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Better understanding what to expect during a divorce

Many couples in California and elsewhere may enter marriage with the intention of remaining together throughout life. As such, they may find it difficult to know what to expect should they eventually decide to part ways. Divorce can be an emotional and complex process and understanding the steps involved with dissolving a marriage could prove essential to making informed decisions about the future.

Once a person decides that divorce is the best path, the next step to take is the file the proper paperwork. Once the process is initiated, certain steps may become necessary, such as the implementation of temporary orders. These orders can cover a range of potential concerns, such as temporary parenting plans and visitation schedules, or even temporary arrangements to provide financial support for the kids or a spouse.

Taking the necessary steps to prepare for life after divorce

Individuals in California and across the nation may face a variety of difficult choices upon making the decision to take separate paths in life. Since the outcome of a divorce could have a substantial impact on a person's future, taking steps to prepare for the process could prove essential. However, when it comes to a similar life event, the process might not end once the divorce is finalized, and preparing for what comes next could also prove imperative.

The process of property division will dictate the manner in which marital assets will be divided. However, once a divorce decree is obtained, one may still need to take certain steps to retitle assets, such as an automobile or home. Following a divorce, a person may also find it advisable to address and close assets such as joint credit and banking accounts, as these will remain under the names of both parties even after the process is finalized.

High-speed crash leads to DUI charges for 1 in California

Operating a motor vehicle at a high rate of speed may come with a variety of risks. The monetary ramifications of a citation for speeding can be substantial and should an accident take place, the potential consequences of suffering or causing serious injuries could prove difficult to manage. Unfortunately, a recent high-speed collision that left several individuals with injuries has also left a 39-year-old man in California facing DUI charges.

Authorities responded to reports of a collision on a recent Saturday evening. They advised that the accident occurred when the driver of a westbound vehicle struck a van while traveling at a high rate of speed. The impact of the crash caused the van to overturn and after rolling nearly a block away, police advised that the first car suddenly erupted in flames.

The warning signs that your spouse could hide marital assets

When couples don't agree on how to split up their assets, the courts will intervene and divide them on their behalf. California courts employ the community property standard, which means that most everything acquired and earned during the marriage is subject to potential division in divorce proceedings.

People going through divorce often have strong emotions about what they want to achieve in that process. For many people, the goal is likely to punish a former spouse, rather than to simply secure a fair outcome. People who want to skew the asset division process in their own favor could engage in a number of highly questionable behaviors, including attempting to hide assets from their spouse and the courts as the divorce progresses.

Which gifts are separate property and which are marital property?

Getting divorced in California can be a stress-inducing experience. If you have children, you have to find a way to share custody. The more assets you have, the more compromises you will have to make to split them up with your spouse. You may wind up bitterly arguing about what seems fair or reasonable.

In many divorces, the asset division process quickly becomes one of the most contentious issues. Spouses may not agree about how to fairly split up their possessions. They may also have differing opinions on which assets should get divided in the first place.

Going through a 2nd divorce may still be stressful

Going through the end of a marriage can be a stressful experience under any circumstance. While at first glance, individuals in California and elsewhere who have been through the process before may feel it will be easier the second time around. However, with each successive divorce, there may be additional factors to address and understanding this aspect of the process could prove vital to preparing for what comes next.

In some cases, issues pertaining to the kids can be some of the most vital factors to address during divorce. In a second or third divorce, one or both parties may have kids from each marriage, and this could have an influence on the decisions one makes during child custody negotiations. In addition, a person could also develop a strong relationship with his or her stepkids during marriage, and having an understanding of one's legal rights for visitation with stepchildren can be a complex process.

The possible risks of going it alone during a divorce

Upon deciding to dissolve a marriage, many individuals in California and elsewhere may have concerns over the financial side of the process. In some cases, one may feel that forgoing legal representation could help reduce the costs associated with divorce. However, prior to deciding to go it alone, a person may find it beneficial to consider every aspect involved with the process, as such a decision could have consequences.

It is no secret that divorce can be a stressful and emotional process. As such, keeping emotions in check and remaining objective could prove nearly impossible at times, and being able to obtain advice on how to remain collected from someone with experience in such matters could prove invaluable. Without such advice, one may be more prone to letting emotions control decisions during legal proceedings, which could bring about devastating consequences.

Bankruptcy: The impact debt can have on relationships

Dealing with high levels of debt can affect a person's life in various ways. While the financial challenges of similar hardships can be stressful enough as is, studies also suggest that problems with debt can have a detrimental impact on one's relationships. Individuals in California who wish to protect against such potentially devastating consequences could choose to seek relief from debts through outlets such as bankruptcy, but they might need guidance in navigating the process.

Going through extended periods of monetary strain can be an exceedingly stressful process. Studies suggest that these high stress levels can spill over and affect one's personal relationships substantially. Those who struggle under the weight of financial obligations could be more prone to lashing out at family members or friends, and the things they do or say during these periods could have a negative impact on those relationships.

Keeping the house: What to consider before seeking your home

One of your major assets is your marital home, and you intend to keep it at all costs. However, before you make that determination, there are a few things you should look into.

For example, you own your property, but it's likely that it's not owned outright. You may have a mortgage to pay each month as well as utilities and other expenses. On top of that, there are taxes to consider. You will probably have to buy your spouse out of the home, too.

Taking steps to protect one's credit score during divorce

There may be a multitude of individuals in California and across the nation who feel that maintaining a healthy credit score is an essential part of life. However, it may be difficult to know all the circumstances in which one's financial standing could be placed in jeopardy. For those who are facing a divorce, understanding how the process could affect their credit scores and the steps to take to protect their finances could prove imperative.

Upon entering a marriage, many couples may choose to open up joint banking and credit accounts. Since these accounts will have an impact on one's credit score, a person who is facing the end of a marriage may find it advisable to close the accounts as soon as possible. While this will not remove the accounts from one's credit report, it could help prevent any unexpected and potentially costly transactions from appearing out of nowhere.

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