2016 Year in Review: Understanding Your California Divorce

As 2016 comes to a close, it is time to take a look back at some of the issues that came to the forefront during the year. Here is a list of our top 10 articles from 2016:

1. Getting Down the Terminology

Navigating the divorce process is complicated, and it doesn’t help that you quickly run into a lot of specialized terminology as you try to understand what to expect during your divorce. For a basic introduction to automatic restraining orders, community property, separate property, and many more divorce-related terms, you can read:

Glossary: Understanding the Terminology in Your California Divorce

2. Retirement Accounts and Divorce

As you go through the divorce process, one of the most complicated steps involved is dividing your marital assets. Is your retirement account yours to keep? Or, will your spouse be entitled to a share in your divorce? Learn about some of the key factors in:

What Happens to Retirement Accounts in a California Divorce?

3. College Savings and Divorce

Many people are surprised to learn that child support does not cover college tuition and expenses. Learn how you can make sure your (former) spouse is obligated to contribute to your children’s college costs in:

How Are College Expenses Handled in a California Divorce?

4. Protecting Cherished Assets in a Divorce

If there are certain assets that you want to make sure you keep after your divorce, what should you do? Divorce attorney Richard M. Renkin discusses four potential options in:

How Can I Protect Specific Assets in a California Divorce?

5. Valuing Your Privately-Held Business in a Divorce

As a general rule, privately-held businesses are subject to division in a divorce just like any other assets that qualify as community property. However, there are special considerations for valuing a privately-held business in a divorce, which we covered in:

How is a Privately-Held Business Valued in a California Divorce?

6. Parental Control Over Custody Awards

Under California law, all child custody arrangements must reflect the best interests of the children involved. But, this does not mean that parents are without a voice in the process. To learn how parents can help influence their child custody arrangements, you can read:

How Much Control Do Parents Have in a Divorce?

7. Understanding the Role of Your Prenup or Postnup

If you and your spouse signed a prenup or postnup, the terms of your agreement could have a significant impact on the outcome of your divorce. Or, your entire agreement could be enforceable. Attorney Richard Renkin answers three key questions about the role of prenups and postnups in California divorces in:

What Your Prenup or Postnup Means for Your Divorce

8. Risks of “Filing” for Divorce Online

There are a number of reasons to be cautious about trusting an online service provider to handle your divorce. For six reasons not to get your divorce online (and a discussion of when an online divorce might be a viable option), you can read:

Is it Ever Okay to Get an Online Divorce?

9. The Rising Trend of the “Silver” Divorce

According to a recent study, the rate of “silver” divorces (divorces among senior citizens) has been increasing steadily over the past 26 years. Learn why more senior citizens are making the decision to file for divorce in:

Are You Considering a “Silver” Divorce in California?

10. The Holidays and Divorce

Finally, it seems appropriate to round out our top 10 with a collection of three articles discussing the intersection of divorce and the holiday season. As the year came to a close, we discussed holiday-related divorce trends as well as tips for coping with the holidays both during and after a divorce:

Contact Renkin & Associates in North County, CA

If you live in the North County area and would like more information about the process and considerations involved in getting divorced, contact the Law Office of Renkin & Associates. You can reach our offices at (888) 837–3564, or submit a confidential request online and we will respond as soon as possible.