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It may be heartbreaking to have to say goodbye to a spouse through a divorce, but at times, not much can be done to stop a divorce from happening. Over 50 percent of marital unions end up in divorce, so dissolving a marriage is not uncommon these days. A few tips can help people to determine whether they are truly ready to untie the knot in California.

First, it's best to analyze whether all avenues have been exhausted in an effort to keep a marriage together. This may include seeing a counselor, talking to a pastor or reading marriage books. It's important to note that it's best not to go through with a divorce until one can leave the marriage without feeling hurt, frustrated, resentful and angry. Divorced individuals decrease their chances of having regrets if they act with a clear conscience rather than acting on emotion.

It is also important to research, plan and prepare oneself for divorce from a legal standpoint. For instance, it's wise to know the number of bank accounts a couple has as well as any other community assets one may have the right to keep following a divorce. Through all of this, it is best to avoid burdening the kids with one's emotions stemming from the divorce.

Divorce is often complicated. This is because it typically involves spousal support, child support, custody issues and the splitting of assets and property. Proper legal guidance can help people through the process and enable them to fight for what they feel they deserve in the divorce proceeding in California.

Source: The Huffington Post, "5 Questions You Need To Ask Before You Decide To Divorce", Oct. 24, 2014

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