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What do I need to know about uncontested divorce?

Not every couple wants to fight things out in court when ending their marriage. Some are actually able to agree on most things by talking them out and addressing any major issues with legal counsel. If you and your spouse find yourselves ready to move on and want to quickly end your marriage, there is one specific divorce option that may be good for you.  

Is a child custody order adjustable?

You went through the divorce process. Your children are currently living with your ex full-time and only see you a few days a month. This was thought best for them as it keeps them living in one house instead of bouncing back and forth. You want to see them more often but your ex is not willing to budge on the matter. Does the state of California ever allow the modification of a child custody order?

What might your kids want to see when it comes to co-parenting?

No matter how much you attempt to insulate your children from your divorce, you can't avoid it affecting them. The life they knew is gone, and big changes are coming. Even though you and your future former spouse agree to focus on your children as you create a custody agreement and parenting plan, you could be missing crucial pieces of information.

Does divorce have to be viewed as a negative event?

Divorce is a major life change. Because it can come with many connotations, emotional reactions and opinions from others, you may feel uncertain when it comes to dealing with your own feelings regarding your pending divorce. Though you may feel that it is the best option for your circumstances, you may still worry that others may attempt to make you feel ashamed about the decisions to come.

More grandparents are seeking guardianship

One of the saddest consequences of the opioid crisis is the collateral damage. Parents who are dealing with substance abuse issues often become unable to care for their children. When a parent is physically ill or incarcerated due to drug or alcohol use, children may end up shuffled among other family members or caught up in the foster care system.

Is your pet family, property or pawn?

If you are like more than one third of homes in the United States, you have at least one pet. Animals provide companionship and unconditional affection, and they often form special bonds with certain people quite unexpectedly. Some research indicates that having a pet can have a positive effect on your physical and mental health by lowering your blood pressure and relieving anxiety.

The negative impact social media can have on your divorce

Social media is part of life, and you may be one of the millions whose morning check of Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or Pinterest is as important to you as your cup of coffee. However, if you are also among the thousands filing for divorce this year, you may need to re-evaluate your social media habits, at least for the time being.

Keeping a nest: Not just for birds anymore

Getting divorced may be one of the biggest challenges you face in life, especially if you have children. Like most good parents in California, your main concerns probably have a lot to do with your children's best interests, in particular, helping them maintain a sense of normalcy as much as possible as you move forward to a new lifestyle together. The thought of uprooting your kids and making them shuttle back and forth between two new homes (maybe a new school district as well) has you worried.

Understanding your right to spousal support after your divorce

Divorce is a difficult time for every member of your California family, and it is normal for even two amicable parties to feel the stress and strain of this process. If you are facing the prospect of a divorce in the New Year, it is likely that you have serious concerns over your financial well-being.

Is your marriage high-risk?

When you go to the doctor, you probably complete a family health history. You check the box if your mother had cancer or your father suffered from diabetes. To your doctor, these may be indicators that you are especially vulnerable to those conditions yourself. If your parent's heart disease was complicated by poor diet, lack of exercise and smoking habits, you may have worked hard throughout your adult life to avoid those additional risk factors. If heart disease is in your genes, you must redouble your efforts at avoiding it.

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