Mind your own Business
June, 2023 - Issue #221
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Inequities in Domestic Labor Often Lead to Marital Dissatisfaction
Who cleans the toilet more could be an indication of marital dissatisfaction in your home.
Conversations around gender inequities in the division of domestic labor are nothing new. Plenty of studies show that, even when both parties work outside the home, women are responsible for nearly 50 percent more of the housework and childcare.
What is new is that data has shown an uptick of divorces that are primarily driven by these inequities.
In short: Many women have decided that if they're doing it "all" anyway, they might as well do it alone.
There are incredible incentives to balancing household chores and kid to-do's. Couples with more equitable labor distributions report more marital satisfaction, more intimacy and reduced stress levels. That's a lot to gain from both partners sharing the heavy load of house maintenance and childcare.
Reversing expectations over who traditionally is in charge of what can be tough. Couples can benefit from watching the "Fair Play" documentary - or reading the book - to learn how to better communicate about ways to more equitably distribute bill paying, kid doctor's visits, vehicle maintenance, holiday party planning and the million other things that go into building a home and raising a family.
Not every partner is open, however, to taking on a fair share. If that's a deal breaker for you, you're not alone.
Denise Lite, Esq. 877-317-8080

Dr. Marvin Tong, DDS Celebrates Five Years in Valencia Office
After three decades of serving SCV families, the beloved Dr. Marvin Tong, DDS has a big anniversary to celebrate - five years in his own Valencia practice.
"We can't believe it's already been half a decade," says the popular family dentist. "Our amazing patients have made this experience incredible - we have the best time here! I'm convinced it's the happiest dental office in Santa Clarita."
"Between Dr. Tong's reputation as a gentle, kind and warm dentist and our highly-professional team of assistants and hygienists, we've been able to grow our practice dramatically since we opened," explains Office Manager Becky Short. "Our patients know that when they bring their family and friends into our office, they're going to be treated like VIPs."
"I'm very lucky to have a staff that sincerely cares about every person who walks through our door - and each other," shares Dr. Tong. "It might be because our staff meetings are often at Disneyland!"
Dr. Marvin Tong, DDS 268-6284
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Keep your Child's Inheritance Away from your In-Laws
If you have children, they may get married - if not now, then sometime in the future. California is a community property state. Assets acquired during marriage are presumed to be owned equally by both spouses.
When a marriage ends, whether by divorce or death, there is a possibility that your child's spouse could have a claim to property owned by your child, even if it is in their own name.
Normally, inheritance is an exception to community property rules. However, inheritance can become community property when it is "commingled" with other jointly-held assets, such as when inherited money is placed in a joint bank account.
The other way is by "transmutation," when the ownership is changed to include the spouse as an owner, such as by adding a spouse to the title of an inherited house. These are just two common ways that a separate inheritance can be converted into community property and can happen even if there was no intention of giving part of the inheritance away.
To avoid these risks, your child will need to make sure they keep any inherited property in their own name, separate from any other assets. A better option to safeguard your child's inheritance is to keep it in your trust. The trust can be set up to manage your child's inheritance and protect it from claims by your child's spouse.
Law Attorney Michael Yeager 471-2177

Santa Clarita's Finally Family Homes Nonprofit Seeks Sponsors
Young adults who've aged out of the foster care system often find themselves without housing or family support. Finally Family Homes is bridging the gap to give these young adults the support they need to succeed long term.
Finally Family Homes partners with college-aged foster youth to help them achieve lasting success in life. FFH helps provide for youth's basic needs, such as food, clothing, toiletries and housing, so they can focus on working towards their goals. FFH also strives to uplift these young adults with events such as an upcoming party for young adults who are graduating from school this spring.
To learn more about sponsorship opportunities, log on.

Paul Davis Restoration of Santa Clarita Now Hiring Key Positions
Paul Davis Restoration of Santa Clarita is now hiring a superintendent, cleaning and lead technicians and experienced construction techs. PDR is a full-service company offering water, fire and mold cleanup and restoration for disasters of all sizes in both commercial and residential properties in Santa Clarita and beyond. The organization has been voted "Best Of" by readers of The Signal six years in a row.
"We're excited to expand our team," says Co-owner Joel Moss. "We're honored to serve our friends and neighbors in the SCV and look forward to connecting to individuals who are equally committed to providing the exceptional service and results Paul Davis Restoration is known for."
Paul Davis Restoration of Santa Clarita 310-0884

Kathy Watterson Team Serves Pancakes as Champion Sponsor for Michael Hoefflin Foundation
Chris Wells, realtor with the award-winning, Kathy Watterson Team, will be in the kitchen helping make delicious pancakes for Michael Hoefflin Foundation's 2023 Walk on May 20. The Kathy Watterson Team is a Champion Sponsor of the event as well!
"We're not just realtors in Santa Clarita - this is our hometown and we're committed to supporting our friends and neighbors," says Watterson, who has won dozens of awards for client care and ranks as a top realtor with RE/MAX of Santa Clarita.
"There's nothing more important to a parent than the health of their child and my heart aches for the moms and dads who are battling childhood cancer," says Wells. "Volunteering with an organization like Michael Hoefflin that centers the wellbeing of the entire family and provides so much support is an absolute honor."
Michael Hoefflin Foundation's walk for kids with cancer helps provide services for over 400 families free of charge. Join The Kathy Watterson Team and other community supporters on Saturday, May 20, at The Centre in Santa Clarita. Register by logging onto
Kathy Watterson Real Esate Team at RE/MAX Santa Clarita 510-0321

Are You Destined to become an Angel?
Visiting Angels is now hiring five compassionate people who can assist seniors in Santa Clarita with activities like meal prep, shopping, light housekeeping and companionship. Shifts are available to match your availability - and it's likely you will have clients near your home! Call Visiting Angels to learn more.
Visiting Angels 263-2273
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