When parents in California decide to separate, their primary concern may be the children. Some parents may worry that a divorce could be emotionally damaging. However, experts advise that when parents pay attention to their children's emotional needs, they can help ease the transition.
Most people in California likely view couples living together before marriage as normal and even a good idea. Survey results in one report indicated that 65 percent of Americans approve of cohabitation, but researchers continue to identify living together prior to marriage as a risk for divorce.
For many California residents, money can play a major role in the success of their relationships. The results of a survey of more than 2,000 adults that was conducted by a leading bank indicate that money is the main cause of tension in a relationship. The research also indicated that 35 percent of people identify finances as the leading reason for discord with their significant others.
After parents get a divorce and decide custody, the next and often most challenging task is implementing the new parenting plan. For couples who share joint custody – physical, legal or a combination of the two – it can be challenging to co-parent with a former spouse and maintain a civil, cooperative dynamic.
Due to changes put in place by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, divorce could soon be more expensive for California couples. This act changed both how exemptions for children are claimed and the tax status of alimony. Experts say it ultimately could mean less money for some ex-spouses.
The loss of child custody can be a very difficult experience for parents. However, it is not a situation that has to last forever. Many parents are able to regain their child custody rights. California parents who have lost custody of their children should understand that getting it back is possible but difficult, and they should take the necessary steps to get the custody decision reversed.