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Is there a good time of year to file for divorce?


A common adage is that half of all marriages end in divorce. That is actually not quite true. The divorce rate in the United States is actually the lowest it has been in decades, according to a report in Time Magazine.

However, many couples still deal with divorce eventually. While it can be a daunting proposition to go through with divorcing a spouse, it is important to remember that if someone is going to go through with it, it requires adequate foresight. Both spouses need to collect financial records, they need to make other living arrangements, and they should consider filing at the best time of year for divorce: January.

4 tips for managing long distance co-parenting


Co-parenting is one of the most promising of emerging trends for parents who are looking to do what is best for their kids after a divorce. If you want to avoid the tension and stress that so often accompanies custody disputes, it may be the best option for your family. This can be complicated, however, if one parent moves away and no longer lives in close proximity to the children. If you are attempting to balance long distance co-parenting, the following tips may be helpful. 

The pros and cons of throwing a divorce party


Throwing a party is a trend for those recently divorced. What the party looks like depends on what the divorce looked like. Those who ended on friendly terms tend to have a tasteful get-together to express that they still have respect and consideration for each other and want their loved ones to as well. Those who had high-conflict divorces use the party as an opportunity to figuratively seek revenge on their ex through means such as burning belongings and gifts. Consider the following pros and cons as you decide if you want to have a divorce party.

When to file for divorce: Does timing make a difference?


You've made the decision to file for divorce. Now, when should you do it? You should consider a few issues before you decide when to file for divorce to protect yourself and your loved ones. Below is a list of what to consider and when it is the most beneficial time to file for divorce depending on your circumstances.

Child custody issues

Child custody is a serious issue and continues to complicate the divorce process. Waiting until the kids are older may be beneficial if you are worried about how they will handle the split. However, staying together just for your children may do more harm than good so it is best to consider how delaying the divorce will affect your children.

Tips for spending the holidays as a divorced parent


While the holiday season can be great for family time, it is also bound to introduce some stresses for divorced parents and their children.

For example, what if your ex lives across the country and wants your child to stay two extra days? Or, what if you want to spend holidays with your children, but your ex has them that day? Here are a few tips to help you get through the holidays as a divorced parent. 

Is my inheritance safe in divorce?


Once you enter into a marriage, your life can feel almost entirely co-mingled with your spouse. If you bring assets into the marriage or have a significant inheritance, it is a smart idea to consider having a prenuptial agreement or inquire about asset protection strategies in the event of a divorce.

What should you do if you plan to divorce and have a sizeable inheritance? Will that inheritance be protected? Will you need to split your inheritance with your spouse?

Divorce Tips for Women Over 50


No matter when a divorce happens, it poses certain financial challenges for both people once the dust settles. But women over 50 often have some unique challenges that younger women are less likely to face, especially if they have been married for some time or if they spent a significant amount of time during the marriage out of the traditional paid workforce.

If a woman had planned on retiring with her husband and suddenly is not, she's going to have to do some serious reorganizing if she is going to remain financially secure in her older years.

Nathalie Paluch Featured in Daily Journal for "Bullying and Divorce: How it affects families with special needs children"

Nathalie's article Bullying and Divorce: How it affects families with special needs children was featured in the Daily Journal. The article helps families with special needs children understand that they are not alone.


What happens to your health insurance after divorce?

If you're in the process of divorce, or even just contemplating it, there are so many things you have to think about. One of the things that many people neglect to sort out is health insurance.

If you have health insurance through your own job or some other means that's not tied to your spouse, you don't have anything to worry about. But if you insure your spouse under your plan, or they insure you under theirs, the time to sort out what you're going to do is now.


How long do you have to make the change?

Most companies allow for a window of time in which any changes have to be reported. Often that's 30 days. So if you get divorced your spouse can wait a while before they notify their insurance company. That can give you time to get coverage of your own, so you don't have a lapse in coverage and risk a medical problem where you wouldn't have any financial help.

Peter Lauzon Named to Southern California Super Lawyers 2019 List

Fewer than five percent of attorneys receive the Super Lawyers recognition, and for his 15th consecutive year in Southern California, Peter A. Lauzon has been selected to the Southern California Super Lawyers list, a rating service of outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Congratulations to Peter on his recognition.

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