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How will you ask your spouse for a divorce?

After many years of trying to make your marriage work, you've finally come to the conclusion that divorce is the only way out.

Although you may be interested in this, it's hard to say exactly how your spouse feels. This is why asking your spouse for a divorce can be one of the most difficult things you ever do.

The factors that impact the amount of alimony paid

Nobody wants to go through a divorce, but if you find yourself in this position you shouldn't hesitate to look toward the future. In many ways, this means focusing on your finances.

What steps can you take today to ensure that you're in good financial standing in the months to come?

Signs that your spouse is hiding assets in a divorce

One of the most common illegal activities in divorce cases is one spouse hiding assets from the other to cheat the person from receiving the full division of property deserved. Although this is usually relevant to couples in which one spouse handles all the finances, it's also possible when both are involved or even have a joint business. These are the warning signs to look for to determine if your spouse is hiding assets from you. If any apply to your situation, hire an attorney to help you locate the assets so you receive a fair and honest divorce settlement.

The court will decide how much child support is due

There are times when parents can't agree as to how much money should be paid to take care of a child or children. In this case, the court will have to step in and make a final decision.

In short, the judge must decide on an amount based on a variety of factors. In California, there is a formula in place to calculate how much one parent should pay the other in child support.

How to separate your finances before filing for divorce

Divorce can be emotionally overwhelming and complex. You may be focused on still trying to make the marriage work or getting out as quickly as possible. You may worry about the future of any children you have with your spouse. These things are important, but you also need to remember your financial security to avoid making mistakes that will affect you and your family in the long term. Get started by separating your finances before filing for divorce.

How debt is divided in divorce

Many of the legal aspects of divorce focus on splitting assets and custody of children if applicable. However, property division not only includes what you own but also what you owe. You have to divide your debt as well. Although you both are responsible for any debt you incurred while married, paying it isn't as simple as splitting the balance 50/50. There are many considerations for dividing debt in divorce in California to make it as fair and smart as possible.

Do I have to let my teen go live with her Dad?

Divorced parents of teens may suddenly find that custody arrangements that have fit their children's needs seem to be experiencing growing pains right along with their children. Right about the time of the teen years is when it is very common to undergo modifications to the child custody plan.

That's not to say that your teen is suddenly the one who is in charge of all things custody-related. But as kids grow up, their needs and interests change. It's understandable that custody arrangements might need to be tweaked to accommodate these inevitable signs of growth and maturity.

How to divorce a narcissist

Have you and your spouse decided to move on from your relationship? Are you concerned about what the future will bring, as your soon to be ex-spouse is a narcissist?

If you find yourself in this position, it's important to take all the right steps. If you don't, you could drive yourself crazy while giving the other person all the power they need to continue to control your life.

How Separation Can Hurt You Financially

When a marriage is in trouble and both partners are unable to live together any longer but not ready to file for divorce, separation is often their choice. Separation serves an important need. In a sense, it allows both partners to go to their corners, regroup and figure out the next step. Sometimes, you just need some breathing room.

Reconciliation may happen quickly, once conflicts are resolved-or, the issues can remain, leaving each of you in limbo. You may be holding out hope for the marriage, and not want to act suddenly. Or you may be done with the marriage, but not ready to admit it to yourself and others. No matter how long you've been married, nobody wants to accept that the relationship is no longer working. So you drag your feet. Perhaps you stay separated for several months. Then the months turn into a year. You know this isn't perfect, but it's working out. But there are several pitfalls to a long-term, unofficial separation. Without knowing it, you could be setting yourself up to lose quite a bit by not filing for divorce and cementing a deal for yourself.

Using a prenuptial agreement for an idea

For many years, people have been using a prenuptial agreement as a way to protect assets that they bring into a marriage. While this is still commonplace, the younger generation is considering something else.

There is a trend in prenuptial agreements in which people use this legal document to protect intangible property.

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