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A divorce doesn't have to get ugly

California couples split up every day, but it doesn't have to get petty or ugly. While most discussion of divorce boils down to one side winning or losing, the reality is that it's entirely possible for two adults to collaborate. Here are a few tips that can help minimize the scars of an ugly divorce.

Common reasons why marriages come to an end

While the divorce rate is declining in general, it is still not uncommon for people in California and throughout the country to see their marriages end. However, there are many different reasons why this may be the case. For instance, some felt that they didn't spend enough time in marriage counseling or similar educational programs. Another reason why people get divorced has to do with their relationships with their spouse's family.

Exploring prenuptial agreements for students

Many couples in California prefer to exchange "I dos" during the more relaxed days of summer. College and grad students, however, tend to swap vows during the first few weeks of the new year when they have some time between semesters and other obligations. While many younger couples may have an assortment of things on their pre-marriage to-do list, a prenuptial agreement might not be one of them. Still, it's a document that can provide added security and peace of mind.

New law views pets as more than physical property in divorce

The New Year has ushered in a law that reforms how judges can consider disputes over pets in divorce cases in California. Prior to Jan. 1, courts treated pets as physical property, but animal advocates viewed that legal definition as inadequate for living creatures with feelings. The new law gives judges the ability to think about an animal's best interests.

Making the smart move with a marital home

Deciding what to do with a marital home can be a sticking point in a divorce. In some California divorce cases, one person chooses to keep the home or is given the home as part of a settlement. There are many issues that should be considered before a person asks for the marital home. First, that person should decide if keeping the house is feasible from a financial perspective.

The benefits of a prenuptial agreement

When California couples plan for marriage, they may not want to think about divorce at the same time. This is why many avoiding mentioning prenuptial agreements. However, prenups aren't just a method of divorce planning; they are a way to come to agreements about key principles of the practical and legal relationships that accompany marriage. In addition, prenups can be useful for many people of modest or average means to determine the items that are most valuable to them.

Dealing with divorce's financial consequences

When people in California decide to divorce, they may be particularly concerned about the long-term financial effects of ending their marriages. Even after the emotional and practical issues have been sorted out successfully, the financial aftereffects of divorce can linger for years later. By keeping some tips and strategies in mind, people can help to minimize the associated risk and keep their financial goals in place.

Divorce rates could be influenced by premarital cohabitation

Couples in California who decide to live together before they marry may also be more likely to divorce, according to one study. Researchers found that people who live together before marriage are more likely to face some types of challenges, including those that lead to the end of their marriage. In the first year of marriage, cohabitation is linked with a lower likelihood of divorce. However, researchers found that the risk of divorce rises with each other year. The study analyzed a sample of women aged 44 or younger who were married for the first time between 1970 and 2015 across the country.

Why divorce rates could be higher among wealthier couples

The Federal Reserve Board reports that couples who have a wide discrepancy in credit scores are more apt to get a divorce than those whose credit scores are more similar. Furthermore, individuals with higher credit scores are likelier to remain in committed relationships than those with lower ones. However, higher-income California couples might be more likely to divorce than those with lower incomes.

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