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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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  • Is Mediation Right for You?

    Divorce is often a long, stressful process, particularly in cases where both parties are estranged and disagree on matters such as child custody, spousal support, property division, etc. Engaging in mediation can allow parties to resolve their differences more collaboratively, which often reduces the emotional turmoil of the divorce. Understanding whether mediation is the right option for you can ...
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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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  • Domestic Partnerships in California: What You Need to Know

    In July of 2019, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed legislation allowing heterosexual couples to engage in domestic partnerships. Previous to this legislation, domestic partnerships were restricted to same-sex couples or heterosexual couples over the age of 62. Given this change, couples or individuals interested in an alternative to marriage should know the ins and outs of California's ...
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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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  • What Can I Do if My Ex Fails to Pay Child Support?

    If you and your former spouse have children, you also have a child support order in place, since it is the obligation of both parents to continue to provide financial support. Since children spend the bulk of their time with the custodial parent, the non-custodial parent must faithfully make these child support payments. However, not every parent willingly fulfills this obligation. If your former ...
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  • How Are Debts Divided in a Divorce?

    During the divorce process, all marital assets and property are subject to division. However, in addition to divvying up their assets, spouses must also split the debts they incurred throughout their marriage. Of course, having to divide debt can make anyone uncomfortable, especially if you have concerns about taking on debt that you believe you should not be responsible for. If your debts are not ...
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  • If My Spouse Had an Affair, Will it Affect Custody or Alimony?

    Finding out your spouse cheated on you can feel like a punch to the gut. Understandably, you are probably wondering if this bad behavior will result in any consequences as you move forward with the divorce process. However, as satisfying as it would be to see your spouse suffer some serious penalties due to infidelity, punitive damages are not imposed on unfaithful spouses. That said, there are ...
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  • Reduce Conflicts with Your Co-Parent this Holiday Season

    The holiday season is supposed to be a time of love, joy, and togetherness. In reality, for many, it is often a hectic and stressful time, especially for divorced parents who are learning how to navigate the challenges presented by their new circumstances. One of the most important steps you can take to reduce conflicts this holiday season is to review your holiday parenting schedule so you can ...
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  • Am I Eligible for Spousal Support?

    Spousal support is one of the most confusing concepts in a divorce. Every state has its own rules, which dictate how or if spousal support should be awarded. Therefore, what you might have heard from friends or family members in other states or seen on TV might be entirely different from your situation. If you are employed, you might be particularly concerned about the impact it might have on your ...
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  • How is Child Support Determined?

    In California, the court determines how much the noncustodial parent will pay every month to the custodial parent for the expense of raising their children. It is done based on the state’s guidelines and an examination of each party’s sources of income. Although this legal process seems clear-cut, it is also inherently emotional, which often makes this matter substantially challenging. Child ...
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  • Co-Parenting, Part 2: What Can I Do if My Ex Breaks the Child Custody Order?

    Last week , we discussed ways for former spouses to rebuild their relationship as co-parents. For the second half of our two-part blog series, we will review your legal options when dealing with an uncooperative co-parent. Co-parents should not constantly use the court system as a referee in their relationship, but there are some circumstances in which legal action is the only way to protect your ...
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  • Co-Parenting, Part 1: Working on Your Relationship with Your Co-Parent

    This month, Myers Family Law is focusing on co-parenting relationships in a two-part blog series. Today, we are discussing the importance of rebuilding your relationship with your co-parent. If you have a dysfunctional relationship with your former spouse, your first instinct might be to take the issue to court. However, you should first consider working on rebuilding trust in your relationship to ...
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  • Common Financial Concerns in a Gray Divorce

    A gray divorce , which involves spouses over the age of 50, is unlike most other divorces, given the unique issues older individuals face. If you are over the age of 50, you are closer to the age of retirement and, unlike younger individuals, you will not be able to financially bounce back as easily. Therefore, divorcing later in life is substantially more complex and requires the experienced ...
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