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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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  • When Can I Modify a Child Support Order?

    Once a court has ordered you to pay regular child support, you are legally obligated to make those payments. But what happens if you lose your job, or face another serious obstacle to paying support? While it can be difficult to change these payments, the state of California does allow you to petition for child support modifications if your financial circumstances change. Whether you’re the one ...
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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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  • Key Factors in Child Custody Decisions

    Child custody cases can be the most difficult and emotionally exhausting part of any divorce. Because of the high stress and emotional strain put on children when their parents separate, courts are legally and morally obligated to always put the child’s best interests first when determining child custody arrangements. However, there are also a few other factors that you’ll want to keep in mind ...
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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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  • Identifying Common Abuser Tactics

    When you’re in an abusive relationship, you may doubt yourself and your own feelings. That’s because abusers attempt to control others by instilling self-doubt, and using emotionally manipulative tactics to supplement their use of physical violence. But how can you identify abusive patterns of behavior, and learn how to find freedom from the cycle of abuse? At Myers Family Law, our Granite Bay ...
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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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