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Divorce disputes over the family pet may be prevented in a prenup

Divorce in California and elsewhere continues to take on new issues as the law and people's values evolve. One area where that dynamic is seen often is on the issue of which spouse gets to keep the family dog, or even their faithful and affectionate cats, after the divorce. It is a sad commentary on human nature, but in some divorces, spouses are known to use the family pet as a bargaining tool or a hammer of revenge.

Positive outcomes are also a likely part of the divorce landscape

In California, the holidays are celebrated by people of many different backgrounds at this time of the year. For those who are intending to file for divorce or find themselves already in such legal proceedings, it can be a difficult time to retain a positive attitude, especially with memories of lost dreams being intensified by holiday festivities. Fortunately, the picture does not have to be so gloomy as there are reasons to keep one's spirits high and engaged.

Divorce settlements hampered by new tax law rules

Divorce law may get a bit more difficult for practitioners in California and elsewhere after the end of the year. It may also get a bit more expensive for some clients to get a divorce at that time. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act passed by Congress eliminates the alimony deduction for payers as of Jan. 1, 2019.

Divorce could come with some nasty financial surprises for women

Women are very independent these days, and that includes financially, even if married. California couples often share assets though, and when they're headed for divorce court, a woman may not be prepared for what that could do to her financial situation. A recent survey turned up some startling information: 46 percent of women surveyed admitted that divorce was accompanied by some financial surprises.

Theroux says divorce from Aniston was uneventful, even boring

Celebrity breakups are big news, especially when A-listers like Jennifer Aniston are involved. Her divorce from Justin Theroux made front-page news, not only in California papers, but in media all over the world. The thing is, though, their divorce, according to Theroux, was pretty uneventful. He goes so far as to even call it a little boring.

Death, divorce and prenuptial agreements

Prior to walking down the aisle, the typical California couple assumes that the marriage will last "until death do us part." This will be true for approximately half of these marriages. However, for the other half, the marriage will likely end in divorce. In either circumstance, it may be in each individual's best interest to have a prenuptial agreement in place.

Student loans more often lead to divorce

For generations, research has shown that money contributes to the end of more marriages than any other issue couples may face. This may be because one spouse makes more than the other or the two cannot agree on how to save or spend. Another reason may be because the amount of debt the couple has creates unbearable stress between the spouses. While each California marriage is unique and has its own struggles, a new study shows that one financial issue is causing more divorce recently than in the past.

Divorce doesn't have to be overwhelming

There often comes a time when life seems to spiral out of control. There are multiple decisions that need to be made, and the California resident just is not sure what steps need to be taken. Feelings of uncertainty and anxiety can be overwhelming at these times, especially if a divorce is involved.

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