome of a divorce

Dissolving a marriage can be a stressful and emotional process, and knowing how to prepare for what comes next can be challenging. Since a divorce can have a substantial impact on a person's future, seeking advice on what to expect from the process can be exceedingly beneficial. With a great deal on the line, individuals in California may also find it helpful to avoid potentially costly mistakes during divorce, as these could have a detrimental impact on the outcome of the situation.

After making the decision to part ways, it might not be uncommon for a person to have a desire to take to social media and share his or her feelings or experiences with the public. However, one should use caution when posting about an upcoming divorce through online sources, as the information one shares could affect the outcome of the situation. Another potentially devastating mistake pertains to entering negotiations without obtaining all the necessary financial paperwork, as this could leave a person unprepared for the process.

Understanding vocational assessment and alimony

If you are going through a divorce, you may be hoping that you will be able to receive alimony from your ex partner. If you were the primary caregiver of your children or if you were otherwise heavily dependent on your ex spouse's income, it is likely that you will need to have financial assistance to maintain the lifestyle that you are used to.

Additionally, it may not be practical or possible for you to gain an income at the moment, because you may need to be caring for your children. You may also not have the necessary training to be able to gain meaningful work that will adequately replace the income of your ex spouse. This is exactly why alimony is often awarded to one of the divorcing spouses.

Identifying all marital assets prior to divorce in California

There are a variety of factors to address upon making the decision to dissolve a marriage. For those who wish to protect their financial futures following a divorce, a significant portion of their focus may rest in the division of marital assets. Although in California, assets are divided equally during divorce, a person may still find it beneficial to gain an understanding of each asset that will be involved in the process.

When it comes to marital assets, a person's first thought may turn to items such as a home or motor vehicle. However, marital assets can include a variety of items, such as bank accounts and retirement plans. Stocks and stock options may also be included in the marital estate, as can life insurance policies and even frequent flier miles accumulate through rewards programs.

Bankruptcy: Choosing the correct path to pursue debt relief

Upon encountering significant financial difficulties, many individuals in California may wish to know more about each of the available options for pursuing relief. In some cases, a person may choose to explore debt consolidation. Although a similar route may provide some form of relief, it might only act to prolong one's financial concerns, while bankruptcy could be just the tool to pursue a healthier financial future.

By consolidating debts, a person may be able to receive a significant reduction in monthly payments. However, the overall amount a person is required to pay could end up being equal to, if not higher than the original amount owed. In addition, those who choose to go through a debt consolidation program may also be required to pay additional fees, which may only add to the stress of an already challenging process.

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.

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