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July 2014 Archives

The changing views on domestic violence

Domestic violence has been a concern for generations, and the first recorded mention of it in what would become the United States actually dates back to 1641. In that year, the Puritans took the step of passing a law that banned husbands from beating their wives unless the wife was the aggressor and the husband was defending himself. The Plymouth Plantation settlers took it a step further 30 years later by decreeing that a man who subjected his wife to physical abuse could be penalized with a fine or even public whipping. However, these two societies were the exception in early America.

California parents not paying child support could get busted

Social media has become a useful tool in finding those noncustodial parents who can afford to pay child support but choose not to do so. An assistant district attorney in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is working toward bringing charges against these parents. At least three individuals who bragged about their finances when they were overdue in paying child support are facing charges.

California divorces and how to split the home

Since California is a community property state, one of the biggest complications when dividing assets can be determining what to do with the house. The only way to divide a house equally is to sell it and split the proceeds, but for many people this is not a workable solution because they want to remain in residence. Although more complicated, having one spouse move out and the other keep the house can work in some divorce cases and still allow for an equitable division of marital property, but there are steps people should take to protect their financial interests.

Property division during divorce in California

Ending a marriage can be a stressful and difficult process, and there has been significant growth in divorces among adults over 50. According to the National Center for Family & Marriage Research, the divorce rate for this age bracket doubled between 1990 and 2010. Older individuals are much more likely to have retirement accounts, and many people do not realize that they are entitled to a share of those assets in a divorce. In California, retirement accounts are considered community property as outlined in sections 760 and 771 of the state's Family Code.