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  • 11-Nov-2019

    What May Surprise You About Divorce

    Whether this is your first divorce or your third, it’s important to know that like snowflakes, no two divorces are identical. Let’s say this is your first divorce. Maybe you think you know divorce because you watched your parents go ...
  • 4-Nov-2019

    Can Substance Abuse Impact Child Custody?

    If you are getting a divorce and you have a spouse who has a substance abuse problem, you are probably worried about them being around your children, especially when you are not there. Substance abuse is a serious issue that affects families from all ...
  • 28-Oct-2019

    I've Only Been Married a Few Weeks, Can I Get an Annulment?

    “What does the average California wedding have in common with a small luxury car? Both will cost about $40,000,” Andrew Sheeler wrote in SanLuisObispo.com. “That's the finding of The Knot's survey of average wedding costs in ...
  • 21-Oct-2019

    What No One Tells You About Divorce

    Since roughly one in two marriages ends in divorce, you’re probably very familiar with it. Surely, you have watched from up close or afar as friends, family, and co-workers have gone through a divorce. You may even be a child of divorce, and ...
  • 14-Oct-2019

    Understanding Guardianship in California

    The legal definition for guardianship varies from state to state, but in California, it applies to children under the age of 18. If you are an adult who is caring for a friend or family member’s child, you may be considering making it official ...
  • 7-Oct-2019

    The Kind of Person Who Divorces

    As divorce attorneys, we spend a lot of time talking to clients about divorce. Typically, a client will spend what feels like a hundred years thinking about divorce and wondering if it’s the right or wrong thing to do. They’ll be saddled ...
  • 30-Sep-2019

    Your Role in the Divorce Process

    If you are getting a divorce for the first time, there is a strong likelihood that you are anxious or nervous about the whole process. You may also be worried about what the future will bring. After all, while you were married, you probably felt ...
  • 23-Sep-2019

    Tips on Winning a Child Custody Battle

    Fighting over child custody can be so emotionally draining that most of us wouldn’t wish a child custody battle on anyone. If you are a parent who is facing or anticipating a child custody battle, you understand firsthand the amount of stress ...
  • 16-Sep-2019

    Mental Health Issues in a California Divorce

    When it comes to filing for divorce, there are “mixed states” where spouses can file for divorce on fault-based grounds or no-fault grounds, and then there are “no-fault” states where spouses can only file for divorce on ...
  • 9-Sep-2019

    Filing a Military Divorce in California

    For civilian marriages, the chances of a divorce are about 50 percent for a first marriage, but for military marriages, the divorce rate is said to be even higher. Why are service members at such a high risk of divorce? Much of it has to do with the ...
  • 2-Sep-2019

    Legal vs. Physical Custody in California

    If you are a parent who is getting a divorce in California, and this is your first time dealing with child custody issues, you probably have some questions about the terminology used in the family courts. Two such terms that you are guaranteed to ...
  • 26-Aug-2019

    Coping With Your Divorce

    Did you fantasize about divorce for years, and now that it’s actually happening, it’s hitting you harder than you expected? Or, did you think that you were going to be married forever, but suddenly, your spouse dropped the divorce bomb ...
  • 19-Aug-2019

    7 Pieces of Divorce Advice

    If one of our attorneys had to give divorce advice to our best friend or to one of our relatives, what would we say? As a divorce firm that has represented countless clients throughout the divorce process, we’ve given our share of divorce ...
  • 12-Aug-2019

    What Spouses Need to Understand About Divorce

    If you’re seriously contemplating divorce, or if you’re already in the middle of it, one great place to get advice is from a divorce law firm that has represented countless clients in the divorce process. When it comes to honest ...
  • 5-Aug-2019

    Do Women Have to Pay Child Support in California?

    In the 1980s and 1990s, the concept of a woman paying child support to her ex-husband was almost unheard of. But as more women graduate from college and build successful, lucrative careers, the more that is changing. These days, we are seeing more ...
  • 29-Jul-2019

    Helping Your Child Cope with Divorce

    Divorce can be emotionally challenging for most spouses, but when you add children to the mix, the stress just went up to a whole other notch. As a divorcing parent, not only do you need to manage your own emotions, but you’ll be dealing with ...
  • 22-Jul-2019

    What is Dissipation of Assets in a California Divorce?

    Some married couples are able to have collaborative divorces. While a collaborative divorce does not necessarily mean a couple agreed on every aspect of the divorce initially, it does suggest that the couple was able to handle things amicably. In ...
  • 15-Jul-2019

    Divorcing? Prepare to Change Your Estate Plan

    Divorce is known for being a highly emotional event, even when it’s truly for the best. In many situations, the spouses go through major life changes. One spouse may move out. A stay at home parent or homemaker could go back to work after a ...
  • 8-Jul-2019

    Getting Children to Accept a New Partner After Divorce

    Being single again can be awkward, especially if you haven’t been single since before online dating sites like Zoosk, Match.com, OurTime, and eHarmony forever changed the dating scene. When you are divorced with kids, dating can be even more ...
  • 1-Jul-2019

    8 Child Custody FAQs - California

    Below are some frequently asked questions and answers about child custody in California. The answers are meant to help you gain a basic understanding of how child custody works in California, but keep in mind that the details of each case differ. The ...
  • 24-Jun-2019

    Divorcing When You're in the Dark About the Finances

    You’ve probably heard that saying about knowledge being power, which has a lot of truth to it, especially in the context of divorce. But sometimes divorce can have an uneven playing field, especially when one spouse has full control over the ...
  • 17-Jun-2019

    Help! Our Parenting Styles Are Tearing Us Apart

    When people think of the causes of divorce, certain scenarios come to mind – infidelity, money problems, in-law issues, domestic violence, and mental illness, but differences in parenting? Now that’s not commonly talked about, but we ...
  • 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 ...
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