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Divorce: The Effects for the Only Child Written By: Joanna Gonzaga November 26 th 2017
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Gonzaga 1 Introduction: Divorce among families has become more common to occur in recent years and the rates of divorce are increasing. Most divorces focus on which parent’s gets full custody on their children, fighting for child support money for the children, or how to make the divorce as smooth as possible. However, I have not heard of divorce cases of a family with only one child and how the dissolution process affects the child. The child would often feel as if they are in a constant tug-of-war game between both parents because the child wants to love both of their parents. Sometimes the child would also feel as if they are the pawn for both parents to threaten each other. Unfortunately with no sibling to seek comfort from, the child would often feel trapped in the middle. While each divorce is different (how it is handled and reason why) it still affects the child emotionally and mentally. Definition of Divorce: There are many definitions of divorce for example according to Dictionary.com, the definition of divorce is a judicial declaration dissolving a marriage in whole or in part, especially one that releases the marriage partners from all matrimonial obligations (Dictionary.com). Another simpler definition of divorce is the ending of a marriage between two people. Current Law of Divorce: The current California Divorce Law of divorce according to HG.org, “Under California law, there are only two legal grounds for divorce: Irreconcilable differences, which have caused
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Gonzaga 2 the irremediable breakdown of the marriage; and incurable insanity, only with proof, which includes competent medical or psychiatric testimony that the spouse was incurably insane when the petition was filed and remains so”. Basically, there are only two legal reasons for divorce. One reason would be that neither souse was committed to the marriage such as committing adultery or complete abandonment. The second reason would be if one of the spouse’s was insane. There are also nine requirements just to obtain a divorce in California which includes residency, filing, no children (adopted or born) before or during marriage, neither spouse owns real estate, couple does not owe more than $6000 for debts, no community property worth more than $38000, neither couple has separate property worth more than $38000, both spouses agree for no spouse support. And both spouses have signed an agreement that divides their property and debt. If there is a child while there is a divorce than there are custody and child support requirements as well. . The court may award joint legal custody, joint physical custody, or sole custody, with no preference for any arrangement. The decision will be based on the best interests of the child.
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