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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Modifying a Child Support Order After a Job Change

    A new job doesn’t necessarily mean a new child support order, even if the job change resulted in a lower pay check. In fact, modifying an existing order can be quite difficult without the proper knowledge and the right legal support on your side. Here’s what you need to know: Petitioning the Court to Change a Child Support Order Although your child support payments will not automatically be ...
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  • 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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  • 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 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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  • 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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  • 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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