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FAQ About Child Support in California

When two parents decide to part ways, often the first order of business is the children. Deciding upon child custody arrangements and calculating child support payments are two of the main areas in any family divorce. Because every family is different, many people have questions about how child support will affect their unique case. While only a qualified child…

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3 Myths About Spousal Support in California

For those heading into divorce proceedings, finances are often a top concern. This is especially true for the lesser-earning spouse, who may have been at least partially dependent on the higher-earning spouse for basic needs. In most states, including California, spousal support (also called alimony) is the main way that people receive financial assistance, so they can rebuild their…

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Tips for Your Child Custody Hearing

If you are in the midst of a legal separation or divorce, and you have children from that relationship, the aspects surrounding your kids are likely front and center. Agreeing upon things like child custody and child support can make up the bulk of your legal mediations, and can also be the source of a lot of grief and…

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Don’t Sabotage Your Divorce

When we think of the word “divorce,” it often brings up feelings of anger, betrayal, hostility, and stress. While many divorces are completed without much drama, there are still many cases that include far more difficulty than they need to. If you are headed for divorce, and you wish to move things forward quickly and easily, it’s important to…

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Paternity Testing: What You Need to Know

In cases involving children, such as adoption, child custody, and child support cases, it’s important to establish paternity of the minor(s) in question. You may know who the father is, but when it comes to legal matters, testing may be advised. This is especially true in cases where the child’s father does not recognize their child or may be…

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3 Reasons to Start Your Estate Planning Today

While most people have heard about the basics of estate planning, like wills and healthcare directives, many have not taken the initiative to create their own legal documents. A recent study found that nearly 60% of American adults do not have any kind of estate plan in place. This may be because, in our culture, we simply don’t want…

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Divorce 101: 4 Key Tips for Property Division

Filing for a divorce is choice that comes with many emotional and financial side effects. This includes one of the most complicated processes that occurs during a divorce case which is property division. While property division may seem like a daunting task, it is vital to have a plan for how you and your spouse will divide up your…

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Asset Division Isn’t Always 50/50

California is a community property state, meaning that typically the assets acquired during the marriage belong to both parties equally. However, there are exceptions to this rule. For instance, if an asset was purchased with one party’s income or assets that were earned or acquired before marriage, then the subsequent purchase of property with those assets or funds have…

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Alimony: It Doesn’t Have to Last a Lifetime

The length of marriage is a critical factor the Court uses to determine how long spousal support will continue. In short term marriages of less than 10 years, spousal support typically lasts one-half the length of the marriage. In a marriage of long duration of over 10 years, the Court may order that spousal support continue until the death…

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Overview of the Divorce Process in California

Overview of the Divorce Process in California 1) Determine if CA has Jurisdiction and which County is the Proper Venue To meet the jurisdiction requirement to file for divorce in California either party must be a resident of the state for six (6) months prior to filing. If California has jurisdiction, then the county in which you reside is…

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