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Returning to the workforce after divorce

When you and your spouse decided to start a family, you may have agreed that staying at home was best. The reasons may vary and include the high cost of day care and a desire to give your child a constant parental influence.

However, now that the marriage is ending, you can no longer afford to stay home. No matter what age your children, you can make a successful transition from stay-at-home parent to a professional with a few tips.

Is my ex hiding assets during our divorce?

While it's the duty of the court to decide the equitable distribution of marital property during a divorce, hidden assets will be left out of the process. As a result, your ex may be privy to an unfair share of assets, which is both unethical and illegal. While it can be difficult to uncover hidden assets, Forbes explains a few of the methods spouses typically use. 

As soon as divorce is on the table, spouses should take stock of all marital property and assets. It's best to get the process started as soon as possible to prevent your ex from covering his or her tracks. Once you have an accurate inventory, you can compare it to other documents to see if there are any discrepancies. For instance, tax returns are a rich source of information regarding a couple's marital property.

How does divorce affect children?

Even the most amicable divorces can have a negative impact on children. This has much to do with the changing family dynamic, which can cause stress and emotional issues for children of all ages. Being able to recognize common problems is the first step to adequately addressing them with your child, according to Very Well Family

Academic achievement is important for children to excel during their adult years. Unfortunately, many divorces have a direct impact on academics in a number of ways. Kids of divorced parents are more likely to experience issues with absences. They're also more likely to score lower on tests used to identify their grasp on lessons. These children even have higher rates of dropout, which can have a disastrous effect on future prospects. 

Starting a new job and divorce

There are many different changes which can bring on a divorce, whether someone’s affair comes to light or someone verbally or physically abuses their spouse (even though this behavior is not reflective of how the person would normally behave). Sometimes, a divorce may even be the result of a major life change that was initially seen as something positive, such as moving into a new home or starting a new job. In this post, we will examine some of the different reasons why starting a new job can result in a divorce.

Although starting new jobs can bring financial incentives and relieve concerns, they can also generate new problems and cause a considerable amount of stress. For example, some people need to move for their job, while others may have difficulty adjusting to their new schedule. Many other job-related hurdles can arise, such as conflict with co-workers and employers or being taken advantage of due to employee rights violations. Sometimes, people become abusive in their personal relationships as a result of what they are experiencing in the workplace.

Internet addiction and divorce

Our law office understands that there are many different reasons why marriages fail. In some instances, there may be multiple factors behind a couple’s decision to end their marriage. For example, they may decide to move on as a result of financial challenges and a partner’s affair. In the digital era, the internet presents additional challenges for married couples, and the use of technology can place strain on a marital relationship. In some instances, it may even result in the breakdown of a relationship, with one spouse or both spouses deciding that it is time to separate.

Some people become very addicted to the internet, whether they cannot stop playing PC games, are addicted to social media or use various apps on their phone far too often. This addiction can place a lot of strain on a marriage, and it may be the result of some other hardship (such as depression). Some people have a very hard time due to an internet addiction they struggle with, and like other addictions (drugs, alcohol use, gambling, etc.), spending too much time online can destroy relationships.

What a collaborative divorce looks like in California

Conflict resolution is never as important as it is during a divorce. With emotions running at their highest level, the chances of getting into arguments over every little issue are pretty good.

Going through the divorce process in court is not your only choice in California. Collaborative divorce allows parties to settle their differences with assistance and stay out of the courtroom. Deciding to go this route may mean the emotional focus shifts from combative to compromising.

Divorce, stepchildren and child custody

Parents who are going through a divorce may be dealing with various stressors, from financial concerns as a result of property division or child support to emotional worries regarding their children’s interests and their ability to spend time with their kids. For some parents, such as those who have recently adopted a child or have stepchildren, divorce can be especially concerning due to the custody process. If a bitter dispute arises, stepparents may worry that they will not have the ability to maintain a relationship with their stepchildren, and they may have uncertainty regarding other facets of family law (such as child support payments).

If you are a stepparent, it is vital to approach the custody process from the right angle. By doing so, you may be able to avoid problematic challenges and increase your odds of a more favorable outcome. There are so many factors that the court may take into consideration when trying to determine how child custody should be awarded, and if you are prepared for the process you may be able to present yourself properly and increase your chances of an outcome that is in your favor.

How can I improve communication with my ex?

Effectively co-parenting with your ex can seem like a constant uphill battle. While you both want what's best for your kids, you might also have a hard time finding common ground due to hurt and resentment caused by your split. Communicating effectively can make a big difference in this case, as explained by HelpGuide.org.

The way you frame statements to your ex can have quite an impact. For instance, instead of demanding your former spouse do something, try making it a request instead. You can also solicit his or her opinion from time to time. While you'll probably disagree, asking for your ex's opinion shows that your value their input when it comes to child-rearing. 

How can I get away from an emotionally abusive relationship?

Emotional mistreatment is often a component of abusive relationships. It can be challenging for many survivors to overcome the damage caused by their abuser, especially when it comes to rebuilding self-esteem and self-confidence. Very Well Mind offers the following advice on coping with an emotionally abusive relationship and the steps you can take to regain control over your life.

Boundaries are crucial when dealing with an abuser. However, you must be willing to stick with your boundaries when they're breached. If you tell your partner that you won't tolerate insults or belittling language in the future, be willing to make good on your promise. This is the first step in rending control from your abuser. Next, have an honest talk with yourself about the nature of your relationship and your partner. 

Why a Facebook divorce is a really bad idea

At Trabolsi | Levy | Gabbard LLP here in California, we represent many clients seeking a divorce. One of the main things we always counsel them about is the fact that they should be extremely careful about what they post on Facebook and other social media during their divorce.

Unfortunately, if you cannot get through your day without checking Facebook, et al numerous times, you, too, have become “addicted” to this modern way to keep up with your family and friends. While constant Facebook posting need not ruin your life, FindLaw cautions that posting too much of the wrong kinds of information can come back to haunt you during your divorce. Why? Because your soon-to-be former spouse and his or her attorney can, and likely will, use it against you in court.

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