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California divorce attorney, California family law attorneyAmericans hear it from everywhere: half of all marriages end in divorce. It is recited by the media, pop culture, and even expert analysts. There is, however, emerging evidence that suggests the divorce rate may not be quite as high as Americans are told. In fact, a 2014 publication from The New York Times reported that divorce rates are actually on the decline. And, more recently, an analyst determined that the rate of divorce varies based on a number of factors, including education level, ethnicity, and gender.

Why the Myth Exists

According to the analyst, the myth that half of all marriages end in divorce stems from bad math. He explained that most analysts divide the number of divorces of any given year by the number of marriages for that year. If, however, it was taken into account that the people who married that same year are not actually the same people who divorced that year, the numbers would come out quite differently. And, if the data is examined over a longer period of time, those numbers change even more. The New York Times article from 2014 estimated that about a third of all marriages end in divorce; the analyst says the data is even more complex.

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Posted on in Property Division

b2ap3_thumbnail_divison-of-assets.jpgA dissolution of marriage, also known as a divorce, is a very emotional situation. Regardless of whether it is joy, anger, sadness or stress, both sides are very likely to be running on an extreme version of whatever their emotional reaction is. Unfortunately, emotions tend to cloud our logical thought processes, making subjects like dividing up the property even more difficult. Yet, countless couples overcome these obstacles on a daily basis, and we assure you that you will, too.

Your Checklist

Every divorce is different, however, the property list is nearly always fairly similar. While your actual checklist may vary from the following list slightly, some of the major highlights could still be present. Here is a list of assets that divorcing spouses should discuss in terms of how they are willing to divide them:

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Posted on in Paternity

California DNA testing attorney, California paternity lawyerThe reasons for establishing paternity are seemingly endless. This is beneficial to both biological mothers and biological fathers. However, while one may be certain who the parents are of the child, the other parent may not be so sure about it. This can lead to a wide variety of discrepancies and it may result in the dispute being decided in a court of law. Although a courtroom is certainly one way of establishing parentage, there are a few different methods to establishing paternity.

Benefits to Establishing Parentage

Establishing paternity gives a sense of security to the child that was previously unsure of who their parent was. It establishes a bond that will surpass all others if treated correctly. Furthermore, in addition to the emotional stability benefits, there are a few others to touch upon:

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Posted on in Divorce

b2ap3_thumbnail_conflict-resolution_20160330-200810_1.jpgChoosing to split from your significant other is not a matter that should be taken lightly. It is a serious life-altering event that should be treated as such. However, it does not necessarily need to be a war between spouses either. There are several options for conflict resolution during a divorce to help make the process a bit more amicable.

The Object of Divorce

Many people focus on the overall objective when thinking of divorce. It is a split between a marriage or partnership. Yet, it entails more than just going two separate ways. Two lives have been woven together for years and now must strand by strand be unraveled from each other to ultimately become two separate entities once more. A dissolution of marriage is ultimately breaking apart everything encompassed in the matrimonial bond. Some of the issues that may have to be addressed are:

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amicable divorce in california, Santa Clara County divorce lawyerDivorce does not have to be a knockdown, drag-out fight. There is a common misconception that all divorce is ugly and bitter, between two people who absolutely despise each other and have no idea why they even married in the first place. While, this does occur occasionally, many times it is a somber time where two people who genuinely cared for each other just could not make forever happen, at neither parties fault. For situations such as these, there are amicable divorce options.

"Amicable" and "Divorce" Really Do Belong Together

Divorce litigation can be timely and costly. You have spent an untold amount of time being at odds with your partner. No one wants to cope with having months and potentially years of arguing as an added stressor just to have things end. If you are capable of a civil conversation with each other, you can opt to work together for a common goal. Think of the divorce as a "peace treaty" to negotiate rather than how you can hurt the other person. If both can agree on terms, both parties win in the long run. If both sides can agree on all terms, both can save money in court fees as well as have everything processed sooner with little to no courtroom time.

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