Families today are more dynamic than ever. As attitudes towards divorce and remarrying have relaxed, so have the number of nontraditional families that often involve step-children from earlier marriages, as well as different “sets” of parents at either home. When families where children are already present are formed, many new spouses often grow close to their stepchildren and some even opt to legally adopt them, officially making themselves that child’s legal parent.
Marital conflict is often emotionally-draining, and it can be difficult to formulate your next steps when you are under duress and turmoil. You probably have thousands of questions swimming in your head, and thankfully a family law attorney can help provide you with some insight to most of these difficult questions. At the R&S Law Group, LLP, one of the first questions we hear is “should I get an annulment or a divorce?”
Many divorced individuals are surprised to find just how complicated moving becomes following divorce proceedings. As California law was established to safeguard parent-child relationships and protect the rights of both parents, it accounts for the ramifications that moving can have on a parent-child relationship, and the state has strict guidelines in place. Parents who are looking to move somewhere else along with their child after divorce proceedings need to present their request for relocation to the courts, who can then choose to approve or deny the move.
Divorce is never a straightforward process, and this is particularly apparent when it involves individuals with numerous assets. This is where prenuptial agreements prove to be a valuable tool, as they help protect individual interests when things to sour. However, they also often carry a bit of a taboo amongst certain folks, as they see prenuptial agreements as a sign of a weak foundation.
Divorce carries a myriad of issues that need to be worked out, including child custody arrangements, spousal support or alimony if applicable, and of course, the notorious process of property division. The latter in particular can lead to heated debates, as the outcome of your property division arrangements could have long-term financial and personal consequences.