At the Law Office of Stephen W. Penn and Associates, we understand that the holidays can be a lonely time of year for many Californians, especially when they are divorced. When your children spend Christmas with your ex, the sting of being alone can be particularly painful.
Avoid a headache for your family and make sure you have removed your ex-spouse as your beneficiary on all your legal documents.
When going through a divorce process, spouses in California don't generally try to make the process last a long time. Now, however, they may have an added incentive to work on speeding up the path to a final divorce agreement and settlement, at least between now and the end of the current calendar year.
If you and your spouse contemplate seeking a California divorce, likely neither of you relishes the prospect of spending months in court fighting each other. If you are like most divorcing couples today, you probably would prefer to take a more amicable approach to ending your marriage. If so, you will be glad to know that you have two non-court options: mediation and collaboration.
After you make the difficult decision to file for legal separation or divorce, you face many complicated issues. One of the most complex, however, may be that of child custody. When children are involved in a divorce, it is critical that decisions are made with their best interests in mind. It can be hard for parents to put aside their differences and do what is best for the children. In some cases, children may be made to live in the sole physical custody of one parent, while the other parent is given visitation rights. Yet, studies show that joint parenting may be more beneficial for children. In fact, researchers have found that when children spend a significant amount of time with both parents, they show long-term advantages when compared to children who are raised in a one-parent household.