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Prepare for your divorce before you ever suggest it

Before you file for divorce, there are things you should know. While your decision is one likely based on facts and emotion, you need to understand that emotion can't play a role in the steps you take next. Everything you do has to be with your best financial interests in mind. Even if your divorce is emotionally charged, making sound decisions is a must.

Before you go through a divorce, though, your first step is to assess whether this is what you want. It is not easy to turn back once you file for divorce. Many spouses are hurt by the thought that their significant others would want to end the marriage, so this could cause irreparable harm to your relationship if you change your mind.

What is a California domestic violence restraining order?

You're afraid, to put it simply. Afraid for your safety. Afraid for your kids. Afraid they'll witness another fight and another black eye.

No one should live under the threat of domestic violence. In California, victims of such acts have recourse through the court system.

Is it better to file for divorce first?

When trouble arises in a marriage, it can fester for a long time as a variety of solutions are tried out. Couples may try counseling, spend more quality time together or do nothing and hope circumstances change with time. Typically, there comes a time when both spouses know the end of the marriage is near and each one is simultaneously considering divorce.

If you believe you are at this point, you may want to file right away and not wait around to see if your spouse will get to it first. Filing for divorce should be taken seriously. Filing first should not be done for spite or to send a message of frustration. If you are ready for divorce, there are advantages to filing first. 

What are the dos and don'ts of a California custody case?

You want your children to live with you full-time after your divorce, but you know it's best for your little ones to spend time with both parents. Then the unthinkable enters your mind. What if the family court judge decides your children should live with your ex, and you become one of those parents who only see their kids every other weekend?

There are things you can do to present yourself well in a child custody case and show the judge you are a parent worthy of having a substantial amount of time with your children.

Money a frequent cause of California divorces

They say that money is the root of all evil. It's apparently the root of many divorces, too. That's according to one financial planner, who said that studies have shown that finances are the top cause of divorce in the United States. He cited the following money issues as marriage-busting problems:

A lack of savings in the bank. The planner said more than 50 percent of American families have less than $1,000 stashed away as savings. With no money to fall back on, a marriage could suffer from money-related stress. He recommended establishing an emergency account. One way to fund that opening deposit? Use the money you and your spouse would have spent on a nice dinner out and eat at home instead. After that, make an easy addition to savings either by having your employer directly deposit part of your paycheck or setting up an automatic transfer with your bank on the same date each month.

3 overlooked costs during divorce

There’s often an expectation that filing for divorce will create a new sense of freedom. The stresses, complications and worry of your dissolving relationship with your ex are in the rearview mirror. While everyone knows the legal process takes time and has its own frustrating elements, many divorcing couples are still caught off guard by the restrictions or limitations a divorce might put on their daily life as it plays out.

Just as marriage influences most household financial and parenting decisions, so does divorce.

The best interest of the children applies in all custody cases

Most of us certainly can't relate to the lifestyles of the rich and famous, except when it comes to our children and what's best for them.

That's why many people are watching with keen interest the child custody issue that's playing out between actors Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt.

New federal tax law will have major impact on divorcing couples

If you and your spouse are thinking about getting a divorce, you might want to get it finalized before the end of the year.

Why the rush? The tax bill that President Trump signed in to law in December of 2017 takes effect January 1st, 2019 – and it could have serious impact on your finances.

Picking Picasso's rightful owner: Dividing artwork in a divorce

Art collectors going through a divorce fear that their most precious pieces will land in their ex-spouse's ends. The division of artwork in a divorce can become even more complicated when the artwork is excessively valuable.

This is a fact that Linda Macklowe has learned after filing for divorce from her billionaire husband Harry Macklowe. Amongst her possessions are works by world-renowned artists such as Pablo Picasso, Mark Rothko and Andy Warhol. The pieces have been valued upwards of $600 million or possibly even billions.

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