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Why proper property valuation is important during divorce

During a divorce, you will be required to divide your property. In California, you will be expected, in most cases, to divide your property 50-50.

That may seem simple to accomplish, but if you don't know how much your assets are worth, splitting them can become problematic. For that reason, it's a good idea to work with someone who can accurately value your property and assets.

How Domestic Violence Should Not Be Storyline for Reality TV

In late June, Real Housewives of Orange County star Gina Kirschenheiter filed a restraining order against her soon-to-be ex-husband Matthew Kirschenheiter after, according to news reports, he was arrested and booked for alleged domestic violence. He was released without bail and not charged with a crime.

Gina filed for divorce in April 2018, but the dissolution stalled and the couple might have been attempting reconciliation, some reports say. But Gina tells a different story. On the night of June 22, the couple had a physical altercation. Matthew threatened to kill her, she says. Neighbors got involved. The police arrived and arrested Matthew. That was not the first time Matthew abused her, Gina says. Castmates and fans are shocked. This was the first they had heard about possible spousal abuse. Why hadn't she spoken up before?

U.S. State Department Surrogacy Citizenship Position Not in Best Interest of Family Bond

You'll notice I write a lot about international family law issues. The global economy has created more cross-border marital dissolution, child custody, adoption and now surrogacy issues than ever before. I am particularly interested in developing law, and my agenda is to ensure decisions are made with the best interests of the family as the priority.

The U.S. State Department opinion differs from mine, however, in its application of a law passed long before fertility treatments, surrogacy, sperm donors and same-sex marriage that determines citizenship born to Americans overseas through a noncitizen surrogate. Notably, the State Department decisions adversely impact children born to married same-sex couples. A heterosexual married couple with children -- even one in which one partner is a foreign national -- would not typically be asked to prove a genetic relationship because genetic relationship is presumed.

Divorcing? Don't make matters worse.

Divorce is a painful process, no matter your situation. Despite the emotional challenges of divorce, you may want to find ways to end things on as positive a note as possible.

You may find yourself in a situation where you disagree with dissolving your marriage. However, it is important to remember that there are some things you can do to ease your transition from married life to that of a single person.

Student loan debts: California's laws during divorce

Everyone struggles with different debts during divorce. If you're still paying off student loans, or your spouse has them, then you may be concerned how they will affect you.

It's a reality that divorce is emotionally and financially draining. You need to divide all your assets and debts, and that can include student loans.

Is joint custody really best for kids? Consider your options

In California, it's typically assumed that a minor child will his or her time with both parents. However, who gets custody is determined with the best interests of the child in mind.

For example, if your child is a teen female, and she says she wants to live with her mother and spend weekends with her dad, then listening to her concerns and considering her preference is important. It is common for teens to want to stay with the parent of the same gender due to the issues they deal with in puberty and while growing more independent.

The Truth of Pursuit

Notably, today in the US, almost half of all marriages conclude in divorce. It begs the question: why is this statistic so high? What are married couples getting wrong?

People get divorces for various reasons; there may be a loss of respect, a loss of trust, a loss of understanding, a loss of love. Blogger Leena Sanders emphasizes that the issue is routine. When actions or conversations become habitual with your partner, things become mundane. She says, "Pursuing is underrated and easy to dismiss."

Marrying out of your league increases the chances of divorce

You may have heard the term "marrying out of your league." It refers to a situation in which someone's spouse is significantly more attractive than their partner. Many people say love is blind, but studies show that men who marry spouses who are significantly more attractive than them have less-committed spouses and face a higher risk of divorce. 

Surrogacy, Donors & Babies Born with DNA from 3 Different People

Today, DNA technology is modernizing the world of unconventional pregnancies, often involving donors and surrogates. For a 32 year old woman in Greece, this helped her birth her first healthy baby boy after four unsuccessful attempts with the InVitro Fertilization (IVF) treatment. In cases of "collaborative reproduction" such as this, it's important to know the legalities of such modernized genetic relationships.

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