Integrative mediation is a new form of divorce mediation that might work well for you if you're going through a divorce. Shortened to IM, Integrative Mediation involves two or three professionals, like your attorneys and financial experts, to help guild you through divorce.
The end of a marriage is a difficult time for a couple. Even if you knew it was coming, it can be hard to finally let go and move on with your lives. On top of that, you'll have to go through the legal process of divorcing, which is more complex than if you were simply breaking up.
When you work long hours and depend on your parenting plan to be adhered to, nothing is more frustrating than having an ex-spouse who constantly wants to make changes. You may have it set up where you watch your child on weekends due to your excessive workload, or you may have arrangements for the other parent to pick them up from school when you're on the job.
If you've just begun the process of searching for an attorney to help you through your divorce, you may be overwhelmed by the choices. There's no shortage of family law attorneys here in Southern California. So how do you select the one who's right for you?
How long the divorce process takes depends on a number of factors, including how many issues spouses are in dispute over and the complexity of the assets and debts they're dividing. Until the papers are signed and the divorce is final, there are things you can't do, at least without the authorization of the court, and also things you're required to do.
If you're seriously considering or in the preparation stages of filing for divorce in these early weeks of the new year, you're not alone. January has long been known as "Divorce Month."
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.
People who have an ownership stake in an established business when they get married typically are advised to get a prenuptial agreement to protect their share of the business should they divorce. However, even if your business idea is still a dream, you should protect it with a prenup.
Not all celebrity divorces end up in ugly, drawn-out court battles, even when there are considerable assets to be divided. Particularly when there are children involved, many famous couples, like most regular folks, just want to end the marriage and move on with their lives.