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While a divorce may be an emotional decision, that doesn't mean it comes without financial considerations. And those considerations can be significant if you're self-employed. Your time and your bottom line may be stretched pretty thin as it is -- how will the added emotional and dollar expense affect your clients and your business?

Here are a few things to think about if you're considering a divorce while you're self-employed:

What Does 'Imputed Income' Mean in Child Support?

Imputed income is a fancy was of saying "earning potential." In a divorce proceeding, when determining child support, courts will look to see how much each of the parent's can pay to support their children, based on a variety of factors. If the judge feels that a parent isn't earning their true potential, the judge will impute income on to that parent in order to manipulate the child support calculations and final amounts owed.

California Passes New Law for Custody of Pets in Divorce

Cue the eye roll that says, "Only In California..."

Pets, long viewed by most divorce courts as property, have historically been divided up according to ownership rather than custody. But there is a growing interest to use custodial analysis in determining who should get the family pets in a divorce. California has now codified the concept of "Best Interest of the Pet" in Assembly Bill 2274, which goes into effect January 1, 2019.

This law allows courts to assign sole or joint ownership of a pet while considering the pet's well-being. And people thought California had gone far enough back in 2007 when it included pets in the definition of domestic violence victims in California Family Code Section 6320! In California's defense, it isn't the first state to protect the best interest of the pet. Alaska and Illinois have similar laws.

If you're looking to end a marriage, you have options. If you don't think your union was ever legally valid in the first place, you could have it annulled. If you're tired of your spouse, but maybe want to retain some of the legal benefits of the marriage, you could opt for a legal separation. And then there's always the classic divorce.

One option many people don't know about is called a summary divorce or summary dissolution. These tend to be a bit more rare, mostly because states can be pretty particular about who is eligible for summary dissolution, and they have pretty strict deadlines. So, when is it too late for you to file for summary dissolution? Here's a look:

This Sunday is Grandparents Day. And while we should be celebrating our elder family members every day, it is a nice reminder of how much they mean to us.

It can also be a reminder of how grandparents face some unique situations, legally speaking. The law often treats grandparents differently from parents, and differently than senior citizens without children or grandchildren. So here are five laws grandparents should be familiar with and consider in their relationships with their grandchildren.

While a divorce may end all your marital obligations to your ex-spouse, it may not end all your financial obligations. Even in a divorce that doesn't involve children, you may owe your ex alimony or spousal support -- monthly payments designed to limit any unfair economic effects of a divorce by providing income to a non- or lower-wage-earning spouse.

But determining how much a spouse will owe or receive in alimony isn't always so straightforward. Here are five factors courts, attorneys, and soon-to-be exes can use to figure out the amount of alimony in a divorce.

Do Parents Own Their Children's Property?

All children under the age of 18 have the same rights with respect to owning property. They cannot enter into a contract without a parent co-signing, unless they are emancipated minors. But assuming that a minor came into the possession of the item without having entered into a contract, as is the case with most purchases and gifts, parents have no ownership rights over the property of children. Parent's do, however, have legal responsibility for their children's actions, both criminally and civilly, under the doctrine of parental liability.

Merging these two concepts of minor ownership and parental liability can be a real problem, in an age when parents are feeling like they have run out of disciplinary resources. For instance, if you don't like the way your child is behaving at home, can you legally take away their toy? Or their X-Box? Or their iPhone? The answer is, it depends, but it is never under a concept of ownership, but rather, custodial rights. But more often the real question is, are you seeing the bigger picture?

Leaving a marriage is rarely an easy decision. And financial concerns can only complicate matters. In many marriages, one partner is the primary bread-winner, but that can change over time, especially if that bread-winner becomes disabled and can't work. And if your ex-spouse or soon-to-be ex is on disability insurance, can that affect your alimony or spousal support payments after a divorce?

Here's how to figure it out.

Can You Get Child Custody While Divorce Is Pending?

Divorces can be very complicated and messy, taking years after the initial separation to become final. Without any agreement in place, both parents have full custody of the child and each has visitation rights without any legal restrictions -- just as they had prior to the separation.

This can get complex and contentious, and potentially harmful to the child and to your future custodial rights, since judges frown upon one parent interfering with the relationship of the other parent with the child. Just ask Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt. Though permanent child custody is determined in the final divorce decree, there's no need to wait that long to formalize a temporary child custody agreement.

Avoiding Contempt of Court in Divorce Case

Even for the most amicable of uncouplings, divorce court stinks. A judge will be telling you what you must do, and what you must never do, in such a detailed way that it may feel you are back in kindergarten. Though it may be taxing, do all that you can to follow these orders to avoid a contempt of court charge. This can be damaging for a variety of reason, and will only serve to make your situation worse.