Like many other states, California courts have the authority to award alimony, sometimes, referred to as spousal support, to one spouse or the other as part of the court's final divorce or separation decree. The idea behind alimony is to make sure that both spouses have the ability to move forward economically following a divorce or separation, as, without alimony, one spouse may wind up with the short end of the stick since she does not have the same earning potential as her spouse.
Orange County residents probably realize that the end of a relationship in divorce or permanent separation is an emotional and stressful time. As such, it is understandable that the parties involved might not be thinking clearly, and they are prone to making mistakes.
Contrary to popular misconceptions, someone who has an offshore bank account, which is another name for an account with a foreign bank, is not necessary doing anything wrong, either in the context of a divorce or otherwise. In fact, many people, even those without wealth, can and often do have bank accounts overseas or in one of our neighboring countries. A person may do so for a variety of reasons, but usually, it has something to do with a financial or an above-board legal advantage that the account offers.
Even happily married Orange County couples know the importance and value of certain federal and state income tax breaks Californians get when they have minor children for whom they are providing. Basically, governments recognize that families with kids in the home have a lot of additional expenses, and they should get due credit on their taxes to account for this.
Most residents of Orange County probably realize that a couple going through a divorce or legal separation will have to sort through several tax issues when doing so.
According to relatively recent statistics, the divorce rate across the county has been falling fairly consistently since the last decade. To clarify any confusion about what the divorce rate entails, in this post, it represents the number of women's marriages that end in divorce in a given year. For example, in 2015, for every 1,000 married women, there were almost 17 that ended in a divorce.
Previous posts on this blog have talked about how retirement plans get divided in the event of a divorce or separation. Indeed, retirement plans are a very important part of the overall property division process, as a couple's assets are often heavily tied up in their retirement plans. Like other assets, the general rule is that retirement plans get divided in a divorce.
Instead of taking every parenting issue back to court, many separated parents in Orange County, California, choose to instead make a detailed visitation plan. This is also be referred to as a "parenting plan," or, more formally, a "custody and visitation agreement."
As this blog has mentioned on previous occasions, during a divorce or legal separation in California, one party may be ordered to pay spousal support, which is a term people often use interchangeably with alimony, to the other party.
As is the case in other states, Orange County, California, couples are allowed under California law to enter in to prenuptial agreements. Not only can these types of agreements head off divorce problems down the road, they can also help even happily married couples who may have children from a prior relationship or who just want additional clarity about what happens when either they or their spouse dies.