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Dishonesty is a major reason for divorce

Divorce does not always have to be dramatic. You hear plenty of stories about spouses who are unfaithful to the marriage, for instance, and that does lead to divorce, but most cases happen for far more "minor" reasons. One of those reasons is simply dishonesty.

Mediation helps divorcing couples resolve difficult issues

By the time California spouses ultimately call to set up an appointment with a divorce attorney, they've often pulled out all the stops to try to save their marriage. Many have been hesitant to pull the plug on their marriage out of fear that negotiating a settlement with their ex will easily become a long, drawn-out courtroom battle. Those who envision this happening with them often find mediation to be a welcome alternative to a litigated divorce.

Mediation can work for those who struggle to settle their divorce

If you and your spouse have kids, own a home or share other assets, then it's likely that settling your divorce isn't going to go as smoothly as you may hope it would. If you and your ex are having trouble reaching a compromise, then mediation may be an ideal way for you to resolve your differences without having to spend a lot of time or fork out a lot of money litigating personal matters in a courtroom.

2 relationship problems that could lead to divorce

When couples fight constantly about anything and everything, it could be a sign that something is wrong. However, the constant fighting isn't necessarily a signal that divorce is imminent. According to psychologists, it's when another issue is introduced to the relationship that couples may begin to tumble down the slippery slope to divorce.

A California law changes the fate of pets during a divorce

A new law having to do with how pets are handled in a divorce went into effect in California on Jan. 1. Judges are now allowed to consider what's in the best interest of a pet and to approve shared custody plans for them if it's deemed appropriate. Prior to the law going into effect, domestic animals were seen as marital property that needed to be divided up just like a house, car or any assets when a couple divorced.

Why do spouses need to pay alimony?

There are a variety of reasons why spouses need to pay alimony. For one, it could be the law that you or your spouse must pay alimony in your divorce case -- particularly if you've been married for an extended period of time and one spouse's capacity to earn an income is particularly less than the other's. Beyond the law, however, there's an important logic behind alimony laws.

Debts and your divorce: What you need to know

Imagine your husband or wife has a shopping addiction and last year he or she put an incredible $40,000 of debt on a personal credit card. The problem is, you're now getting a divorce and realizing that even though the card was in your spouse's name, that debt will likely be considered a part of the marital estate. As such, you could be shouldering some of that debt burden after the divorce has finalized.