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  • How to Get an Annulment in California

    How to Get an Annulment in California An annulment is often misunderstood or used interchangeable with divorce; however, the two are very different. An annulment declares a marriage void, meaning it never happened whereas a divorce ends an existing marriage. An annulment can be granted if the marriage was not legal, if you were forced to marry your spouse, or if you were not old enough to marry ...
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  • Are Inheritances Divided in a Divorce?

    Are Inheritances Divided in a Divorce? If you are going through a divorce and you inherited certain assets from your family members during your marriage, you are probably wondering if that property is subject to division during divorce proceedings. Under California law, an inheritance received before a divorce is considered an individual’s separate property. However, are there circumstances where ...
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  • Why Domestic Violence Has Increased During the Pandemic

    As if this year hasn’t already created enough hardships for people all over the world, one of the most unfortunate emerging facts of 2020 is that domestic violence has increased during the COVID-19 pandemic according to UN Women. Domestic violence (also known as “intimate partner violence” or “DV”) is defined by California law as harming or threatening to harm an intimate partner, although family ...
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  • Domestic Partnership vs. Marriage: The Legal Benefits of Each

    Domestic partnership and marriage are different ways to formalize relationships between two romantic partners. While they each have their pros and cons, the two offer their own unique benefits that can make either appealing depending on your preferences. Benefits Available in Domestic Partnerships Domestic partnerships were initially created to provide basic legal and economic protections to ...
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  • Divorce Concerns for Couples with a High Net Worth

    While each divorce case contains its own unique issues, high net worth divorces pose additional concerns – especially if you have substantial property and assets. As such, a high net worth divorce necessitates even more careful review and legal representation, which can get complicated. With a high net worth, the stakes are higher and the process itself could quickly turn contentious. Today, we ...
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  • The Differences Between Mediation and Collaborative Divorce

    If you and your spouse have decided to move forward with the process of filing for divorce , you are most likely curious to learn about your various options. Two options that keep you out of court include collaborative divorce and mediation. Both methods are considered amicable divorce alternatives that could help you resolve your divorce issues outside of the courtroom without the need for ...
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  • Facing the Holiday Season After Divorce

    Tips on How to Navigate the Holidays After a Divorce While many families start to decorate and prepare for the holidays, some are left wondering how to gear up for the celebrations after a recent divorce. It is common to have feelings of uncertainty regarding what to expect your first holiday season after a divorce. You may be wondering how visitation works or how to split holiday time in a manner ...
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  • The Importance of Consistent Rules for Kids After a Divorce

    Raising children can be a challenge even under the best of circumstances. For divorced parents, it is often exponentially more difficult. Creating consistent rules and routines across both households can help minimize potential conflicts between you and your former spouse as well as your children. Moreover, the presence of stability in your children’s lives will reduce their anxiety and fears ...
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  • Top 5 Child Custody Mistakes You Should Avoid

    Divorce is almost always a difficult experience for spouses to endure, but it is often exceptionally more challenging for those with children. The thought of spending less time with your children is likely unfathomable and, with tensions running high, you may make some impulsive moves and decisions during the divorce process that could impact your child custody case. We compiled a list of the ...
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  • Your Property Division Checklist

    Property division is often one of the most complex and contentious parts of any divorce proceeding. During property division, the court decides how parties will divide marital property, including assets and debts. Knowing what to expect from the property division process in California, and how you should prepare for it, can help you tackle your property division case with more confidence. How Does ...
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  • Co-Parenting and the COVID-19 Pandemic

    If you are a divorced parent, you know how difficult it can be to co-parent with your ex-spouse under normal circumstances and you are likely experiencing even greater challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of the challenges you are facing now are unique to the times and, as such, you may not be sure how to navigate them. Continue reading for some tips on how to co-parent amidst a pandemic. ...
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  • Legal Separation vs Divorce

    Divorce and legal separation are alike in many ways, but they are exceptionally different in others, so it is crucial to understand what both of these options can do for you to ensure your specific needs are met. Generally, legal separation is ideal for those who are unsure about ending their marriage, but wish to live separately for the time being. If they ultimately choose to end their marriage, ...
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  • Understanding Step-Parent Rights in Joint Custody Arrangements

    In the US, over 50% of families are remarried or recoupled. As a result, between 10 and 20% of children in the US have at least one step-parent. For many step-parents, the legality surrounding step-parent rights in joint custody arrangements is challenging. Understanding your custodial rights as a step-parent can help you navigate your relationship with the child's biological parents and the child ...
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  • What Are the “Best Interests” of a Child in a Custody Case?

    The best interests of a child are the primary focus of any custody case. It is a term that encompasses a vast array of factors, which a judge will carefully consider before rendering a decision that most effectively supports a child’s best interests. If you are vying for custody of your children, you must familiarize yourself with this term’s meaning, so you can best embody it, giving yourself the ...
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  • How Can I Prepare for My Divorce?

    If you are planning on filing for divorce, there are some crucial steps you must take before you get the ball rolling and filing a complaint. The more prepared you are going into this situation, the smoother the process will be. Moreover, your divorce attorney will better understand your case if you are organized and managed to collect most or all of the necessary documents regarding your ...
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