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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.

What are your custody rights as an unmarried father?

Regardless of whether you and your partner planned to have a child, you might have found yourself in the role of an unwed father. You may have even lived together with the mother and been in a committed relationship with her. Yet, if your relationship with your child’s mother ends, you probably want to know: what are your paternal rights?

You have helped take care of your child and love them deeply. You want to continue being involved in their love and have zealously embraced being a father. Additionally, your child can benefit from having you in their life. The National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse states father involvement in a child’s life helps them to perform better academically, learn more and make healthier decisions. So, how can you ensure you get to remain in your child's life?

Child custody: Report shows progress in co-parenting arrangements

It goes without saying that children benefit greatly when both parents are involved in their lives. Because of this, co-parenting has recently become the preferred type of child custody arrangement for most California parents who separate. In a co-parenting or shared parenting arrangement, both parents assume equal responsibility of raising the children. In a recent report released by the National Parents Organization, some states are still not encouraging co-parenting arrangements despite numerous studies showing the benefits.

According to the report, research has shown that children benefit the most by spending equal amounts of time with each parent. Recent studies indicate that single-parent families represent about 71% of high school dropouts and 63% of teen suicides. The NPO says state laws that favor shared parenting help promote the well-being of children.

Financial abuse often accompanies domestic violence

No person should have to live in fear, yet thousands of people in California go through each day fearing for their safety and well-being. Although significant progress has been made in the fight to end domestic violence, it continues to be a very real and serious problem across the United States. Domestic abuse is known to have drastic physical, emotional and psychological effects on victims. However, domestic violence also has significant financial impacts. Gaining an understanding of the financial abuse that often accompanies domestic violence can help to curb this vicious cycle.

Financial abuse is not often talked about but is one of the most devastating aspects of domestic violence. Studies have shown that financial abuse happens in as many as 99 percent of domestic violence instances. Even if a victim physically leaves his or her abuser, the financial abuse can be felt for years. Common examples of financial abuse include theft, damaged credit and abusers limiting or controlling financial resources.

How to lower the cost of divorce

Sometimes, ending a marriage is necessary and the best course of action. However, regardless of circumstances, divorce is always expensive. California couples who decide to split often underestimate how big of an expense divorce actually is. For a traditional divorce, its not uncommon for the total cost to exceed $10,000. Here are a few ways to help reduce the cost of divorce.

Although its not typically thought of in this way, divorce is basically a financial transaction. It only makes sense to keep financial records organized. By keeping and organizing bank statements, tax returns and other financial records, those ending a marriage can save substantially on fees. Obtaining these records electronically will also save time as well as money.

Preparing your child for divorce

Divorce is a stressful event for families. You and your spouse have come to a point where staying together no longer makes sense. Emotions run high as you go through the process of separating your lives. This emotion affects your children as well.

Children become caught up in the conflict of divorce. The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry has a few suggestions for easing the strain on your child your divorce may cause:

Why divorce can be tougher on men

Obviously, men and women are very different. According to stereotypes, men are thought of as tough, resilient and steadfast. Conversely, women are typically thought of as emotionally volatile during times of crisis, thus needing more support. However, it can be surprising to find out that divorce may actually be tougher for men in California.

A recent study found that women initiate the divorce nearly 70 percent of the time. Most of the time, the person who wants the divorce has had time to plan and cycle through the emotional and psychological ramifications of this decision. This means that men are likely to be caught off guard, making the shock of a sudden divorce feel like a tidal wave. It’s much tougher to recover from an event such as this if a person is blindsided.

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