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Communication tips for co-parenting after a divorce

Many marriages end due in part to communication challenges, so it is not surprising that divorced couples often struggle with communication as well. While some exes in California have no need to keep talking after a divorce, others must continue to communicate about issues such as shared children, businesses, the sale of the marital home and spousal support. Here are some tips experts offer for how best to speak with a former spouse.

How to divorce and remain on good terms

When marriages end, the ex-spouses have to embark on the process of separating their lives from one another. Divorce does not have to be gritty and difficult in California. It is possible to have a divorce that promotes an amicable relationship between the parties as well as effective co-parenting if children are involved. Following a few tips on how to make the process less challenging can guard against emotional damage to anyone affected by divorce.

Ways to manage finances following divorce

When a marriage comes to an end, the result can cause partners to experience financial challenges. Married couples typically share many things from bank accounts to property. When a marriage dissolves, it is in the best interest of the involved parties to protect themselves against any negative repercussions. In California, there are cautionary tactics individuals can employ to guard themselves from monetary problems during and after a divorce.

Ensuring a fair distribution of marital debt after divorce

On average, 40 to 50 percent of marriages will end prematurely, and some will end in a financial mess. When couples call it quits, what happens to the debt incurred during the marriage and who determines how it is distributed after a divorce? This may be determined by where one lives. California is one of nine community property states that recognizes that all debts are the responsibility of both parties.

During the divorce process, how should income taxes be filed?

During the process of ending a marriage, is it best to separate finances or file taxes together as a married couple? According to the IRS, couples in the process of divorce but have not yet finalized are still eligible to file taxes together as a married couple. If filing separately, both must either take the standard deductions or both must itemize. In California and other states, couples can file joint tax returns if they are still married on the last day of the previous year.

New laws may affect alimony and divorce outcome

Ending a marriage is rarely a pleasant experience. With new changes coming in the form of scrapping the current alimony tax laws, negotiations could get even more ugly. In California, the change in tax incentives for alimony payments could have lasting consequences for other payments such as child support that is often calculated together during divorce negotiations.

Preparing for divorce after age 50

The dissolution of marriage at any age can be unnerving and ultimately affect one’s thought process. Divorce is never easy and often causes increased stress and can take an emotional toll on a person. Being well organized and researching the state laws as they apply to divorce can help prepare for the often-tumultuous times ahead. In California, divorces over age 50 have doubled in the past 25 years.

Advanced financial planning is essential before divorce

January has been deemed the most popular month for married couples to split up. Records show that divorce filings are one third higher in January than in other months because couples do not want to ruin holiday celebrations. In California and other states, the first week in January usually sees a substantial uptake in divorce inquiries.

Spousal benefits from Social Security after a divorce

A substantial part of income for retirees comes from Social Security benefits. After years of paying into the program, there is no reason to settle for less than the highest amount one can get. Sometimes, one spouse may receive a higher benefit than the other. In California and other states, ex-wives or husbands may be entitled to spousal benefits from Social Security after a divorce.

Stepmom takes the best interest of the child to heart

A new bride vowed to love, honor and cherish her new husband and her new stepson. She also vowed to do the same regarding the child's mother. During her marriage ceremony, the bride pledged her vows to her husband and included his former girlfriend and the son they have together in her new life and role as stepmom. In California, parents are taking a careful look at what is in the best interest of the child by co-parenting together.

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