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Divorce and retirement accounts in California

When an individual gets divorced in California, all of the property he or she accumulated during the marriage is considered to be the marital property of the couple. This means that, no matter who contributed to a retirement account during the marriage, the funds that accumulated in the account will be subject to division between both spouses.

California divorce and alimony reform

Alimony is one of the most contentious aspects of modern divorce, and California and many states are considering ways to reduce its impact. This is particularly important because although the Supreme Court ruled many years ago that alimony awards cannot be gender-specific, only 3 percent of alimony recipients are males. Alimony added an estimated $9.2 million to 2013 tax returns from an approximate 400,000 recipients nationwide.

Judge orders Master P to pay child and spousal support

A judge has ruled that the estranged wife of rapper Master P will be allowed to stay in the couple's California home. In the temporary ruling, the judge also ordered Master P to pay his wife $16,574 per month for spousal support and $10,473 per month for child support. Master P will also have to pay his wife an additional $200,000 for her attorney's fees.

Preparing for divorce mediation

California couples who are divorcing may wish to consider mediation. Individuals can take steps beforehand to ensure that they are well-prepared for mediation. Being organized and setting aside strong emotions are both important. Spouses should have a good sense of their assets, debts and expenses including loans from family members. A spreadsheet may be a good way to present this information. Planning a budget is also helpful.

Reality TV star Dean McDermott behind on alimony payments

California entertainment fans may be interested to learn that Tori Spelling's husband Dean McDermott owes his former wife around $45,000 in back child support and alimony payments. The reality TV star dumped his ex for Spelling, best known for "Beverly Hills, 90210," in 2005.

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