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How California parents can successfully co-parent

California parents who have been through divorce and are struggling to co-parent their teenaged children should be aware of several tips to help make things easier for their kids. Divorce is hard on ex-couples, but it also profoundly affects teenagers, who often are already struggling with the daily trials of adolescence, such as hormonal and physical changes that may already lead to mood swings and depression.

The dischargeability of debts in bankruptcy

When a debtor in California files for bankruptcy, they generally assume that all their debts will be discharged or forgiven. However, this isn't true in all cases. A North Carolina court has provided some guidance for creditors seeking exemptions for instances when debtors aren't entirely honest.

Studies find complex relationship between income, divorce

California couples may look at their incomes, which of them makes more money and the size of the disparity to predict one risk factor in their marriage. Studies have indicated that most Americans still tend to think men and not women should be the family breadwinners. However, the percentage of women in cohabiting relationships who earn half or more of the income had increased to almost 33% by 2017 compared to 13% in 1981.

How courts determine spousal support payments

Like all states, California has its own laws for determining spousal support. Individual courts may take a variety of factors into account. These include the needs of the spouse receiving support, the other spouse's ability to pay, how long the marriage has lasted, and the couple's lifestyle, age and health. The court may also consider any non-marital assets and whether the couple has children under 18.

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