Some residents of Los Angeles may naturally think of January as the month in which a lot of people decide to start the process of getting a divorce or legal separation.
For years, courts have struggled with the question of whether pets should be considered like any other property in a divorce, or should get some special consideration. A new California law set to go into effect in 2019 will make a pet ownership dispute less like a fight over retirement accounts and real estate, and something more like a child custody dispute.
The trend in family law today seems to be in favor of couples getting their issues resolved as quickly and as amicably as possible. Doing so is often peddled as a good thing for a person's emotions and for the well-being of that person's children, especially if the children are still at home as minors. Amicable splits also are admittedly easier on one's time and finances.
A resident of the Los Angeles area might come to a point where she recognizes that she must no longer live with her husband, sometimes even for the sake of her own safety or that of her children.
When Los Angeles couples, whether married or not, end their relationships later in life or, even if they are younger, have a lot of wealth between them, there are special considerations they must take in to account.
Sometimes when a couple in California divorces, one party may be at a financial disadvantage compared to the other party. For example, one party may earn significantly less than the other, or one party may have stopped working while married to take care of the home while the other party worked. Because the state has an interest in seeing that both spouses are able to live comfortably after a divorce, sometimes the court will order the higher-earning party to pay spousal support to the lesser-earning party.
It may seem hard to believe, but 2018 is already more than half way over, and 2019 is looming. For people in Los Angeles trapped in unhappy marriages, they may be eager to divorce. While all divorce issues should be carefully thought out, there could be advantages to finalizing for divorce before the year's end.
Many couples in Los Angeles and across the nation that have been married for decades, have raised their families, and are facing or are in their retirement years are now contemplating getting a divorce. A "gray divorce" as these late-in-life divorces are called, presents issues that may differ from those younger divorcing couples may not face. While there likely is not child custody or child support issues to contend with if the couple's children are grown adults, couples going through a gray divorce will want to pay close attention to property division and spousal support, as these issues can affect their finances and what their retirement will look like post-divorce.
Some people in Los Angeles might be under the impression that those who divorce late in life have an easier time than younger couples who divorce. But, while older couples still must resolve issues regarding spousal support and property division, but there are two topics that become more complicated as a couple ages.
Couples in Los Angeles who are engaged to be married are usually very much in love. They may feel they have a lot in common with their soon-to-be spouse, and anticipate a long and happy union together. However, one topic that is not always discussed prior to walking down the aisle is that of money. For some couples, this can be a costly mistake. Disagreements about how to handle money in a marriage can sometimes lead to divorce. Therefore, it can help for couples to discuss money well before their wedding day, so they can be on the same page about how to handle it.