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Ways to stop a divorce from becoming a battle

Monterey residents who have gone through the divorce process understand how challenging it can be. Many have compared it to a minefield that can have a dramatic effect on a person's emotions. The scars that are created in the aftermath of a divorce can last for the rest of a person's life.

When people talk about divorce, they often use terms that would otherwise be used in war. They talk about the winner and the loser, legal and financial battles, and failure and conflict. The ironic thing is that the people who now view each other as enemy combatants were not too long ago in love with each other. They may have had children together and built a home, and they saw a future together.

What you could learn from Jeff Bezos’ divorce

For the Amazon-founding billionaire and his soon-to-be former wife, it may have been good for Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos to have had a prenuptial agreement, or prenup. Though it may be too soon to determine how much a settlement and support arrangement will cost the richest man in the world, there is an estimated $136 billion at stake.

How a prenup could help ease tensions in divorce

Considerations re domestic abuse in California family law matters

Many areas of law embrace subject matter that both instantly and materially sets them apart from other legal realms.

Take your pick, really. Environmental law comes to mind (a prominent focus in California). Securities regulation, insurance defense, medical malpractice, estate planning – all these legal subsets and more spell singular concerns for clients and their retained legal counsel.

Dividing child custody after a divorce

For many divorcing parents in California, joint custody is a popular choice for co-parenting arrangements. Increasingly preferred by family courts, most joint custody plans allow children to enjoy roughly equal amounts of time with each parent. While splitting custody can pose emotional and logistical difficulties for all family members, it can also help to support children's emotional development and adjustment process after a family divorce. There are a number of factors to keep in mind when parents develop a parenting plan to manage the children's schedules.

There are a number of people's needs to take into account when making decisions about child custody. Parents' employment schedules and obligations may point toward certain choices for a logical parenting plan, but it can be just as important to consider the children's schedules. For example, extracurricular activities, time with friends and hobbies are important to take into account. The parenting plan should put the child's needs and interests first, and setting aside clear time for these important activities can help kids to adjust to the new plan. Especially for older children, it can also be important to give them a chance to share their thoughts on the plan and be part of the process.

New California law allows pet owners to seek custody in a divorce

California passed a new law that treats pets as part of the family, rather than a piece of property. According to The San Diego Union-Tribune, owners can seek sole or joint ownership of their pets in court. The decision will be based on who can best care for the pet.

Care includes protecting your pet from harm and providing food, shelter and veterinary care. The law also stipulates that one spouse can seek an order to care for the pet until the divorce is finalized.

Can you Succeed in Divorce

We spend a lot of time talking about how to "get through" a divorce, but what about coming out on top? Is it possible to "succeed" at divorce? The editors at HuffPost think so, and we agree. With the help of an experienced family divorce attorney, you can "win" divorce.

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