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Don't stress over your California divorce - we can help

Getting married can give a couple the butterflies, in a good way! However, if you and your spouse are contemplating divorce, it can give a person a different kind of butterflies in their stomach. Feeling anxious about a divorce is normal. However, don't let it overcome you or your goals.

At the Mansouri Law Offices, we help guide our clients through the process of divorce. Some of it can seem pretty straightforward, but there are always topics that are trickier or completely new that can cause confusion or stress. Issues like property division, child custody and alimony can especially be challenging for certain clients. We are here to aid in seeking out and finding a resolution that works for you, your divorcing spouse and any children connected to the marriage.

California state law and spousal support determinations

Not all marriages last forever. Just ask the nearly 50 percent of people involved in marriages that didn't last. Divorce doesn't need to be a negative thing, merely a mark that a change in a person's life is coming. When a couple decides to divorce, there are many topics that need to be considered. One of those may be spousal support.

Spousal support isn't ordered in every California divorce, but it is involved in many when there is a situation of imbalance between spouses. This means that one spouse gave up certain personal and professional achievements (such as a degree, promotion or other work opportunities) in order to rear the home. Spousal support determinations seek to balance that imbalance by ordering one spouse to pay an amount (once or many times), over a period of time, to correct for that financial imbalance when the divorce puts the disadvantaged spouse in a tough financial position.

Determine a parenting plan that is right for your family

Whether you and your child's parent are going through a divorce or just decided that a parenting plan is what you need to parent effectively from separate households, there is no time like the present to pursue this. Parenting plans are put into effect for those who are parenting children from separate households, it helps outline expectations and responsibilities of each parent. It can also contain details pertaining to child support.

It can be tough enough for married parents to effectively and smoothly parent their children. Take parents who are no longer in a relationship with each other and it can undoubtedly become even more difficult. In a perfect world, parents of children would get along perfectly and see eye to eye on every issue. In the real world, this usually isn't so.

In California family court, college is not automatic

As is the case with other states, California requires parents to support their children until the children are legal adults. Specifically, parents have an obligation to pay child support until the child turns 18. If the child remains in high school, then parents must support him until he graduates, drops out or turns 19.

What is noticeably absent from California's child support requirements is any provision which says that a parent must cover the child's college expenses. In other words, each parent may choose to help their child through college, but this is strictly at the option of that parent. Courts ordinarily will not intervene.

Is your spouse hiding assets? Here's how you can find out

You know that divorce is going to be difficult, especially if there are complex and valuable assets at stake. High asset divorces are more likely to be acrimonious, and many times, it takes a costly, stressful court battle to settle property division matters. It can be especially difficult when one spouse suspects the other of hiding assets or being dishonest about property value. 

There are several ways your spouse could attempt to hide assets, specifically bank accounts. Whether you are not certain something is wrong or you are sure something is missing from the disclosures, you have the right to fight for a fair property division settlement. Your future financial interests are at stake, and you deserve your fair share of all marital property.

We are prepared to handle late-in-life property division issues

As this blog has discussed on previous occasions, a late-in-life divorce, also commonly referred to as a grey divorce, presents special and potentially complicated issues to which couples going through the process need to be sensitive.

One of our previous posts pointed out that more and more people from the Baby Boomer generation are going to have to deal with these issues at some point in their lives, as late-in-life divorce is getting more and more common as time goes on.

Some statistics about grey divorce

According to recent statistics, so-called grey divorce is getting more and more common both in California and throughout the rest of the country. In fact, the number of divorces among those over 50 years old has increased by 109 percent, more than doubling, over the last generation or so.

To give a comparison, the divorce rate among those who are in their twenties and thirties actually slid downward between 1990 and 2015. The rate of divorces in this age group dropped by over 20 percent. During the same timeframe, the percentage of those in their 40s who divorced increased by 14 percent, that is, very little when compared with those going through a late-in-life divorce.

Review of how to go about changing a parenting plan

As this blog has discussed, parents in the Los Angeles area who are raising children in separate homes have the option of asking a court to review their parenting plans and make changes to them. This is true even when the couple originally agreed on the parenting plan.

In order to ask a court for a child custody modification, or even a less significant change in the current parenting plan, a parent will have to file the appropriate paperwork, ordinarily with the California court that made the original custody and parenting time orders.

Issues with valuing private medical practices

When doctors engaged in the private practice of medicine are involved in a divorce or legal separation, they may wonder what will become of their medical practice. Like other businesses, medical practices are generally divided in a divorce according to California's community property laws.

This raises business valuation issues since the doctor's medical practice will need a dollar value assigned to it before a court can divide it properly. Putting a value on a medical practice can actually be a complicated affair.

What type of mortgage may benefit you after divorce?

As your divorce has gotten underway, you have undoubtedly already made countless decisions. Now, the time has come to negotiate on how to divide the marital property. You may not have many major items that you want to hold on to, but you do have a focus on keeping the house.

The family home can often become a point of contention during divorce, and if you and your ex both want to keep the property, it can take some serious negotiating in order to reach a resolution. If you truly want to keep the home and believe that you can obtain that property during division proceedings, you will want to ensure that it will not cause you any major financial setbacks in the future.

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