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When the best option might be divorce

If couples can think about divorce as a change in their relationship rather than a failure, they might be able to better navigate the divorce process. For people in California who are considering a divorce, there may be a few circumstances in which it is the best choice. Sometimes, particularly if it is possible to end the relationship amicably, it could be better for the children as well.

Factors that may lead to divorce

Education, family history of divorce and even the cost of the wedding are among the factors that may affect the likelihood of divorce among California couples, according to a number of different studies. Couples who finish college are more likely to stay together longer than those who dropped out of college or only have a high school diploma. People whose biological parents divorced, even if they are adopted, are also more vulnerable to divorce. Finally, couples who spend less than $1,000 on a wedding have the lowest divorce rates while those who spend more than $20,000 have the highest.

Child support the most common reason for wage garnishment

A study released recently by a leading business services firm reveals that delinquent child support obligations are the most common reason for wage garnishments. According to the ADP Research Institute, about 7 percent of the workers in California and around the country have some sort of court-ordered payment deducted from their paychecks. The research was based on an analysis of the confidential payroll data of 12 million American workers.

Strategies for dealing with a hostile ex in a divorce

California couples who decide to proceed with a divorce usually desire an amicable resolution. While this is ideal, it is not always possible, particularly when one of the spouses is hostile and willing to create more conflict. However, there are some things a spouse can do to deal with the situation and prevent it from escalating.

Divorce more likely in travel, nightlife careers

California bartenders, flight attendants and others who work in professions that involve either nightlife or a lot of travel might be more likely to get a divorce than people whose jobs do not have these elements. FlowingData released information from the 2015 American Community Survey indicating that professions with the lowest rates of divorce include actuaries, scientists and software developers.

The requirements for making alimony tax-deductible

As part of a divorce, California residents may be required to make alimony or spousal support payments to their ex-spouses. This requirement often occurs when the ex-spouse stays home to raise the children or otherwise leaves his or her career to take care of household duties. In many cases, those who are required to pay alimony can deduct the payments on their tax returns.

Child support and modern DNA paternity testing

California is a jurisdiction where genetic testing tends to become a focal point of major courtroom disputes. In an ongoing probate battle over the estate of Mexican pop music legend Juan Gabriel, who passed away last year while on tour, a court has been considering requests for DNA paternity testing from two litigants who claim to be biological children of the late crooner. This requests for DNA testing are more common in family court, particularly in relation to child support and custody disputes.

How to decide where to live after a divorce

A marital home may have a lot of sentimental value to a California resident. It may have even more perceived value to parents who are looking to provide a sense of comfort for their children. Therefore, in a divorce, their first thought may be to either ask for the house in the settlement or buy it from the other spouse.

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