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December 2016 Archives

Financial considerations for older divorcing couples

The divorce rate in California and across the country has remained fairly stable since peaking in the late 1970s and early 1980s, but the overall rate conceals a demographic trend that has alarmed many sociologists. While the number of younger couples choosing to end their marriages is actually falling, divorces among couples aged 50 years or older has surged in recent years. A study published by the National Center for Family and Marriage Research reveals that such couples were twice as likely to end their marriages in 2014 as they were in 1990.

Social Security, divorce, and ex-spouses

Some California residents who have gone through a divorce might be unaware that they may be able to claim Social Security benefits based on the work record of their ex-spouse. They must have been married for at least 10 years. They must not be remarried, and the benefits they would receive from their spouse's work record must exceed what they would get from their own record. A person can claim up to 50 percent of the benefit their spouse would receive in these circumstances. The ex-spouse's own benefits will not be reduced.

Divorce mediation for parents of young children

It is fairly common for California parents who are in the middle of getting divorced to be filled with bitterness and resentment. They may have conflicts with each other that boil over into a battle that can be damaging to their children. It is possible for many couples to resolve their issues peacefully through mediation, an alternative dispute resolution process that occurs outside of the courtroom setting.

Co-parenting and relocation

Co-parenting can become complicated for divorced parents and their young children if one of the parents moves far away. Former couples in California who having these types of issues may want to consider mediation to resolve them.

Child support and its importance in children's development

Some California parents may be eligible for child support but might not have a formal agreement in place. A study has found that fewer eligible families are participating in the federal Child Support Enforcement Program than in previous years. In 2004, 60 percent of eligible custodial parents had formal child support agreements. By 2014, that percentage had dropped to less than 50 percent although the people who are participating tend to get more assistance than in the past.

Former NFL player faces charges for not paying child support

California football fans might be familiar with former NFL wide receiver Robert Meachem. While he was a Super Bowl winner with the New Orleans Saints, the athlete is now in trouble with the law. Meachem reportedly owes almost $400,000 to his ex-wife for alimony and child support. A judge in Jefferson Parish, La., could rule that he is in contempt of court for not attending a preliminary hearing on Nov. 28.

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