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Figuring out what to do with the house during a split

For many California couples going through the divorce process, the family home is the most valuable asset. Deciding what to do with it often becomes a major point of contention during property division negotiations. Couples have a few ways they can go about splitting up the home.

Minor issues do not need to cause a divorce

In California and across the United States, chances of getting divorced exist even before couples pronounce their wedding vows. Marriages may have better prospects for survival when each partner comprehends their unique personality characteristics that can lead to divorce. Even though every person has some bad habits, being accountable for them can yield positive results in a marriage. According to professional marriage counselors and family law attorneys, people can take control of their marriages by mastering their negative personality quirks.

Happy couples remain happy, study says

Happy newlyweds are more likely to remain happy couples. This seemingly uncontroversial finding was confirmed by a study involving 431 California couples who participated in a series of surveys to assess changes in marital satisfaction over time. Researchers noticed that most studies about marital happiness involved primarily middle-class, white couples and wanted a more diverse take on satisfaction in a relationship. In addition, they also wanted to measure the effect of socioeconomic status, identifying couples living in a lower-income area of Los Angeles County to participate in the study.

Mortgages after divorce

When couples in California divorce, asset division is often a primary concern. If the couple owns a house that has not yet been paid off, determining what happens to the property, as well as its mortgage, will be a major consideration in the divorce.

The challenges people face after a gray divorce

Divorce rates in California and around the country have not changed much in several decades, but the number of couples over the age of 50 choosing to end their marriages has risen sharply. Today, one in four divorces involves older spouses. In 1990, that figure was just one in 10. This trend shows no signs of slowing down, and it is raising concerns because people who end marriages after several decades often grapple with difficult emotional issues and sometimes face severe financial problems.

Common reasons for divorce are lack of love, communication issues

Researchers who asked more than 2,300 people why they got a divorce found that many couples have a lack of emotional satisfaction in their marriages. Rather than behavioral reasons, such as violence and addiction, exes pointed to psychological reasons, such as a lack of love or trust, that led the divorce. The study authors, who published their findings in the "Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy," reflected that this represented a shift in how marriage is perceived. Increasingly, people seek to be emotionally fulfilled in marriage. Many spouses in California may be willing to leave a relationship that does not provide that fulfillment.

Handling social media during a divorce

When it comes to handling social media during a divorce, the best approach is to avoid oversharing. Anything a California resident posts on social media can be used against them in a divorce. Even an amicable divorce can quickly become much less amicable if one spouse posts something inappropriate.

Unaffordable weddings may lead to divorce

California couples planning their weddings may find that financial planning can help them to avoid divorce later on. According to one study conducted by loan company LendingTree, taking on additional debt to pay for the expenses of a wedding ceremony is highly correlated with later financial tension and even divorce within a marriage.

Protecting children's interests if a second marriage fails

As second marriages increase throughout the country, many California residents have discovered that tension can build due to finances, particularly when the new spouses have children from prior marriages. Money can be a source of stress for most relationships; however, there are ways to prevent the tension building so much that it hurts the relationship.

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