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  • 10-Jun-2019

    What Not to Say to Your Spouse When Discussing a Divorce

    For many people, it can take a long time to finally arrive at the decision to get divorced, especially when they have a lot tied to their spouse, such as a home, assets, debt, and most importantly, children. Once the decision has been made and ...
  • 3-Jun-2019

    Do I Need to Get My Trial Separation in Writing?

    Most married couples will attest that marriage is hard. It takes work to maintain a happy, healthy marriage, especially when life deals its blows. Normal life challenges, such as career ups and downs, childrearing, financial difficulties, health ...
  • 27-May-2019

    To My Spouse: 'I Don't Love You Anymore'

    Have you ever met one of those people who were madly in love with their spouses, and their happiness made you a bit sad about your own marriage? Not someone who had only been married a year or two, but someone who had been married for 10, 20, or even ...
  • 20-May-2019

    Divorce During Pregnancy in California

    Pregnancy can bring mixed feelings depending on the circumstances and facts surrounding the event. For a married couple who has been trying to get pregnant for months or even years, it can be a joyous event. But for a couple dealing with addiction, ...
  • 13-May-2019

    Addiction and the Road to Divorce

    A man or women will stay married to an addict for various different reasons. Maybe the individual is afraid they can’t afford to live on their own. Maybe they’re afraid of losing time with their children. Maybe the children are young and ...
  • 6-May-2019

    Do Grandparents Have Rights in California?

    hile not all grandparents are created equal, for the most part they can be pretty amazing to grandchildren. For children, grandparents can provide love, stability, mentoring, support, wisdom, guidance, and fun. But kids aren’t the only ones to ...
  • 29-Apr-2019

    Finances After Separation

    If you’ve decided to divorce or if you’ve already separated from your spouse, it’s time to take a hard look at your finances. You want to be both smart and proactive about it because if you ignore money, you could make some costly ...
  • 22-Apr-2019

    Understanding Spousal Support in California

    If you are getting a divorce in California and you’ve never done this before, you’re going to want to get educated on California’s divorce laws, specifically those regarding property and debt division under California’s ...
  • 15-Apr-2019

    Your Top Child Custody Questions Answered

    If you are getting legally separated or divorced and you have children with your spouse, you probably have a lot of questions about California’s child custody laws and reasonably so. In this article, we have compiled a list of the most common ...
  • 8-Apr-2019

    When You Have Been Served Divorce Papers

    If you’re reading this, you’ve probably been served divorce papers. Now, you’re wondering what to do. If your husband or wife served divorce papers, what you received was a “ Summons and a Petition.” This makes you the ...
  • 1-Apr-2019

    After Divorce: What if My Child Dislikes My New Partner?

    Roughly five out of ten first marriages will end in divorce and for second and third marriages, the risk of divorce is even greater. That’s a lot of divorced folks in the dating pool. In fact, so many people are divorced that it would be ...
  • 25-Mar-2019

    Divorce Tips for Men

    If you are a man, you’ve probably heard plenty of divorce war stories. You may have heard about wives who took their husbands to the cleaners, husbands who were driven to bankruptcy, and perhaps the worst, fathers who were victims of parental ...
  • 18-Mar-2019

    6 Must-Know Divorce Don'ts

    Over the years, our firm has published dozens of articles on all the various things spouses can do to have a successful divorce. But if you’re like most people, you’ve heard your share of divorce horror stories. Many people can rattle off ...
  • 11-Mar-2019

    Contemplating Divorce? Here's How to Pull the Trigger

    If you’re reading this, our guess is that you’re unhappily married. Perhaps someone cheated. Perhaps one of you works all the time and it caused the relationship to crumble. Perhaps you married young and you both grew up and apart. Or, ...
  • 4-Mar-2019

    Which Benefits Can Be Taken for Child Support?

    In California, both parents are obligated to financially support their children until they turn 18-years-of-age, or graduate high school, whichever happens later. Even in 50/50 joint custody situations, the higher-earning parent can be ordered to pay ...
  • 25-Feb-2019

    Can Child Support Hurt Your Second Marriage?

    In the United States, about five out of ten marriages will end in divorce. What’s worse is second and subsequent marriages have an even higher risk of divorce. In Psychology Today, Mark Banschick, M.D. wrote: “Past statistics have shown ...
  • 18-Feb-2019

    Divorce Advice for Domestic Violence Victims

    Domestic violence involves physical harm or threats to harm someone who is an intimate partner, a family member, a current or former household member, or someone who is closely related through blood or marriage. However, under California law, ...
  • 11-Feb-2019

    Parental Rights of Breadwinners in Divorce

    There have been countless divorce articles focusing on the rights of stay-at-home mothers and fathers and homemakers – we’ve even authored some of them. But dependent spouses are only half of the divorce equation, what about the ...
  • 4-Feb-2019

    Special Considerations in a CEO Divorce

    Are you a CEO, or are you married to one? If your answer is “yes,” then your divorce will have special considerations, personally and professionally. Read on as we explain why the CEO divorce is unique, and why boards of directors ...
  • 28-Jan-2019

    Drug Testing in California Child Custody Cases

    If you are a parent whose spouse, domestic partner, or former boyfriend or girlfriend is accusing you of substance abuse, or if you’re accusing your child’s other parent of substance abuse, you have plenty of company. “Substance ...
  • 21-Jan-2019

    Tying Up Loose Ends in a Divorce

    If you’re headed toward divorce, you may have a rocky road ahead. Not necessarily because anything particularly bad will happen, but because it’s a highly-involved process. On the financial front, there’s a lot to address and ...
  • 14-Jan-2019

    Essential Divorce Considerations for Women

    Are you seriously considering filing for divorce, or has the divorce process already begun? Either way, the best thing you can do to protect yourself is to be proactive and take full responsibility for your divorce. We’re not referring to ...
  • 7-Jan-2019

    Marriage Fails: Is Yours on the List?

    We enjoy a good love story, especially after we’ve helped a client through a divorce only for him or her to find “true love” at last. But, before the princess finds her prince, sometimes she has to kiss a couple of frogs along the ...
  • 31-Dec-2018

    Do I Have to Pay Child Support if I Have 50/50 Custody?

    Just 20 years ago, family courts across the country were inclined to award custody to the mother. In these cases, the father was the noncustodial parent and he would pay child support. However, much has changed in the last two decades. These days, ...
  • 24-Dec-2018

    Becoming Financially Independent After Divorce

    Even though a large percentage of couples live in dual-income households, we’d be foolish to ignore the fact that some households have stay-at-home mothers and increasingly, stay-at-home fathers. In this post, we talk about the stay-at-home ...
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