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Staying focused on the kids when getting divorced

There are many worries Californians may have when getting divorced. When they are parents, this generally includes major concerns about how the divorce will impact their kids. It is important for parents to remember that there are many things they can do to protect their kids in relation to a divorce.

One is staying focused on their kids’ well-being when navigating divorce issues involving the children. One major such issue is child custody. Keeping the child’s best interest as the main focus point is critical when going through custody negotiations and proceedings. Skilled California divorce attorneys can help parents in the state with pursuing child custody solutions well-tailored to their children’s needs and well-being.

Sign of the times: How you know you're ready for a divorce

How do you know if you're really ready for a divorce or not? After all, it's a single decision that will turn your entire world upside down -- so you want to be sure before you decide that you're really done with your marriage.

Sometimes, the signs you're ready for a divorce aren't obvious -- even when they're right in front of you. To help yourself really focus your feelings and find some clarity, however, ask yourself the following questions:

Facts about domestic violence and child custody you should know

Domestic violence is about power and control. The children of domestic violence victims are often caught in the middle.

That makes it important to understand the links between domestic violence and child custody. Following are some crucial ones:

What should you know about child support in California?

Child support is one of the most complex issues in any divorce -- and one of the most agonizing financial concerns. If you have primary custody of the kids, you're naturally concerned about making sure that they have everything they need. If you don't have primary custody, you're caught between wanting your children to have what they need and making sure that you have enough money to survive as well.

So, it's natural to have questions. Here are some of the most important things you should know about child support in California.

Consider the benefits of a bifurcated divorce

Do you worry that your divorce will end up dragging along because you and your spouse can't agree on a specific issue that's related, like child support?

If you live in California, you may be able to separate the issue that's holding things up from the issue of your final divorce papers. That process, called a bifurcation, can allow couples to end their marriage even though they haven't quite worked out all the details.

What's digital infidelity (and could it end your marriage)?

The advent of social media has changed numerous things about American society -- including what many people see as infidelity.

Traditional notions of infidelity required an actual physical dalliance between an unfaithful spouse and his or her romantic partner. Thanks to the internet and social media, however, couples are reassessing what it really means to be unfaithful.

What happens when my child doesn't want to go for a visitation?

What do you do when your child doesn't want to visit your co-parent?

Maybe your child simply resents the schedule interruption caused by visitation. Perhaps going to the other parent's house is boring. Maybe your ex-spouse and your child simply aren't getting along. Whatever the reason, a number of problems arise when a child suddenly balks at their scheduled visitation.

Study says costly weddings lead to divorces

Money can't buy happiness. Money also can't buy a lasting marriage. That's the official word from researchers, at least.

According to a recent study by a number of economists, the costly trappings of a wedding, including an expensive engagement ring, are no barrier to a divorce. In fact, the couples who spend the most are most likely to see their marriages falter fast.

Is your ex refusing to follow the visitation order? Do this

What do you do when your ex isn't following the court-ordered custody schedule for your children?

This is the sort of post-divorce event that nearly every parent dreads. Yet, most parents fail to have a response plan in mind if it does happen. Don't make that mistake. The faster you react to an issue with your visitation, the more clearly you'll convey the boundaries of your post-divorce existence with your ex.

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