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Helpful tips for those who are experiencing divorce

The end of a marriage is always an incredibly difficult challenge. Those in California who go through a divorce can be left psychologically and emotionally devastated. People change over time, and sometimes ending a marriage is needed and warranted. However, this doesn't make the process any easier or less stressful. Here are a few tips that could prove helpful to those who are going through this experience.

Divorce is not unlike death in that it's a sudden loss. Just like those who experience a loss, those who experience divorce should also take time to mourn and process the grief that they may be experiencing. It will be tempting to numb the pain but, instead, work through these feelings. Processing these emotions will help with personal confidence and make it easier to move on.

Going through a divorce more than once does not get easier

There are countless reasons why a marriage does not thrive. When a divorce is the best remedy for a couple's problems, it is still a difficult process. When California residents have later remarried, it may be even more challenging to have to seek a second or third divorce.

Many people are willing to take a chance on a marriage again. However, just like any other relationship, a second or subsequent marriage may also experience difficulties that are insurmountable. Sometimes, a person may find that he or she married too soon after a previous divorce or the effort to blend families proves to be impossible.

California may rethink the way it tries child custody issues

There are now in consideration legislation intended to make child custody hearings fairer. The goal behind every such initiative is to make certain that each parent plays a role in raising the child. Also, legislators wish to ensure that any determination is in the best interest of the children.

A recent California news outlet article speaks of an initiative to make available jury trials in child custody cases. If passed, this legislation would give parties to a dispute the right to demand a jury trial. The measure would also prevent judges from rejecting joint-child-custody determinations made by a jury.

How are assets divided in a California divorce?

California is one of a very few states that uses a "community property" standard to determine how to divide property in a divorce. The law requires any assets that were gathered during the marriage to be split as close to 50-50 as possible.

This brings up several questions: What can be considered assets? What is separate property versus community (marital) property? How does a judge handle a tricky division like a pension?

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