If 2019 is going to bring remarriage for you, you're likely confident that you're going into this union wiser than you were when you tied the knot the first time. That's probably true. One way to get off to a smart start on your marriage -- at least financially -- is to get a prenuptial agreement.
This year's annual report from 24/7 Wall St. on the cost of getting divorced in each state found something likely not surprising to Californians: We ranked Number 1. After all, we have the third highest cost of living in the country. The states with the highest overall cost of living typically have more expensive divorces -- although not in every case.
Thanks to a new law signed by outgoing Gov. Jerry Brown, beginning in the new year, pets will be considered more than "property" by judges deciding which spouse gets them in a divorce. Judges are directed to consider who can better care for the animal. There's also guidance in the law about making provisions for the pet's "custody" while the terms of the divorce are being worked out.
At this point, the divorce of superstar couple Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt has lasted about as long as they were together as a married couple. Interestingly, the Los Angeles County judge who married them in France in 2014 is also overseeing the divorce. His position jurisdiction over the case has been extended until the end of next year.
The decision to end your marriage is not an easy one. Even if you know you want out, you may be hesitant to get a divorce. Perhaps you and your spouse have already moved on, living separate lives but legally still married.
When you and your spouse are dividing assets in a divorce, your vehicles are likely not among your primary concerns. Likely, you've got assets worth far more. However, if you agreed to cosign on a car loan for your spouse or your spouse did that for you, you probably don't want to continue to have your names on that loan together.