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Divorce: Things that could signal the end of a marriage

Marriage can be difficult and every marriage has its own unique challenges to overcome. Some couples make it and some couples don't, that's just the way it is. In California, nearly half of all marriages will end in divorce. While some breakups come out of nowhere, there are some signs that could mean a marriage is on the rocks. Here are a few things that may signal a spouse wants a divorce.

If a spouse suddenly starts caring significantly more about his or her appearance, it could mean infidelity. Some other infidelity red flags to look out for are late nights at the office or frequent business trips. Also, if a spouse is commonly unable to explain their absences, it could mean he or she is seeing someone else.

If my spouse is abusive, will I get sole child custody?

Child custody can be one of the most contentious aspects of a divorce. Both parents may be accustomed to seeing their child every day, and the thought of only seeing their child on a schedule can seem unnatural.

When a history of domestic violence is part of a family’s situation, it can complicate matters even more. However, your former spouse’s history of domestic violence does not necessarily mean you will end up with sole custody of your kids.

Child custody: Cooperation is key in resolving disputes

When parents in California divorce, they should strive to put their differences aside and work together to provide a stable environment for their children. However, this does not always happen. Parents may be unable to come to a suitable agreement, causing a child custody battle to ensue. Although they may be thinking they are doing what's best for their children, a lengthy custody battle only causes suffering for families. These types of disputes are fairly common today, including among celebrities.

A lengthy child custody battle between well-known actors Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie has been making headlines for weeks. In 2016, Jolie filed for divorce from Pitt after two years or marriage and over 10 years as a couple. The couple has six children together. Apparently, Pitt wanted a 50/50 joint custody arrangement, but reports said Jolie wanted sole physical custody of the children.

Advice for an amicable divorce process

The end of a marriage often causes a great deal of stress. Besides stress, a divorce can also lead to several problems. For those in California thinking about divorce, it is important to search for a healthy resolution for conflicts which inevitably arise. Here are a few tips to keep in mind.

Cooperation during this time can seem very difficult. However, cooperation is crucial for an amicable resolution. There are often powerful emotions at play amid a divorce. In order to have successful resolutions, both parties must be open to compromise. Those who hold steadfast that their ways will most likely experience significant challenges and require multiple court appearances.

Practical advice to help men get through a divorce

It's no secret that couples in California who are going through a split can experience a myriad of emotions. Without question, divorce impacts women and men differently. A difficult experience for a man may not necessarily be a stressful or difficult situation for a woman, and vice versa. According to stereotypes, women may need more emotional and financial support than men amid a divorce. However, men need just as much support as women during this tumultuous time.

For men going through a divorce, the top priority should be self-care. Mental, spiritual and physical health are the keys to a less stressful life during a split. Focus on things that are controllable, such as diet, sleep and exercise.

Child custody: Tips for joint custody agreements

When parents in California decide to split, one of the most common areas of dispute is who gets custody of the children. However, parents should try to work together to come to a child custody agreement that serves the best interest of the children. Even though both parents may want primary custody of the children, the best arrangement for the well-being of the children is often a joint-custody arrangement. The following advice may be helpful for parents who are pursuing a joint custody agreement.

First of all, a successful joint-parenting arrangement requires that both parties be respectful. Approach the other parent with a willingness to be cooperative and never talk negatively about the other parent, especially in front of the children. Joint custody typically means that custody is a 50/50 arrangement and children will be going back and forth between both homes. This is much easier if the parents live close to each other. It is recommended that parents live no more than 20 miles apart.

Divorce: High-profile couple calls it quits

It's the quintessential story of true love. Two people meet, fall in love, get married and live happily ever after. Romantic movies and love stories often portray marriage as a union of soul mates who live out their days together in a blissful utopia. However, in the real world, half of all marriages end in divorce. In California, celebrities are often held to a higher standard, but they also struggle with divorce.

Recently, philanthropist and designer Ariana Rockefeller confirmed that she and husband Matthew Bucklin have divorced. According to reports, she and Bucklin were married in 2010 in Maine on Mount Desert Island. Reportedly, Rockefeller spent summers there as a girl, and it was where she and Bucklin met.

What does it take to get sole custody?

A child often benefits when both parents are involved in their life after divorce. But sometimes, certain factors may influence one parent to fight for sole custody. However, many parents are unsure of what sole custody consists of and the lengths they must go to in order to receive it.


Gray divorce presents unique challenges

Ending a marriage is one of life's most difficult events. Divorce is stressful and can be traumatic at any age but, surprisingly, the divorce rate as a whole is on a decline these days. However, in one certain demographic, the rate of divorce is rapidly rising. In what has become known as gray divorce, more and more senior adults in California nd across the country are deciding to end their marriage. According to recent statistics, divorce rates among adults ages 50 and older in the United States have nearly doubled in the last 20 years. 

Gray divorce presents special challenges to senior adults who find themselves suddenly thrust into instability. Many are questioning what may be causing this trend. One big factor is that people are living longer these days, and the societal stigma that once surrounded divorce is now disappearing. Many senior adults have finished raising kids and are now refusing to stay unhappily married.

Tips to emotionally recover from a divorce

Virtually no couple ever gets married with the end in mind, but this is what happens to nearly half of all marriages in the United States. Every marriage is different, and the circumstances surrounding each divorce are also different. One common thing about every divorce is that the experience is never easy. The following advice can help individuals in California recover from a split.

For those who go through a divorce, it can be tempting to vent to others about a former spouse or their experience. However, be cautious about opening up. Some people may be more harsh than caring. Instead, avoid speaking about the divorce altogether. If that isn't possible, use only positive words to avoid going down a negative path.

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