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Scenarios that may increase the chances a couple will divorce

Deciding to dissolve a marriage can be stressful, but in some cases, it might also be the healthiest choice a couple in California can make. However, reaching the point where each person can be honest about what is best for the future can still be a challenging endeavor. While there are a variety of scenarios that could lead a couple to consider divorce, some tend to be more prevalent than others.

Studies suggest that one of the most common sources of conflict in a marriage pertains to a lack of commitment. While this may seem to go against the very concept of marriage, those who cannot commit to the relationship may be more likely to seek an exit. Other common concerns involve rushing into the partnership or marrying at an early age, both of which could also contribute to issues with commitment.

Divorce: The impact financial stress can have on a marriage

High levels of stress can have a substantial impact on a person's life, and one of the most common sources of stress is financial strain. Similar forms of stress may not only affect a person's physical and mental health, but it can also disrupt one's relationships. Financial stress is one of the leading causes of conflict in a marriage, and such issues have left many couples in California wondering if divorce is the healthiest option.

Whether stemming from a sudden loss of income, or worries pertaining to maintaining a healthy credit score, financial stress can take a significant toll on a person. These concerns can bring about struggles with mental health issues such as depression or anxiety. Financial stress can also impact one's physical well-being, as it can lead to eating or sleeping disorders and in some cases, may increase the risk of high blood pressure or heart problems.

Signs your spouse is hiding assets from you

One of the most challenging parts of divorce is splitting marital property. Contention can arise over who gets what and how much. To protect assets, your spouse may try to hide them. He or she may try to do so during the divorce process, or she or he may have already done so long before divorce was a consideration.

It is important to know what signs to look for, especially if you have not been too involved in your family's finances or do not trust your spouse. Whether you suspect dishonest (and illegal) behavior, it may be beneficial to have a forensic accountant ensure all assets are on the table and have a valuator provide accurate estimations of their worth.

Seeking modifications to a child support order

There are a variety of scenarios in which a person in California or elsewhere may experience a change in financial stability. For some, this process may involve little more than a need to cut back on expenses and form a strict budget. However, for parents with an existing child support agreement in place, the challenges of experiencing a change in circumstances can be substantial, and these changes could prompt a need to revisit the original arrangement.

Those who encounter a similar situation could benefit from understanding the circumstances in which they might be able to pursue changes to a child support order. For instance, the loss of a job or a decrease in income could make it difficult for a person to meet the required monetary obligations. A sudden medical emergency could also disrupt one's finances and make it difficult for him or her to keep up with child support payments.

Seeking guidance on the changes to tax rules in divorce

The new year is underway, and with its start comes changes to how spousal support payments are taxed. Under this new law, alimony payments will no longer be eligible as a tax deductible and they will no longer be considered taxable income for recipients. These changes could have a substantial impact on the decisions one makes during divorce, and they may leave many individuals in California in search of advice in understanding all their available options.

With the changes to alimony tax rules, spousal support payments will no longer be any different than payments for the division of property. As such, similar concerns may play a more significant role during negotiations, as the parties involved may wish to consider all their available options. For instance, couples may have the option of reaching an agreement to forgo alimony and instead implement payments over time through the division of property.

Making informed choices re the family home during a divorce

Individuals in California and elsewhere may face a variety of difficult choices upon choosing to end a marriage. With their financial futures on the line, one of the most pressing concerns for many couples pertains to how to handle real estate properties, such as the family home. Knowing the potential advantages and disadvantages of each option concerning the home could help a person better prepare to make informed choices during negotiations.

In many cases, one person may wish to remain in the family home once the divorce is finalized. However, prior to making such a decision, it may be helpful to gain an understanding of the financial ramifications of keeping the home. The costs of maintaining the property and keeping up with mortgage payments could prove challenging, especially for one who has recently transitioned to a single-person income.

Making plans for the holidays after divorce

Dissolving a marriage can be a stressful and daunting process under any circumstance. However, with the holiday season setting in, those who are facing divorce may encounter unique challenges, especially if children are involved. While this can be a stressful time, parents in California may be able to protect the needs of their kids by gaining awareness of how to handle the holidays after divorce.

Following a divorce, making holiday plans that accommodate two separate households may seem a daunting process. However, parents may be able to reduce the stress involved by focusing on the best interests of their kids. Kids may benefit the most if they are allowed to spend ample time with both parents during the holidays and if they are able to stay in contact with each parent while they are away.

Prenuptial agreements and your divorce

If you are contemplating divorce, you may have questions about how your prenuptial agreement can affect the process. In addition to perusing an overview of common issues that tend to come up, having an attorney review your document can give you the advice you need in your specific circumstances.

Generally, California courts tend to uphold valid prenuptial agreements. If an otherwise valid agreement contains an invalid clause, the prevailing approach is to discard that clause and enforce the rest of the prenup.

Helping the kids adjust to life after divorce in California

Upon making the decision to part ways, parents in California and elsewhere may have concerns about how the end of their marriage might affect their children. Reducing the impact a divorce will have on the kids is a goal for many parents, but it can also be challenging at times. However, there might be certain ways of approaching the coming changes that could prove beneficial in helping the kids adapt to life after divorce.

Although there may be several factors of dissolving a marriage that kids might find intimidating, one of the most prevalent concerns they will face could be change. Although change can prove difficult for kids, parents may be able to take steps to help them throughout the process. For instance, keeping their routines as normal as possible could provide children with the stability they need to handle the changes they experience.

Child custody: Co-parenting behaviors that may prove detrimental

When two parents in California make the decision to end a marriage, they may both feel it imperative to take the necessary steps to protect the future of their children. While reaching an acceptable child custody agreement can be beneficial, parents may also wish to gain a better understanding of how best to co-parent the kids following divorce. To know how to effectively share parenting responsibilities and decisions, parents may also benefit from knowing which actions could prove detrimental to their kids.

Divorce can be an emotional experience that may leave a couple experiencing challenges with communication. However, for parents, the ability to communicate can be essential to providing for the needs of the kids. A refusal to communicate can lead to increased levels of conflict that can be harmful to children, and it can also lead to scheduling confusions that could have disastrous outcomes.

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