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Are assumptions about child support fair?

Courts will sometimes make assumptions when it comes to child support payments and the amount that needs to be paid by each parent. While these may be an unavoidable part of the process, it can be argued that assumptions don't always tell the whole story.

For example, imagine that one parent has sole custody of his or her child. The court is then going to ask the other parent to pay child support, which is intended to be roughly half of the money needed to raise the child. The parents are supposed to split this cost, just as they would have done if they'd stayed married.

Change your will after a divorce

You're going to have a lot of paperwork to deal with when getting divorced in California, so it can be easy to overlook little things. One job you want to make sure you get taken care of, though, is changing your will. It may be best to do this during the divorce process, so that it's set in stone, but you at least want to do it by the time the divorce is finalized. There are many reasons why, including the following:

1. You want to take your spouse out. This is the most obvious, but it's worth stating because there have been cases where people got divorced, split up their assets, and then one spouse died without changing his or her will -- giving all of those assets right back.

Important things to do for your children after divorce

Divorce can be tough on kids, even when the split is for the best overall, and so it's important for parents to think of the children during and after the process. Often, you can craft a parenting plan that focuses on them and makes things go smoothly. Here are a few of the best things you can do for them:

1. Practice consistency and reliability. If you're supposed to pick the kids up from school on Tuesdays and Thursdays, make sure you're always there and that you're on time.

Tiebreaker rules for child tax claims

So you and your spouse both want to claim your child as a dependent on your taxes, but you know that you're not allowed to claim him or her twice in California, seeing as how you're divorced. Typically, the parent who has custody is able to make the claim, while the other is not, but there are situations in which both parents have custody. The following rules may be used to break the tie.

-- If just one of you is biologically related to the child, then only the biological parent counts.

Divorce can happen in a deceptive marriage

Divorce can happen for many reasons. Some couples just don't get along. Some drift apart over time. Some see a divorce triggered by a key event, like infidelity or the development of an addiction.

What if you were tricked into getting married in the first place? A deceptive marriage could certainly lead to divorce.

What are the upsides to birdnesting?

Are you thinking about birdnesting after your divorce? This is an arrangement that means you and your spouse split up custody by moving in and out of the home, while your children stay there. For example, if custody changes every other week, rather than sending the kids to your spouse for a week and then getting them back, you'd just move into their house for a week, while your spouse lived elsewhere, and then swap with him or her at the end of the week.

This is a fairly new idea, and there are some significant upsides to consider:

It can be hard to get child support from other countries

Technically, a spouse who moves to another country is still supposed to pay child support. Legally, though, it can be very hard to get him or her to pay. The reason is that many countries do not have standing laws and agreements saying they'll help if a spouse flees over the border to avoid payments.

There are officially 195 countries in the world. Just 15 of them have agreements with the United States regarding the enforcement of child support. There countries are Australia, the Czech Republic, Canada, El Salvador, Hungary, Finland, Ireland, Northern Ireland, the Netherlands, Poland, Norway, Portugal, The United Kingdom, the Slovak Republic and Switzerland.

What should you do if your spouse won't sign divorce papers?

It's possible that your spouse will be so against the idea of getting a divorce in California that he or she will refuse to sign the papers. If so, what should you do next? Does this mean you're not going to get the divorce that you want?

First off, know that this doesn't mean you can't get divorced. You can still take your case to court, and the court can grant you a divorce even if your spouse won't sign. Don't worry, you're not locked into the relationship with no way to get out.

Why some people don't like paying child support

People tend not to like paying for anything, but child support seems like one of those things that would actually be easy to stomach. Even if the marriage fell apart, wouldn't the parent be happy to pay to help raise a child that he or she loved? After all, the parent anticipated paying at least that much when the couple was together, as raising a child is never free.

However, some experts have noted that people often hate paying child support, whether they are rich or living from one paycheck to the next. Since the amount of wealth doesn't matter, what is it that makes them resent the payments?

Should you keep your divorce records?

If you go through a divorce in California, you may really just want to put the whole thing behind you and forget about it. As such, you could be tempted to get rid of your divorce records. After all, the marriage is done, so what use do you have for the paperwork?

Despite wanting to put the whole thing in the past, it's actually important to hang on to your divorce records for a few reasons. For one thing, if you choose to get married again in the future, you may not be allowed to get a marriage license until you can show that you ended the previous relationship. The court will want more than your word, asking to see the records to ensure that you're not breaking any laws regarding polygamy.

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