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October 2017 Archives

Divorce and family law: A new argument for spousal support

A recent legal proceeding in California involving the end of a marriage brings a new kind of claim by a dependent spouse for spousal support payments. Kendu Isaacs, the estranged husband of singer Mary J. Blige, claims that two songs published by Blige are preventing him from finding work and earning a living. That is a new argument in family law circles, and it is one that Isaacs may have difficulty proving to the satisfaction of the family law judge presiding in this divorce case.

How to avoid common divorce mistakes

Divorces are rarely smooth or easy, but often, those involved in a divorce are going through the process for the first time, meaning they have little experience with it and therefore have the potential to make serious mistakes. While every marriage and subsequent divorce is quite different, there are many common mistakes people make when navigating the dissolutions of their families, and recognizing where others go wrong may help you avoid making similar mistakes yourself.

Divorce can follow a cooperative, collaborative format for some

A divorce can be an emotional roller coaster filled with tough human feelings such as hate, jealousy, revenge and the like. In California and elsewhere, however, there are alternative methods that may be more suitable for a couple that is splitting on a more friendly and amicable basis. A major alternative is called a collaborative divorce, and it looks at the process in a different light -- one might say a kinder and gentler light.

Divorce can raise special pitfalls for women near retirement

In California and elsewhere, the plight of a woman who is getting a divorce is a riskier proposition generally than that faced by a male spouse. Statistically, women are living longer than men, and there are twice as many women over 50 who are divorced or getting a divorce today than 20 years ago. Women do not remarry as often as men and they generally make less than men. All these factors combine to make it necessary for divorced women to save a larger chunk of their income for retirement.

3 ways anger can make your divorce worse

Divorce can get ugly quickly if you are not careful. When emotions run high, it is easy to make mistakes leading up to and during your divorce. You are probably upset and angry that your marriage is ending and you may have trouble thinking clearly. However, it is advisable to keep your emotions in check to the extent you are able to do so. Allowing anger to control your actions can turn the divorce process into a battle.

Financial planning and divorce

Over the years, the majority of decisions that an individual and a couple makes can have a tremendous impact upon their long-term financial security. Thus, when a California couple decides to divorce, financial ramifications are almost a certainty. However, this impact does not necessarily have to be a negative one.

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