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Blog Posts in 2018

  • FAQ: Spousal Support

    Below, we answer some of the most common questions our clients ask us about spousal support . Question: What is spousal support? A: Spousal support, also known as alimony, is financial support that one spouse has to pay to the other spouse after their marriage has legally ended. Temporary alimony, also known as pendente lite alimony, can be granted while a divorce is still being negotiated. When ...
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  • Do I Really Need a Postnuptial Agreement?

    Have you ever spent hours talking to a friend or relative about their marriage issues? Doesn’t it seem strange that some couples can talk to anyone but their partner when their marriage is having difficulties? When couples like these do manage to communicate with each other, it often turns into a shouting match. While couples can try to work through their issues with a marriage counselor, it’s not ...
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  • 5 Child Custody Tips for Summer Vacation

    Summer vacation is supposed to be the time of the year that you can relax and enjoy fun activities with your children. Summer is definitely not the time to be getting into heated arguments with your ex-spouse over who your children will be staying with while they are home from school. Summer is when divorced spouses most often have disputes about where their kids will be traveling to and which ...
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  • Dealing With Debt After Your Divorce

    Spouses who are getting a divorce are confronted with a number of issues that must be resolved before they can move on with their lives. While many couples argue over how their property and valuable assets will be divided, it is often their shared debts that end up causing the most problems. In this blog, we talk about what happens to your debts when you get divorced. Splitting Up Debt As part of ...
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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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