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  • What Rights Do Unmarried Parents Have?

    Unmarried parents often have to face many of the same legal challenges that married parents do when it comes to child custody issues. Although child custody laws vary in each state, being the mother or father of the child remains a major consideration when determining custody arrangements. In this blog, we explain custody rights for unmarried parents. Mother's Primary Right to Custody Mothers who ...
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  • FAQ: Emergency Custody

    Below, we answer questions about emergency custody that our clients tend to ask the most. Q: What is an emergency custody order? A: Emergency custody orders give you immediate custody without providing notice to the other party. Emergency custody orders typically deal with minor children. Q: How can I get an emergency custody order for my children? A: You will first have to file an underlying ...
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  • Changing a Child Custody Order

    Just because you and your ex-spouse have a child custody order in place does not mean neither of you will ever be able to change it. If you currently have joint custody and want to change the order to obtain full custody, you can request a modification. However, if your ex-spouse does not agree to the change, as is usually the case, you will have to go to court and present your case to a judge. ...
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  • What Is the Best & Worst Times to Get Divorced?

    If you are thinking about divorcing from your spouse, most experts say that timing is everything. With roughly half of all marriages ending in divorce, and divorce rates continuing to increase, it is important to know when it’s the right time to separate from your spouse, especially if you own a business or have other valuable assets. In this blog, we talk about the best and worst times to get a ...
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  • Don’t Vent to Others, It Might Affect Your Divorce

    Most of us have been in a situation where we want to share an incredibly frustrating experience with another person. A lot of people use “venting” as a tool to let off some steam, hopefully making them feel better about what they are upset about. However, venting might not be as therapeutic as we assume, and can actually make us more aggressive towards the person or situation we are angry about. ...
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  • Do I Need a Prenuptial Agreement?

    A prenuptial agreement is a document signed by both parties before they enter into a marriage. This document is meant to protect any assets, property, businesses, or other important items of value in the event of a divorce. Despite their extreme importance, prenuptial agreements are not considered as often as they should be, partly because people feel they are incredibly unromantic and ...
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  • Tips for an Easier Divorce

    Divorce is very rarely easy. Even if you and your future ex-spouse are both on the same page about ending your marriage, there are a number of emotional, financial, and personal challenges many people face while they are in the midst of this process. However, this doesn’t always have to be the case. In fact, there are a number of ways you can make your divorce easier, and our Granite Bay divorce ...
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  • Relocating After Divorce: What You Need to Know

    As a way to put their divorce behind them and make a fresh start somewhere new, many parents consider relocation following the end of a marriage. However, moving out of state with the kids is not that simple. In general, a parent who has a permanent order for sole physical custody —also known as primary physical custody—in California can move away with the children, unless the other parent can ...
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  • How Do I Get My Marriage Annulled?

    In California, a court-approved annulment invalidates a marriage as if it never existed in the first place, while a divorce ends an existing, valid marriage. Keep in mind, state law does not impose a minimum or maximum duration for the marriage to determine eligibility for annulment. There are a number of possible grounds—or reasons—that a judge might grant a request to annul a marriage, ...
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  • What Not to Do in Divorce

    When you decide to end your marriage, you will receive advice and guidance from nearly everyone--regardless if they, too, are divorced. A lot of the advice you receive will be beneficial to you, but a lot of it may be the wrong thing to hear. Making a mistake in the divorce process is to be avoided as much as possible, which includes avoiding some behaviors you otherwise considered to be perfectly ...
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  • What Constitutes Domestic Violence in the State of California?

    Unfortunately quite common across countless households in the nation, domestic violence is a frightening and dangerous situation for anyone to be in. The state of California defines domestic violence as abuse, or threats of abuse, within an intimate relationship. These intimate relationships are defined as those between married or domestic partners, 2 people who are dating or share a child ...
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  • Mediation vs. Litigation: Which Is Right for You?

    If you are about to embark on a divorce, you might be wondering how to go about executing this process. The fact is that no two circumstances are alike and, therefore, different approaches are necessary for different couples. Many divorcing spouses are actually able to settle their divorces out of court, without ever needing to go through litigation, but that does not mean it is appropriate for ...
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  • Three Things You Didn't Know About Domestic Partnerships

    Domestic partnerships are something many individuals are often unclear about and, surprisingly, many begin one without knowing much about it. If you are in a similar situation, take some time to review our list of important facts regarding domestic partnerships to better understand it. Here are three facts about domestic partnerships you might not know: Sharing benefits: Domestic partnerships are ...
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  • Risks of Online Dating Services

    Online dating has fundamentally changed the practice. In some ways the change has been good: you don’t have to spend days, months, or even years trying to find someone you consider worth going on a date with when you can just review profiles and find someone who fits your liking quickly. That being said, it’s also changed things for the worse as well, as there are now an abundance of risks in ...
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  • Five Benefits of Divorce Mediation

    Divorce is never an easy process, it also doesn’t have to be the immensely stressful and contentious process that most people make it out to be. There are plenty of alternatives out there that could help you navigate the divorce process, but many people refuse to try them thinking they’re just a waste of time and money. Here are some of the benefits you could receive from making a genuine effort ...
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