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Ways to cut your expenses during a divorce

One of the biggest adjustments that most people have to make during a divorce is a financial one. You suddenly have to manage a household on your own with less income. You may also be struggling to pay off debts -- and pay for your divorce.

Learning new ways to save money during your divorce can be just as important as finding ways to cope emotionally. With that in mind, here are some practical suggestions:

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The American Institute of Family Law Attorneys has recognized the exceptional performance of California's Family Law Attorney Amanda Naples as 2018 10 Best Family Law Attorney for Client Satisfaction. 

Do you need to involve a psychologist in your custody case?

Almost everyone -- at some point during their divorce -- wonders about the mental health of their spouse. When a child's involved, however, and your questions about your spouse's mental health are serious, it may be necessary to ask the court to order a psychological evaluation.

Before you act, here are the things you need to consider:

Domestic disputes turn increasingly violent during holidays

Domestic violence is a problem all year long, but it can be even more intense during the holiday season. More than half of all Californians -- 58 percent -- have been touched by domestic violence at some point in their lives. That's why organizations like Blue Shield of California and others are hoping that individual communities will help address the underlying problems that lead to intimate partner violence.

Right now, the holiday season may be causing problems with domestic violence. While there may not necessarily be more overall incidents of domestic abuse during the holidays, the incidents that do happen can be more violent.

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The American Institute of Family Law Attorneys has recognized the exceptional performance of California's Family Law Attorney Valerie Murphy as 2018 10 Best Family Law Attorney for Client Satisfaction.

Advice to use when your child is flying alone for visitation

One of the consequences of relocating after a divorce is the problems you can face getting a child back and forth for visitation when the other parent lives hours away. Fortunately, the airlines are well-aware that many children will be flying solo -- especially during the upcoming holiday season.

Here are some of the most important things you need to know in advance -- before you book your child's holiday flight:

Finding your spouse's hidden assets

When a marriage falls apart, couples are supposed to fully disclose all their holdings to each other so that a fair split of the marital assets can be decided.

Unfortunately, your spouse may be determined to send you on a treasure hunt, forcing you to hunt down the assets that he or she has hidden away. If you believe that your spouse (or ex-spouse) is concealing money so that he or she can avoid sharing them or paying adequate support, what can you do?

Financial questions every same-sex couple should ask

Even though same-sex marriages are now legal throughout the United States, it's important for couples to discuss their finances early in a relationship. You don't want unpleasant financial surprises to put a damper on your relationship shortly after you move in together or get married because that can easily lead to a split.

Here are some questions that every same-sex couple should ask each other as soon as the relationship starts to get serious:

Getting divorced? Take steps to protect your credit

It's normal to be emotional when you're going through a divorce -- and that makes it hard to keep your mind on practical concerns. However, paying attention to certain practical issues will make your post-divorce recovery a lot easier to manage.

In particular, you need to pay attention to what's happening with your credit rating as a part of your divorce. What you do -- and what your spouse does -- can have a major impact on your credit score and affect your financial state for years after the divorce is over.

Borderline personality disorder and the abusive partner

While nobody is certain, psychologists estimate that up to 60 percent of the abusers in domestic violence situations suffer from borderline personality disorder (BPD).

If you're in a relationship with someone whose anger and rage seems potentially explosive, it's important to recognize the signs of this deep-seated mental issue as early as possible. People with BPD frequently have the following characteristics:

  • A history of abuse as a child
  • Impulsive, even reckless, behavior
  • Intense mood swings
  • Unstable personal relationships
  • Hypersensitivity
  • A fear of abandonment
  • Rigid expectations of others
  • A tendency to verbally abuse others
  • Threatening behavior

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