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The biggest challenge women face after divorce involves money

When couples in California go through a divorce, they will face a variety of challenges. Women tend to experience challenges in a different way than men, especially when it comes to finances. In fact, money issues are ranked in first place when it comes to women's concerns after divorce, which is even higher than concerns related to their children.

The advantages and pitfalls of a strategic divorce

Wealthy couples in California and around the country sometimes go through what is known a strategic divorce. This is a divorce that's filed by spouses who still have a happy relationship but would be better off financially if they were single. The number of strategic divorces increased after the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act in 2018, and analysts expect another surge in strategic divorce filings if the tax plans proposed by politicians such as Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren are implemented. However, there are situations where spouses with more moderate means may wish to consider a strategic divorce.

Helping kids handle custody changes

When parents in California separate or divorce, many are committed to staying fully present in the lives of their children. Joint or shared custody is increasingly common so that each parent has around half of the time with the kids. However, while joint custody can be extremely beneficial for children's emotional development and well-being, it can also come with complex situations during custody transfers. When kids move from one house to another, the process can be difficult and emotionally challenging. It is important for families to take steps to prepare for positive custody swaps in order to make them a better experience for kids.

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.

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