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Cooperating with the other parent during divorce

San Jose parents who are ending their marriage might be concerned about how their children will handle the change. Creating a stable environment and making sure that children do not witness conflict between their parents is important. Parents can begin by talking to their children about the divorce together. Any questions they have should be answered, and parents should reassure them that they are not the reason for the divorce.

How shared parenting may help children after divorce

Parents in San Jose who are getting a divorce may wonder what the best custody arrangement for their children might be. Studies show that children are less likely to smoke or use alcohol and drugs when they are in a joint custody situation. They are also less likely to suffer from anxiety, depression and stress, and they do better in school as well as socially. Joint custody in this situation is defined as children spending more than 35 percent of their time with each parent.

A husband's lack of steady work can lead to divorce

California couples know that a tight financial situation can bring discord to a marriage, since the insecurity brought on by being unable to pay bills on time or to pay for general household needs can often lead to fights. A 2016 study has provided clearer information about this, including that a husband's employment status is a big factor in divorces.

What to consider before filing for divorce

California residents who are contemplating a divorce may want to ask themselves if it is really in their best interest to do so. It may be worth questioning what they may lose when ending a marriage compared to what is gained by leaving. For instance, an individual may lose a good parent or someone who is good running a household by going through with a divorce.

Child support and college tuition: How much will I pay?

Imagine you've just finalized the divorce process with your spouse of 20 years. At the same time, your son is 17, and he's about to go to college. You feel that your son should pay his way through college, the same way you did, and that he'll learn a lot by doing so. Your ex-spouse disagrees.

Study finds a rise in couples splitting over politics

According to a survey by Wakefield Research conducted between April 12 and April 18, some San Jose couples might be arguing more about politics than in the past. The survey found that since the presidential election in November, almost one-fourth of people who were in a relationship reported that they were fighting more with their partner about politics than they ever had.

Divorce risk not equal among older adults

Older adults in San Jose might be more likely to get a divorce than in past years, but not all marriages are equally vulnerable to coming to a premature end. "Gray divorce" is the term sometimes used to describe divorces among people over 50, and one statistic reports that 34 percent of these divorces occur in marriages that have lasted for more than 30 years. However, the likelihood of a divorce when people are older than 50 does not appears to be correlated to issues such as health, retirement or children leaving home.

How to find a noncustodial parent

Before a California parent can ask for child support from the other parent, the state must be able to identify who the noncustodial parent is. For this, the state has a parent locator service that helps child support agencies locate the noncustodial parent. While it is usually easiest to locate the noncustodial parent through their current address, the child support agency may have to use other means if the parent does not know the address.

How substance abuse may affect child custody

Substance abuse is a struggle that many residents of San Jose face every day. When there are child custody issues involved, the situation may result in court intervention initiated by either another person who is entitled to custody of the child or in some cases, the Department of Child Protective Services if a report about drug or alcohol use in the presence of children is made to the state.

Questions to ask to determine if you're ready for divorce

When you're starting to wonder if it's time to get a divorce, you will go through a period of time when you're not sure. Some California spouses struggle with this question for years before they know for sure. Others come to the decision quickly, and move forward based on instance and intuition alone.

Mike and Scheana Shay finalize their divorce

California fans of the television show "Vanderpump Rules" may be interested to learn that star Scheana Shay and her former husband Mike Shay finalized their divorce on April 29. The two announced that they were divorcing on Nov. 9, 2016, after just two years of marriage.

Virtual contact and child custody

California parents who are negotiating child custody during a divorce might encounter issues related to virtual contact, such as that between non-custodial parents and their children through cellphone calls, texting and the use of FaceTime. Particularly for non-custodial parents who live far away from their children, virtual contact is necessary to ensure that the relationship between parent and child continues to develop. However, in some instances, custodial parents might want to limit or even block virtual contact.

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