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Balancing Joint Custody & Medical Decisions

In California, “joint legal custody” means that both parents have a say in any decisions relating to their child’s health, education, and general welfare. However, many parents ...
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Assembly Bill 1498: CA's New Child Support Evader Law

The court reviews several factors before allowing a divorce to proceed. Before spouses can part ways, the judge has a legal obligation to make sure their children will be properly cared for. The ...
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AB 2274: Pets Are Family Members, Not Property

To many Californians, pets are more than just a cute face to come home to at night. The animals in our lives are important family members who serve as our constant and loving companions. In fact, we ...
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What Is a Qualified Domestic Relations Order?

A Qualified Domestic Relations Order, or QRDO, is a court order that specifies how retirement funds are to be distributed during the divorce process. Many people forget that retirement funds are part ...
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Including an Infidelity Clause in Your Prenuptial Agreement

According to the American Psychological Association, emotional and physical infidelity are responsible for 20-40% of all divorces in the United States. Because California is a no-fault state, ...
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Understanding the Legal Definition of Domestic Violence in California

Domestic violence is a national epidemic that harms countless men and women across the United States each year. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV), “1 in 4 ...
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Positive New Year's Resolutions to Get You Through Your Divorce

Celebrating New Year’s Eve can be a bittersweet experience for many divorcing couples. While your family and friends are planning parties and thinking about their New Year’s resolutions, ...
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Balancing the "No Parent" & the "Fun Parent" After Your Divorce

One of the most difficult aspects of divorce is learning how to share custody with your ex. No one wants to be the “mean parent,” but what else can you do if your ex is acting ...
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Co-Parenting on Thanksgiving

Holidays can be incredibly difficult for the recently divorced, and Thanksgiving is no exception. In the past, you may have enjoyed cooking and eating a delicious turkey dinner with your spouse and ...
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Requesting a Spousal Support Modification

The court may award alimony, or spousal support, to a lower-earning spouse to help them readjust to single life. These payments can be temporary or permanent depending on a couple’s financial ...
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Identifying Domestic Abuse

Acts of domestic abuse are typically driven by feelings of insecurity and fear. Abusers often use physical and psychological tactics to dominate and manipulate their partners. This behavior stems from ...
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Breaking the Ice: Talking to Your Fiancé about Drafting a Prenup

American popular culture has reframed weddings into being the ultimate celebrations of love and romance. However, you and your spouse have many important decisions to make before you walk down the ...
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Spouses Request Accelerated Divorces in Light of the TCJA Deadline

On December 22, 2017, President Trump signed the controversial Tax Cuts & Jobs Act into law. This aggressive and sweeping tax legislation is eliminating personal exemptions, making significant ...
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What You Need to Know About Stepchild Adoption

When couples get divorced, they often discover happiness in building separate lives and starting new families. This can leave the child of a previous marriage feeling adrift and ultimately questioning ...
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Do I Need a Lawyer for My Divorce?

Divorce is an incredibly complicated legal process even for couples who amicably agree that it suits their best interests. In fact, many spouses underestimate how many decisions and complex ...
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Protecting Your Personal Property During a Divorce

Before spouses can finalize their divorce and part ways, they must first legally divide their shared assets, property, and debts. However, not all property acquired during a marriage is considered ...
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4 Tips for a Happier Divorce

When fiancés sign a marriage license, it’s with the intention of devoting their time, love, and attention to making a relationship work. Unfortunately, and for endless reasons, over 40% ...
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3 Mistakes to Avoid in a High Net Worth Divorce Case

A high net worth divorce is complicated because couples have financial accounts, multiple properties, and complex business interests to account for. Legally, there is no difference between a standard ...
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How to Survive Father's Day as a Divorced Dad

Father’s Day is meant to celebrate the relationship between a father and his children. Unfortunately, this celebration becomes understandably difficult following a divorce. Life after divorce is ...
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Life After Bankruptcy

It’s understandable to be scared about filing for bankruptcy. However, despite rampant misinformation and unfortunate implications, your life circumstances really won’t change aside from ...
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The Pros & Cons of Filing for Joint Bankruptcy

If you are married, struggling with debt, and are now faced with the prospect of filing for bankruptcy, you will have to decide whether you will file a joint or individual bankruptcy. Before ...
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Why You Need an Attorney When Filing for Bankruptcy

While you are not required to have an attorney when filing for bankruptcy, not doing so is generally an unwise decision and can cause many problems to arise in court, costing you time and money, while ...
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When Can an Aunt or Uncle Petition for Custody?

In most circumstances, family law courts will do what they can to ensure children are raised by fit parents. During a divorce proceeding, for example, a judge will examine how each parent cares for ...
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Child Support for a Disabled Adult Child

Divorce is rarely easy for anyone, but for the parents of a disabled adult child, it can be even more complicated. Parents always have an obligation to provide financial support for their children ...
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How Might Remarriage Affect My Divorce Settlement?

When you or your ex-spouse remarry, some of the agreements from your divorce may change. After a divorce, especially one involving children, one party may have a financial duty to the other through ...
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