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Blog Posts in 2020

  • 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

    There are several key differences to a domestic partnership and marriage in California. On the surface, they 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. It is important to remember that domestic parternships do have ...
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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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  • 3 Types of Domestic Violence Restraining Orders in CA

    If you are a victim of domestic violence in California or fear an attack from a current or former spouse/romantic partner, someone who shares a child with, someone you live(d) with, or a relative is imminent, you may obtain a restraining order. Also known as a protective order or order of protection, this type of court order prohibits an abuser from contacting or being within a certain distance of ...
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  • Is California a Community Property State?

    California is considered a “community property” state and does not follow equitable distribution rules. This means a married couple’s community property should be divided equally in the event of a divorce (if there is no written agreement, such as a prenuptial agreement). Community property – also known as marital property – consists of all assets that a couple acquires during the marriage. To ...
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  • Visitation Rights of Grandparents in California

    Grandparents in many families play an important role in their grandchildren’s lives. In some households, the grandparents play the role of parents. However, if a grandchild’s parents get divorced, grandparents may wonder if they can still see or visit their loved one. Fortunately, grandparents may request the court for visitation with their grandkids. Family courts in CA will accept a petition for ...
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  • When Does Child Support End in California?

    Child support covers a child’s basic needs (e.g., food, shelter, clothing, as well as education and medical expenses) and any other reasonable expenses after a divorce or legal separation . This monthly payment is generally paid to the custodial parent, with who the child primarily resides. According to California family law , child support ends when a child turns 18 years old, which is considered ...
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  • Important Tasks to Do After Divorce

    Although you might feel relieved that you have finally finished the divorce process, there are several aspects of your legal divorce judgment that don’t automatically happen. Below, we explain what people need to do after divorce to finalize crucial details. Request Certified Copies of the Divorce Judgment You can buy a couple of extra certified copies of the divorce judgment at the county ...
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  • How to Handle Divorce and Mortgage

    When spouses divorce, they often struggle with figuring out how they will afford the mortgage on a single income. Whether you are taking on an existing mortgage or plan to secure a new one after your divorce , there are several things you can do to make the process easier to manage. Get Advice from Professionals When it comes to managing major finances like a mortgage, you need to be informed and ...
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  • FAQ: Child Support

    At Myers Family Law, we understand that child support cases can be difficult to navigate if you aren’t familiar with the law. Below, we answer some of the common questions that our clients frequently ask us about child support matters . Question #1: How Do Courts Calculate Child Support? Judge’s use both parent's net disposable income to calculate how much child support is appropriate for the ...
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  • Can I Get a Restraining Order Removed?

    Restraining orders are usually issued by courts in cases involving domestic violence , sexual assault, assault and battery, harassment, and stalking. Restraining orders are used to prevent an alleged abuser from being able to contact, visit, or come near a protected party. When a restraining order is issued and the defendant and victim still live together, then the order basically forces the ...
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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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