This year, some states have enacted laws governing custody of a beloved family member: the couple's pet. Determining pet custody after divorce in California is still somewhat complicated.
Many aspects of divorce and finances come down to timing. However, couples who are ending their marriage have almost one additional year to claim the federal tax deduction for paying alimony.
The latest version of the tax bill under consideration in Congress eliminates the deduction for alimony payments and may also have other consequences for couples undergoing divorce. Many lawyers believe that these proposed changes will add time and expense to this process and can harm the validity of prenuptial and postnuptial contracts.
Discussions on prenuptial agreements are probably an unromantic and skeptical part of a couple's engagement. However, these agreements can help avoid disputes if they ever divorce and even allow couples to learn about the value of their property.
Engaged couples in California can avoid some dispute, if they ever divorce, by entering prenuptial agreements. While negotiating these agreements is not the most romantic part of an engagement, proper planning can help couples learn about their finances and lower the chances of conflict.
It is not so unusual for couples in California these days to seek a divorce, or to know someone who has done so. After all, the stigma surrounding divorce is eroding and many are seeing it as a better option than staying in an unhappy marriage. That being said, there are some myths surrounding divorce that deserve to be addressed.
Many Americans, especially those from Los Angeles, California, know that many marriages end up in divorce. Follow the news, and you'll see that it is common throughout the country, especially for celebrities, many of whom have substantial assets.
In California, when a couple gets a divorce, it is often not a simple matter of both sides agreeing to part ways, filing the papers and moving on with their lives. There are times that there are issues in dispute and one spouse chooses to file so the other spouse must respond. This is a serving of a summons and petition. The spouse who has been served has several options in how to respond. Knowing these and which is the most appropriate can be integral to a proceeding and a successful outcome.
For a variety of reasons, some California couples would prefer an annulment rather than a conventional divorce. This could be due to religious requirements or for another personal reason. An annulment differs from a regular divorce, and there are certain divorce legal issues that should be understood when seeking an annulment. One is the statute of limitations. In general, once the time runs out for a person to get an annulment, it cannot be done. The amount of time a person gets to file for an annulment varies based on the reason for the annulment.
In some situations, divorce can be handled without attorneys by individuals who agree on all the terms of their divorce ahead of time. In others, former spouses and their attorneys can work with a neutral third party as a mediator to arrive at a mutually beneficial series of compromises during divorce.