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Does the court have to decide child support during my divorce?

Most people in California are familiar with the concept of a family law judge setting a child support amount for divorcing parents. While support agreements do require court approval, parents who are in the midst of a divorce are still generally capable for crafting their own arrangement. Here are two options for doing just that.

Should we try a separation or go straight for divorce?

For California couples living in an unhappy marriage, divorcing might feel like their only option. However, separation is a viable alternative to the divorce process and may even be helpful for those who are on the fence about the future of their relationship. Here are few things individuals should keep in mind when considering which process to pursue.

Can a postnuptial agreement benefit your marriage?

You probably already know what a prenuptial agreement is, but did you know that you can create a similar document after you have already tied the knot? A postnuptial agreement addresses many of the same topics as a prenuptial agreement and can provide similar protections during divorce. Like its premarital counterpart, a postnup is not necessarily an indicator of an inevitable divorce or separation.

Want a cooperative divorce? Mediation can help

You have likely watched a familiar scene play out in many of the popular TV shows and movies that you watch -- a divorcing couple battling things out before a judge. In the end, one person wins and the other loses. While this might make for an entertaining scene, it is not necessary a very good approach to divorce. Instead, you may want to consider mediation.

New law gives pets and owners more options in divorce

California couples often treat their pets not as animals, but as valued members of the family. While this arrangement may work out great for some families, it can also present a serious problem during divorce. Who gets to keep the dog when it is more like a child than a pet? A new law gives judges the ability to help couples address this issue. 

Reining in emotions can improve the outcome of a divorce

Divorce is not a game to be won or lost in California. Yet people may go into a divorce thinking that they want to 'get the better deal.' The reality is that there really is no better deal to be had and that both sides will have to make compromises. Regardless of how much is available in the assets column, those resources still have an end point that will have to be considered in divorce proceedings.

What is palimony?

A California divorce attorney coined the word palimony in 1976. They used it in a case where Michelle Triola Marvin sued her ex-boyfriend Lee Marvin, claiming they had a verbal agreement to evenly split all earnings and property.

How mediation can make your divorce smoother

Divorce is not an occasion many people associate with cooperation and negotiation. There are a plethora of pop culture examples of divorcing couples fighting and escalating disagreements. Regardless, approaching proceedings from this perspective is not only possible, but it can be beneficial for both parties.

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