If you and your spouse returned from vacation last month contemplating divorce, you're in good company. As it turns out, divorce tends to be cyclical and peaks in March and August.
When you find yourself in the throes of divorce -- either willingly or unwillingly -- there are many decisions you will have to make, both now and in the future.
There's a new trend in Orange County and around the country -- divorce parties. You may have attended some. If you are newly divorced, should you consider throwing your own?
Sometimes parents have to think outside of the box when determining workable custody arrangements. One of the more unusual forms that some families have adopted is know as "bird's nest custody."
Sadly, divorce tends to bring out the worst in some spouses. Some may attempt to lie under oath, either in depositions or in the courtroom. Still others try to get more than their fair share of the marital assets by stashing cash in secret accounts or intentionally devaluing or dissipating community property.
Divorcing couples have certain hot-button topics, and custody of the kids and ownership of the family home are two common ones that prove to be sticking points. In the latter, sometimes fighting over the house can wind up being a pointless exercise in frustration.
Before heading off into marital bliss, it's important to get to know your prospective spouse and his or her views on important matters.
A Qualified Domestic Relations Order (QDRO) is frequently required when going through a divorce. They are generally used by the court to resolve three main issues: issues regarding the living maintenance for both people after they have divorced, to maintain the lifestyle of a child when their parents are not together, and to divide assets in the divorce process.
To may pet owners, their dog or cat is a beloved member of the family. But when divorce looms on the horizon, they are startled to realize that Fideaux or Puffy is considered just another piece of property not subject to custodial agreements.
If the thought of facing the holidays for the first time as a single parent has you ready to curl into a ball to hibernate until the festivities are all over, you're in good company.