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Taking steps to prepare for a process you never planned to face

When you and your spouse chose to enter a marriage, you likely did so with every intention of staying together for the remainder of your lives. However, with studies indicating that as many as half of all marriages result in divorce, until death do us part might not always be the outcome.

While making the decision to divorce can be a stressful and emotional process, in some cases, it could also be the healthiest decision for everyone. Even if you feel that taking separate paths is the healthiest option, you might still find it challenging to prepare yourself for what comes next.

Bringing up the topic of divorce may set precedence for case

When your marriage started having issues, you may have thought that you could work through the problems. Both you and your spouse may have tried a great deal, but you may not be seeing any improvement. As a result, you have found yourself considering divorce time and time again.

Now that you have decided that ending the marriage is the best course of action, you may have many concerns, particularly because your marriage involves a considerable amount of wealth. You may want to do your best to keep your divorce from involving an unnecessary amount of conflict and from diminishing that wealth. Therefore, you may find yourself wanting to broach the topic of divorce with your spouse in the best way possible.

When divorcing, businesses need valuating

The value of a business can play a major role in many aspects of the company. Knowing the value could prove important if someone wants to buy the company or when considering other possible business ventures and the potential impacts such moves could have overall. Of course, another situation in which this information proves vital is during divorce.

Whether you own the company, co-own with a spouse or have no direct dealings with your spouse's business, its value can impact the terms of your divorce settlement. Therefore, you will certainly want to make sure that you understand the importance of obtaining a business valuation.

Navigating the complexities of custody matters for unwed fathers

Sometimes California fathers find it necessary to fight for their rightful role in the lives of their children. Biological parents have certain rights, including the right to have an active and strong relationship with their kids. If the law does not currently recognize you as the legal father, fighting for your parental rights can be complicated. 

If you are a father who is not married to the mother of your children and you are dealing with concerns over paternity, your right to parenting time or other factors related to the well-being of your kids, it may be necessary to explore how to legally establish paternity. Fathers have rights, and it may be necessary to seek help as you fight to protect yours.

A prenuptial agreement offers protection for your business

Your business is important to you for many reasons. You have probably invested a lot of yourself into its success. Like most California business owners, you have sacrificed personal time, energy and money into growing your company. Now that you are getting married, your dream may be to continue growing and to pass your vision to your future children. Hard as it may be to imagine at this joyous and optimistic time in your life, there is one thing that can shatter your dreams: divorce.

It is likely the last thing you want to think about, but as a business owner, you know the importance of assessing and dealing with potential risks. If your company continues successfully, a divorce court will likely consider that increase in value to be marital property, which you will divide with your spouse. Additionally, marital debt may complicate your divorce if your spouse's creditors see your business as an asset to claim. By not having a prenuptial agreement, you may place yourself and your employees in jeopardy.

Virtual visitation: When you can't be there in person

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Any separation from your children after a divorce may be difficult on you and your children. You and your former spouse may have decided to co-parent, but that does not mean that you will get to see the children in person as often as you would like.

Fortunately, we live in a time when technology brings people closer together and makes the world seem smaller. Virtual visitation is becoming a real thing, and you may want to negotiate it into your parenting plan.

If your assets go up in value, you may appreciate a lawyer's help

Everyone hopes that the assets he or she possesses will increase in value over time. Whether it's real estate, art, collectables, a business venture or stock portfolio, everyone hopes to see a return on his or her investment. In this way, one can hope to increase one's net worth and enjoy the fruits of wise and/or fortunate acquisitions.

If you're going through a divorce, suddenly those increased values can become an incredibly important aspect of the proceedings. You may be wondering who will get to keep the assets and what role an increased value might play in determining the division of assets. Property division in California is an iceberg of which most people only see the tip. Here is a look that probes a little further below the surface.

Can divorce mediation help with addressing disputes?

Divorce can be tough even in the most amicable of situations. This is especially the case when there is a lot on the line in the way of assets and property. Fortunately, mediation for divorcing couples can be a helpful solution for addressing divorce disputes in the state of California.

Can I Afford To Leave Him?

You may have felt like your marriage has been over for quite some time, but there's one thing stopping you from making the move: you don't think you can afford to make it on your own.

If there are kids involved, the financial woes seem even worse. Not only are you worried about the financial impact ten years down the road, but what about the time between today and a finalized divorce?

Using a prenup to protect assets after marriage

As Californians who are contemplating marriage may know, practical considerations might come into play before the nuptials are legalized. This may include deciding if a prenuptial agreement might be a good idea.

Because California is a community property state, all property accrued during a marriage is subject to division in divorce proceedings. However, the issue might become complicated in regards to what constitutes separate property and other factors that can influence how much each partner can keep. Having a prenuptial agreement in place may help avoid such complications.

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