Children spend hours every weekday in a classroom. So, it stands to reason that their teachers get to know them pretty well. Teachers in California have the capacity to help students whose parents are going through a divorce. Nothing makes a child feel like he or she is being heard and understood than by being able to talk to someone they respect and admire, and often, that person can be a teacher.
Divorce can be a complicated matter that encompasses a wide range of issues. There is the emotional element for spouses as well as other family members that come from terminating a flawed marriage. However, marriage is also a legal agreement between two people recognized (for legal and tax purposes) by the government. This can get much more complicated if one of the spouses is a business owner or they share ownership of a business.
There probably isn't a household in America that hasn't been affected by social media in some fashion. But when social media sites start creating havoc in a marriage -- so much so that they could lead to divorce -- perhaps a couple needs to re-evaluate the time each spends online and doing what, where and with whom. Facebook seems to have been pegged as a big culprit, apparently causing 33 percent of divorces in the United States, including some of those in California.
When couples split up, there are usually things that need to be addressed and those things can be clearly stated in a settlement agreement. However, what does it take for a California divorce settlement to be legally binding? Are there, in fact, certain things that can render an agreement invalid? Certainly so.
Joining the world of singledom after years of marriage can be a scary prospect. Life situations change with separation or divorce, and a couple's financial world is not shielded from those changes either. California couples who have decided to separate for a couple months or who are formally ending their marriages might do well to consider doing a few things to safeguard their individual financial interests.
When celebrities split up, most people don't usually even bat an eye because these splits are so commonplace today. But when a long-time married couple are going separate ways and the celebrity half files for divorce as in the case of actor Ewan McGregor and his wife of more than two decades, many fans are a little stunned by the news. California resident McGregor filed for divorce from his estranged wife, Eve Mavrakis, after allegedly beginning a romance with actress Mary Elizabeth Winstead with whom he stars in the television show, Fargo and with whom he recently attended the Golden Globe Awards.
Gray seems to be the color associated with many marital rifts these days. More and more long-time married couples in California are making the decision to divorce, and those figures are increasing each year. It may be an especially painful experience not only for the couples themselves, but for their extended family members as well.
When a married couple divorces, one party often has more to lose financially than the other. In California and elsewhere, some individuals have been less than honest when it comes to disclosing their assets in divorce proceedings, particularly when property division, child support and/or alimony issues loom. But lying in court could have devastating consequences, including the possibility of criminal charges.
At the same time an unprecedented Supreme Court ruling in 2015 made it necessary for all states to recognize gay marriage, it also did the same for same-sex spouses wishing to separate. When a same-sex couple wishes to divorce, all states must recognize that divorce, with certain stipulations. Prior to that ruling, however, those states that recognized gay marriage permitted non-resident gay couples to divorce in their states as well, including California.
If a proposed Republican bill passes, divorce and taxes will take on a whole new meaning. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act would make tax deductions for alimony payments non-existent and create an income tax free zone for those receiving the funds. The law would not affect current divorce situations, only the ones after Dec. 31, 2017, including those in California.