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  • What to Ask for in a Divorce Settlement | Myers Family Law

    There’s no way around it: Divorce is complicated. Whether you’re just deciding to file or already deep in the thick of the proceedings, you already know what a stressful and emotional time it can be. That’s why it’s important to select a skilled divorce attorney – and to have a clear sense of what you need and want from a divorce settlement – long before the negotiations begin in earnest. At Myers ...
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  • Getting an Annulment in California | Myers Family Law

    When you’re expecting a lengthy and contentious divorce, the word “annulment” may sound like a breath of fresh air. After all, the English word derives from the Latin annullo, meaning to annihilate or make into nothing. However, although annulment can allow you to easily wipe the slate clean, it’s only an option for some categories of union – and unless you meet the requirements, you will have to ...
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  • Why Millennial Divorce Rates Are Dropping

    Over the past few decades, a very unusual divorce trend has taken shape. While baby boomers and elderly Americans are more inclined to get divorced than ever before, the divorce rates for millennials and Gen X couples have actually dropped, lowering the total national divorce rate by more than 18% between 2008 and 2016 alone. Although this tilt towards more “grey divorces” might seem surprising, ...
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  • Can I Change My Mind and Divorce After Separation?

    In practice, legal separation shares a number of similarities with divorce – but in the legal system, these are two different processes with unique requirements. Fortunately, California law allows couples to convert a legal separation into a divorce, or to change their minds during the separation proceedings. However, it can often be tricky to navigate this kind of change without the help of a ...
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  • How Will Divorce Affect My Credit Score?

    It’s no secret that divorce is complicated, and the blast from your break-up can impact almost every aspect of your life. When we work with clients, they’re sometimes surprised to learn that divorce can impact their credit scores, too. At Myers Family Law, our Granite Bay divorce lawyers have more than 25 years of collective experience handling divorce cases throughout Placer County and beyond. ...
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  • What's the Difference Between Physical and Legal Custody?

    If you’re currently dealing with a child custody case, you know how complicated and difficult these cases can be. Regardless of your relationship with your ex-spouse, it can take a lot of work to prevent a minor disagreement from spiraling into a painful child custody battle – which could affect your child’s emotional wellbeing in the process. Of course, most of these difficult decisions center on ...
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  • When Can I Modify a Child Support Order?

    Once a court has ordered you to pay regular child support, you are legally obligated to make those payments. But what happens if you lose your job, or face another serious obstacle to paying support? While it can be difficult to change these payments, the state of California does allow you to petition for child support modifications if your financial circumstances change. Whether you’re the one ...
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  • The Difference Between Annulment & Divorce in California

    When English ruler Henry VIII left his wife for noblewoman Anne Boleyn, it became one of the most infamous and controversial divorces in history. However, this famous split was technically not a divorce at all: It was an annulment. Although the modern American legal system bears little resemblance to Tudor England, divorce and annulment are still considered distinct legal concepts. At Myers Family ...
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  • How Student Loan Debt Affects Divorce

    Financial issues can add strain and stress to a couple already facing marital problems. For many modern couples, however, one particular kind of financial issue is fueling their decision to divorce: Student loan debt. According to recent research, as many as 1 in 8 couples report that student loan debt had a direct impact on their divorce. Why is this the case, and what happens to student loan ...
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  • When Should I Keep Property Separate in a Premarital Agreement?

    When you have a substantial net worth, you may assume that you don’t need a prenuptial agreement before your marriage: After all, you acquired your significant assets long before you got engaged, which would make them separate property according to the state of California. Separate property is typically something you can always keep for yourself, right? Unfortunately, this may not always be a safe ...
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  • Key Factors in Child Custody Decisions

    Child custody cases can be the most difficult and emotionally exhausting part of any divorce. Because of the high stress and emotional strain put on children when their parents separate, courts are legally and morally obligated to always put the child’s best interests first when determining child custody arrangements. However, there are also a few other factors that you’ll want to keep in mind ...
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  • What Are the Different Types of Spousal Support?

    Once almost exclusively called alimony, the process of requesting money from your spouse after a divorce has gone by many names over the years. From alimony to spousal maintenance to spousal support, these terms can be dizzying – and confusing, especially for non-lawyers. Although these terms mostly mean the same thing, there are some slight differences in the types of spousal support a judge can ...
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  • Identifying Common Abuser Tactics

    When you’re in an abusive relationship, you may doubt yourself and your own feelings. That’s because abusers attempt to control others by instilling self-doubt, and using emotionally manipulative tactics to supplement their use of physical violence. But how can you identify abusive patterns of behavior, and learn how to find freedom from the cycle of abuse? At Myers Family Law, our Granite Bay ...
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  • How to Prepare for a Contested Divorce

    Divorce is one of the hardest decisions any married person will have to face. This decision can be complicated by a wide range of factors, from mental health issues to the custody of any children you and your spouse might have together. In some cases, these complications can lead to a contested divorce. This simply means that your spouse disagrees with one or more terms of the arrangement. ...
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  • 5 Back-to-School Parenting Tips for Divorced Parents

    It’s already that time: back-to-school season is in full swing! For divorced/separated/unwed parents, this means a whole lot more than making sure the necessary school supplies are purchased and the first-day outfit is picked out. It also means preparing for a lot of co-parenting. Make sure you and your kids are prepped for success this upcoming school year by following these 5 back-to-school ...
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