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April 2019 Archives

Determining spousal support in a divorce negotiation

Deciding to end a marriage is a difficult decision and seldom arrived at lightly in California. Once the decision is made, there are many factors to take into consideration when determining issues such as property division, child custody, and support and spousal support. Of these, spousal support is frequently the last piece of the puzzle to be considered, but it is certainly not the least important.

Child support not subject to statute of limitations

Divorce is seldom easy and can be especially difficult when small children are involved. Child support is frequently part of a divorce settlement where one parent typically pays a specified amount to the other parent, usually on a monthly basis. There are many cases of people owing back child support payments. There is no statute of limitations on child support payments in California.

Joint custody may be in the best interest of the child

It is widely accepted that the best environment for a child to grow up in is a household with two loving parents. For many this is not the reality as almost half of today's marriages in California end in divorce. Courts once thought that the best scenario in the event of a divorce was giving full custody to the mother. However, recognition that a loving father plays a crucial role in promoting the well-being of the child is causing more courts to treat the parents as equal partners as much as possible. The best interest of the child is the court's first concern.

Community property, debt and its impact on one's credit

In today's world a good credit score is a very valuable asset. It can affect one's ability to get credit and can also be a factor in obtaining employment. A married couple often builds a credit history jointly through shared credit cards, mortgages and car loans. If the couple divorces, these debts may be considered part of community property in California.

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