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Fathers now have a more equal standing in divorce

In the past, fathers often had a difficult time securing custody rights as courts often gave preference to the mothers. This frequently led to custody agreements that gave dads very little time with their kids and few opportunities to foster strong relationships with them. Thankfully, this is not the case anymore, and California fathers are now more likely to secure more fair and equitable custody and parenting time terms in a divorce.

The benefit of making certain family law decisions

It's never easy to make the choice to move forward with divorce. When a California couple decides to end their marriage, it is probably after months or even years of difficult deliberation. Thankfully, there are some benefits to moving ahead with this family law decision, and with the right terms in the final order, a person can look forward to a strong and stable future.

Divorce, parental alienation and protecting parental rights

When California parents make the choice to end their marriage, it can have a significant impact on their children. How they approach custody and co-parenting after divorce can also have an impact on their children. When one parent does not respect the role of the other, it can lead to parental alienation. This is damaging to both a parent and a child, and it can permanently alter the way a child thinks about a parent.

After divorce, do parents have to talk in order to co-parent?

Working together with a former spouse after ending a marriage is not easy, but for some California couples, it can be impossible. Child custody is often one of the most complicated issues to resolve in a divorce, but co-parenting is an option that allows the children to maintain strong relationships with both parents long-term. For two people who may not get along, this can seem like a challenge, but the key to making this work well is a commitment to communication.

Divorce, retirement and a strong financial future

The end of a marriage will alter a person's financial trajectory, and it's in the interests of each person considering this process to think about how their choices will impact their future. This is especially important for individuals in California who are nearing retirement age. Divorce will affect how a person approaches his or her retirement plan, and while changes will be necessary, it is still possible to secure terms that allow for a strong future.

The right type of parenting plan for a family after divorce

Deciding what will happen to the children is one of the most difficult aspects of a ending a marriage. It is not always easy for two California parents to work together to parent their children, but for many, co-parenting is a beneficial option. This type of parenting plan can provide stability and security for kids and allow them to maintain strong relationships with both parents after a divorce is final. To make this arrangement work, parents have to be willing to communicate and work together.

Divorce's impact on non-probate transfers

We have detailed on this blog in the past what might happen if you fail to update your will following your divorce. Your will determines the disposition of any assets that are subject to administration during the probate process. As many of those that we here at The Law Firm of Lan Quoc Nguyen & Associates have been surprised to learn, however, there are also often assets that you may own that are not subject to probate. How might these be handled, then, if they are not addressed after you get a divorce? 

What are the different types of alimony in California?

As you prepare to enter into divorce proceedings in Westminster, you may find that there will be no shortage of people prepared to offer you what might be seen as legal advice. Yet unless these people have a proven knowledge of domestic relations law, you should take what they say with the proverbial grain of salt. For example, you might be told to expect to be awarded alimony if you were not the primary income earner in your marital home. Yet alimony is not awarded in every divorce case; rather it is only reserved for those scenarios where one might have difficulty sustaining the same standard of living they enjoyed while married in the immediate aftermath of their divorce. 

Relocating with the kids after a divorce

Many in Westminster may find it difficult to immediately move on with their lives following their divorces. For them, moving away may seem to offer the best chance at opening the next chapter of their lives. Indeed, according to information shared by Move.org, a change in marital status ranks among the most common reasons why people move. 

What is COBRA?

As you begin to prepare for your divorce proceedings in Westminster, one thing that needs to be considered is how you will support yourself (and possibly your children) with your ex-spouse no longer providing you with financial assistance. In this context “support” means both direct income and ancillary benefits (such as health insurance). Speaking specifically of the latter, if your ex-spouse was the primary income earner in your marital home, then you were likely covered under the group health plan offered by their employer. Where is yours (and your kids’ insurance coverage) to come from once you are no longer married? 

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