When couples decide to marry, most of the time the last thing on their minds is what will happen if they divorce. Such considerations are deemed unromantic or even cynical. This may be true in part, but, depending upon a California resident's circumstances, it may be prudent to give at least a small measure of thought to this matter. The rules pertaining to the division of marital assets vary between states ,meaning that it is often wise to have the guidance of a legal professional when drafting a prenuptial agreement.
When couples divorce, it can be difficult for children to adjust to the change in family arrangements. For a California parent, being separated from his or her child or children may be far more distressing than being separated from his or her spouse. As a result, child custody issues can potentially be some of the most contentious. In some cases, a non-custodial parent may resort to extreme measures in an attempt to overturn court rulings.
Divorce is often financially complex. In a community property state such as California, it may stir up emotions when deciding, for example, which spouse gets the wedding china. For couples who own a business together, there can be unforeseen complications that do not present themselves until divorce is in the cards. In those circumstances, property division is not only about the present, but also the future.
Divorce proceedings can be complex and time consuming. Once a divorce is finalized, one may consider that to be the end of the matter, and, in the majority of cases, that is true. For a few California residents, important information regarding hidden assets may come to light at a later date. This may necessitate a re-evaluation of the original settlement.