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The role of religion in child custody

If you are getting a divorce from your child's other parent and the two of you do not share the same religious persuasion, it can create some challenges.

For instance, maybe you have never given much thought to religion and don't follow any at all. But your soon-to-be ex-spouse may be a born-again evangelical Christian who wants to bring your daughter up in their church.

Can your marriage survive quarantine?

With the statewide mandatory shelter in place order, many California couples are about to get a serious dose of togetherness. For some married couples who are still in the lovey-dovey phase of their relationships, it might be exciting.

But for many others who are struggling to go the distance with their respective spouses, all this down-time with one another might be the straw that breaks the back of the marital camel.

Can't afford your child support? You may be able to lower it

If you are a parent who is paying child support, you want to do right by your child. You want to make sure that they have all they need to thrive in life.

But sometimes, you can experience adverse events in your life that make your child support obligation impossible to continue meeting. You don't want to fall into arrears, but you don't know what you can do. What happens next?

Are you having to raise your own grandchildren?

One of the delights of being a grandparent is being able to nurture and develop a special relationship with your grandchildren. You look forward to opportunities to introduce them to family memories and fun activities you shared with your own children when they were young. You delight in spoiling them when they are with you.

But, for the over 300,000 grandparents in California who are rearing their grandchildren, that is not your reality. Instead, those 65 and older who have taken on this responsibility find their so-called "golden years" are occupied with things like diaper changes and PTA meetings.

Fight for the child support your kids need

If you and your ex had a particularly acrimonious bust-up, you may be tempted to let them off the hook on paying child support simply to get them out of your and your children's lives.

But that would be an unfortunate mistake. For one, your children deserve the best life possible. Financial assistance via child support can enhance their standard of living and provide them with opportunities like private schools and music lessons.

Do you or your spouse have these jobs? Divorce may be ahead

Marriages can be a delicate balance of perseverance and compromise. Many different factors can contribute to the demise of a marriage. But for some spouses, their occupations could be the straw that breaks the back of their domestic bliss.

Below are the top five occupations most likely to lead to divorce court.

Can my business survive my divorce?

Divorce has a lot of adverse effects, and most affect your personal life. But if you are the owner of a business, it could also have a deleterious effect on your company.

If you want to avoid just that, below are some ways you can protect your company and yourself in the event of divorce.

Know when it's time to modify your custody order

If you divorced when your kids were very young, as they grow up, you may discover that the custody order needs to be adjusted to continue to meet their changing needs. These changes typically are made without too mush of a fuss from the parents or kids.

But there are other reasons for modifying a custody order that might cause some squawking. Here's how that might play out.

Keep your child's best interests foremost in divorce

As family law attorneys, we have certainly seen some down and dirty custody battles emerge. But we always caution our clients to avoid rolling around in the mud with their exes over the divorce. These attempts to smear your ex can often wind up getting you just as dirty.

But there are other reasons, too, for rising above your marital issues and taking the high road in your divorce. The No. 1 reason is that particularly acrimonious divorces are much harder on the children.

Has your divorce given you the blues?

There is no doubt about it — divorce can be a very wrenching, emotional experience for the parties involved. The same is true even if you were the spouse who initiated the divorce action in the first place.

Especially around the holidays, divorcing spouses may get a serious case of the blues. If your ex is already dating or has gotten involved in a new relationship, that can make it even harder to accept the status quo of your newly single life. You may not be able to imagine that you will ever again re-couple or even get used to your life as a divorced person.

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