Like many other California residents, as you aged, your priorities changed. For instance, years ago, your primary focus was your children. Now that they are adults with their own lives, your priority probably shifted to retirement.
It is one thing to determine that a marriage is no longer sustainable, but quite another to discern whether or not your finances are in good enough shape to move on in life as a single parent. Most California parents can relate to children's needs -- whether physical, emotional or financial -- being a top priority in their lives. When divorce is imminent, issues such as custody or child support often become central focus points of court proceedings.
When California parents decide to divorce, the relationship between the two spouses is sometimes quite strained. This can lead to contention, especially if the parents in question are having trouble devising a fair and agreeable co-parenting plan. When the court orders child support, it is up to both parents to adhere to the terms of the order.