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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? 

Is my spouse having an online affair?

Social media is supposed to bring people closer together, but this is not beneficial in each and every case. Some married people use the internet to carry on affairs, which can have a devastating effect on a person's marriage. Identifying online infidelity can be a bit difficult, which is why Very Well Mind recommends looking out for the following signs if you're experiencing issues in your relationship.

How can I uncover hidden assets during a divorce?

When a marriage breaks down, dishonesty is usually a factor. This dishonesty can even extend to the divorce process itself, as many spouses attempt to hide assets to prevent them from being divided. According to Forbes, there are steps you can take to uncover these assets and have them included during the dividing process. 

Forming a parenting plan that is mutually beneficial

When a couple is just beginning the process of getting divorced in California, one of their primary concerns is the well-being of their children. Divorce is undoubtedly difficult for children and can be exceptionally challenging if they need to relocate. The faster and more amicably that parents are able to arrange a parenting agreement, the more effective they may be at minimizing the impact of their split on the stability of their children's lives. 


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