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Businesses and divorce in California

If California residents own a business, especially if they started it before they were married, they may assume that the organization is automatically going to be awarded to them during a divorce. However, the reality is that since a business is an asset with value, it is considered a marital asset, so the owner's spouse has a claim on at least part of it.

Avoiding common divorce mistakes with a checklist

Going through a divorce in California can be an emotionally draining and stressful process, and this can sometimes lead to pressing matters being rushed or neglected. One way to avoid common divorce pitfalls is to compile a checklist of important matters to attend to. Preparing this kind of list gives spouses a clear picture of where they stand and may provide them with confidence as they enter into property division or child custody negotiations.

Rape and child custody rights in California

In 15 states across the nation, the law provides no support to a woman who becomes pregnant due to a rape. This means that she may have to share custody with the child's father, consult with him when making decisions about the child or even ask him for permission to put the child up or adoption. In many of the other 35 states, including California, a man may need to be convicted before his parental rights are terminated.

The downsides of self-representation in a divorce

Getting a divorce can be stressful for many California couples. Finances may be tight, emotions are running high and there is often a sense of wanting to get the process over with quickly. Unfortunately, in an attempt to control costs and to simplify matters, some individuals decide to not hire a divorce lawyer and to simply handle the matter themselves. While this occasionally works for some people, it can present significant problems for many. In fact, it may prove to be a big mistake.

Advantages of a prenuptial agreement

Couples in California may wonder whether they need a prenuptial agreement. There are a number of reasons that it may be a good idea. Many marriages do end in divorce, and without a prenuptial agreement, a person may be responsible for a portion of an estranged spouse's debts for years.

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