Solana Beach Family Law Blog

High asset divorce, regular divorce have a wide range of causes

When engaged couples in California decide to marry, they typically anticipate that their marital unions will last a long time. Of course, life happens, and sometimes, irreconcilable differences end up driving two spouses apart. Research shows that a tenth of people who are 15 years old or older have experienced high asset divorce or regular divorce situations and remain unmarried in the United States. Married couples decide to break up for numerous reasons, but here is a glimpse at some common ones.

Based on a recent study, the majority of divorced individuals broke up with their spouses because they were no longer committed to them. Specifically, 75 percent of participants in the study mentioned this as the reason for their marital breakups. Another common reason to get divorced is apparently infidelity, with around 59 percent of people citing this in the research study.

Child custody does not have to be a source of conflict

One of the most difficult aspects of divorce for many couples is figuring out how to minimize the impact of the process on their children. Fortunately, parents in California can take steps to reduce conflict between themselves when dealing with child custody and visitation issues. This can, in turn, have a positive impact on the children long-term.

Recent research showed that parents who are getting divorced may benefit from compartmentalizing their relationships with each other from their interactions with the children. This is because this might prevent a tumultuous relationship with an ex from affecting the children. This indicates that, even if two exes cannot get along well after the divorce is finalized, they can still have a decent co-parenting relationship if they separate their feelings about each other from the way in which they parent and interact with the children.

Fewer couples choosing between divorce mediation and trial

Research shows that the rate of marital dissolution is declining, and the millennial generation's tendency to keep their marriages intact may be the reason why. Specifically, 18 percent fewer couples in 2018 versus 2008 had to go through divorce litigation or choose an alternative dispute resolution process, such as divorce mediation. Here are a few reasons why millennials in California and elsewhere are not as quick to get divorced as people from the older generations are.

First, many millennials are deciding to cohabitate before getting married. This gives them an idea of what it will be like to live with the other party after the wedding day. If things do not work out, they can split up without financial strings attached, with only the strongest relationships -- and thus those more likely to last -- making it to the marriage stage.

High asset divorce differs from typical divorce proceeding

The financial aspect of the dissolution of a marriage can be intimidating no matter how few assets or how many assets a couple may have in California. However, the more assets a couple has, the more complicated the property division process may become. Here is a look at a couple of specific reasons why a high asset divorce is not like a typical divorce.

First, in a typical divorce proceeding, a couple may have assets like money and even 401(k) savings to divide. However, in a high asset divorce, a couple is more likely to have a large amount of their wealth in stocks. In recent years, many wealthy individuals have taken advantage of stock options provided to them by quickly expanding companies.

Consider these visitation schedules if you can't decide

For parents who have to decide on a visitation schedule, it can sometimes be difficult to determine what the right schedule is. Sometimes, a single schedule has to have different arrangements during times of the year when a child is in school or when a holiday is coming up.

As someone who is just starting to look into custody and visitation schedules, there are a few that you should look into first. Getting to know some of the options can help you begin to design a schedule that is right for your situation and your child.

Property division, other divorce issues can be handled amicably

Divorce is commonly thought to be a hostile process that leaves the two parties involved feeling bitter. However, it is indeed possible for those going through divorce to handle matters such as property division and child custody amicably. Here are some mistakes that often cause unnecessary conflict during these family law proceedings in California.

First, many people treat the process as a battle that they do not want to lose. However, it may go more smoothly if they try to find compassion in the situation. People naturally change over time, so they are not the same individuals at the time of a divorce proceeding as they were on the wedding day. The more that the parties involved acknowledge this, the more understanding and respectful they may be toward one another. This can make the divorce proceeding easier for them both and, in turn, make the process easier for any children involved.

Less attractiveness may lead to divorce, property division issues

A number of issues may drive a couple in California to get divorced, including infidelity or monetary struggles, but another factor in some marital breakups is the spouses' different levels of attractiveness. Research reveals that when men marry more beautiful partners, they have a higher chance of getting divorced, in which case, they will have to tackle matters like property division and alimony. This may be the case because their partners are not be as committed to them.

Based on new research, people are generally drawn to more attractive individuals. At the same time, they understand that they are more likely to draw people who share similar levels of attraction as them. This is why many people get married to those who are about as attractive as they are.

Steps may help couple prior to divorce, property division

When two individuals choose to get married, they may look forward to years of marital bliss. However, not long after the wedding, the reality of marital conflict may set in, and they might begin to desire the single life again. Eventually, the pair may end up getting divorced, at which point they will need to address divorce issues such as property division. Still, they might benefit from taking a couple of steps to resolve their relationship challenges before moving forward with divorce in California.

First, the two spouses may want to pursue divorce counseling immediately. The problem that many couples face, however, is that by the time they start counseling, many of their negative emotions as well as their damaging behaviors have already become established. In this situation, counselors may have a harder time helping married couples to communicate in a positive manner and to effectively address their resentment toward each other.

Include these 4 important sections in your parenting plan

Parenting plans can be difficult to create, but they're an important part of any divorce involving children. With the right parenting plan, both parents know exactly what to expect. They know where their children will be at all times, and they know what to expect during special events and holidays.

Parenting plans aren't only there to set up a basic custody or visitation schedule. They also have important information about unexpected situations, like if your child gets sick or hurt. Here's a little more about what you should include in your parenting plan.

Property division, child custody essential divorce considerations

Even when a divorce proceeding is relatively amicable, the process of figuring out issues like property division or alimony can be complicated and often overwhelming. Those who are planning to end their marriage in California might want to take into consideration a couple of critical factors related to divorce before moving forward. Like many other things in life, being prepared for what lays ahead helps reduce surprises and avoid unnecessary pitfalls.

First, what will happen to the children? The reality is that the children of the divorced parents will spend their time in more than one household going forward. This may be hard for some divorced parents who are used to seeing their children every day of the year, including on holidays. During the divorce process, the parents will need to arrive make decisions about dividing and alternating their holidays from one year to the next.

In Solana Beach and throughout the greater San Diego area, Ratzer Family Law is your best choice for experienced representation with personalized service. Contact us online or call 858-925-8099 today.

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