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Why Second Marriages Often End in Divorce

Recently, MacKenzie Scott, billionaire philanthropist and former wife of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, reportedly filed for divorce from her second husband. According to The Fresno Bee, Scott, who is one ...
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Does an Online Relationship Count as Cheating?

Recently, an online cheating scandal involving Adam Levine made headlines nationwide. According to Women’s Health, a magazine featuring news for and about women, Levine has been accused of ...
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What if My Spouse Dies During the Divorce Process?

There are often surprises that pop up during the divorce process. However, no one ever expects that one of those surprises will involve one of the spouses passing away before the divorce is finalized. ...
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Do Legal Separations Expire in California?

Legal separations are an alternative to divorce. They allow couples to explore what life would be like apart from one another. In many cases, legal separations only last for a short while. After ...
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Former Teen Mom Star Amber Portwood Loses Custody of Her Son

Recently, the child custody battle between former Teen Mom star Amber Portwood and her ex came to an end. According to E! News, an entertainment news media outlet, Portwood lost the custody dispute, ...
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New Law Provides Jewish Women with a Way to Escape Abusive Marriages

Earlier this year, a relatively new law in California that redefines coercive control as a form of abuse helped lead to an important courtroom victory for Jewish women trapped in abusive marriages. ...
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Why It's Important to Establish Paternity in California

Establishing the paternity of a child is far more important than some people realize. If you don’t prove who a child’s biological father is, it can have terrible consequences in the ...
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Can I Legally Move Away with My Child After a Divorce?

Following a divorce, most people want to make a fresh start. In some cases, that can mean moving to a new town, new state, or even a new country. However, if the person shares children with their ...
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Should I Get a Legal Separation or a Divorce?

Making the decision to end your marriage is one of the most difficult and important decisions you will ever make. It’s also permanent. Once you open that Pandora’s Box, there is often no ...
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What If My Spouse Denies My Spousal Abuse Claims?

The Johnny Depp and Amber Heard trial has been dominating headlines for weeks. At the heart of the dispute are allegations of abuse the former spouses have made against one another. Each has refuted ...
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What Should I Do If My Spouse Is Delaying Our Divorce?

Divorces can go smoothly if both spouses are driven to make that happen and willing to work with each other to get the process over with as soon as possible. However, many times that’s not the ...
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Should I Get a Divorce If I'm Not Attracted to My Spouse Anymore?

There are certain issues that every married couple faces. Fortunately, in many cases, couples can work through their problems and grow stronger as a result. However, that’s not always the case. ...
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What Happens If My Spouse Doesn't Want a Divorce?

Often, one spouse knows before the other that the marriage is over. Maybe it’s only over for them and their spouse thinks the marriage is fine. Or maybe they both know their marriage has issues, ...
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How Do I End a Domestic Partnership in California?

When people choose to commit to each other, that can come in several forms. Some people go the traditional route and choose to get married. Others prefer to date one another indefinitely and never get ...
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Can You Get Divorced Without Going to Court?

Yes. In California, getting divorced without going to court is called getting an uncontested divorce. If you and your spouse agree on the terms of your split, you can put everything in writing and ask ...
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What Are the Warning Signs of Domestic Violence?

Healthy relationships are about love and respect, but abusive relationships are about power and control. As such, tactics used to gain power and control are the warning signs of domestic violence. ...
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Why Withholding Support or Visitation Is a Bad Idea

Why You Must Pay Child Support Regardless of Visitation Rights or Restrictions In matters of child custody, the court can decide on the custodial agreement, visitation, and child support when parents ...
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Why Paternity Is Important for Fathers

Men often assume that when their child is born, they are automatically given parental rights. This is not so, and the process is more complicated. Even in the simplest of situations – a husband ...
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How to Adopt Your Stepchild in California

Stepparents often build formative relationships with their stepchildren. In many cases, this results in a stepparent wanting to officially adopt their child so they can gain legal parental rights for ...
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What Factors Do Courts Consider During Custody Cases?

For many parents, a child custody case will be the most important legal dispute they'll ever engage in. With the time you spend with your child on the line and the potential for your case to ...
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Is Adopting Internationally or in America Easier?

When many prospective parents consider adoption, one of the first decisions they make is whether to adopt locally via an organization such as the foster care system or to pursue international ...
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What Is a Divorce By Default?

Whether you're considering filing for divorce or just received a divorce petition from your spouse, you may have heard the term "divorce by default" somewhere before. Today, we're ...
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Grandparents' Rights in California

Grandparents are heavily involved in the lives of their grandchildren in many Californian families. But when the child’s parents separate or divorce, grandparents may wonder if they can still ...
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How Child Support Can Negatively Impact Your Second Marriage

Most people who have been married or married, divorced, and remarried can attest that “marriage takes work.” With over 40 percent of all first marriages ending in divorce, it’s not ...
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Millennials & Prenups

A prenuptial agreement, or a “prenup,” is a legal document that outlines how a married couple will divide their assets should they decide to divorce. In the last 50 years, there has been ...
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