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July 2018 Archives

Changing a California spousal support order

If you are divorced, living in California and are either paying or receiving spousal support, your situation may change at some point, which may lead you to wonder about changing your existing spousal support order. Maybe you were paying a certain amount in support, but you have since lost your job. Or maybe you have been receiving support but have reason to feel as if the amount you are getting is insufficient. Regardless of your reasoning for desiring a change in spousal support, the process for requesting a change remains the same.

More young people are choosing prenuptial agreements

Prenuptial agreements have risen in popularity in California and across the country for people of all ages. However, a particular increase has been evident among the millennial generation. People between the ages of 18 and 34 are more likely to seek a prenup before getting married, according to the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. This recent uptick in interest follows an ongoing trend as the use of prenuptial agreements has multiplied fivefold in the past 20 years. The increase in prenup interest has accompanied an overall decline in marriage interest; only 42 percent of millennials identify marriage as a goal in life.

Damages for distress may be available in willful violation cases

At least four of the U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeals, including the 9th Circuit that includes California, have ruled that damages for emotional distress may be warranted in cases of a willful violation of a bankruptcy's automatic stay. The purpose of the automatic stay of collection efforts is to provide the bankruptcy petitioner with a breathing spell and temporarily relieve them of the financial pressures that led to the bankruptcy.

Developing parenting schedules

California parents who are no longer together will have to create a parenting schedule that can help their child get accustomed to their new reality. Allocating the responsibilities of child custody is an important part of developing an efficient parenting schedule, but it can also be used to show the children that their parents are willing to work with one another to prioritize the well-being of their children.

Getting a divorce can reduce satisfaction with life

California couples who are preparing for divorce may already be aware that the process can have an impact on their finances moving forward. What they may not know, however, is that going through a divorce may actually be bad for their health. According to a study published in the Annals of Behavioral Medicine, those who get a divorce are more likely to pick up smoking or reduce their amount of physical activity.

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