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Property is not always split 50/50 in a divorce - contact the Maggio Law Firm for information on dividing property in Orange County California divorce

Many married couples approach life as partners. They work hard through years of married partnership, reaching for financial goals together. Some buy their dream house, build a substantial nest-egg for their retirement, and maybe even save up and indulge in other valuable items. When these couples find themselves facing a divorce, they usually have a…

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If you are considering filing for divorce, keep in mind this simple “to do” list that will help you avoid unnecessary trouble in your California divorce. 1.    Do Not Threaten Divorce Unless You are Ready to File: Threatening divorce will hurt your spouse, and they may start making plans to file for divorce, move assets around…

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Many parents are not sure what the difference is between the phrase child custody and visitation.  Since the two are often seen alongside each other in many court orders involving children of divorce. While the two are often seen together, they are not the same when you consider their legal meanings. Defining Child Visitation: The…

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When attempting to come to a California divorce settlement, many issues must be resolved. One of the most heavily debated issues for California couples calling it quits is how to divide debt. What are Typical Divorce Settlements About Debts in California? In many cases, issues regarding the division of debt are easy to resolve. The…

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Parents who have already been issued a child custody court order after their California divorce sometimes assume the issue is entirely and irrevocably settled. Even if the court has already established child custody arrangements, it is possible to lose custody in certain situations. California family law courts are not eager to strip any parent of…

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What is parental alienation? More and more divorcing parents are running up against questions about this increasingly familiar term. And more importantly, they want to know how to deal with parental alienation during a California divorce. Defining Parental Alienation: Parental alienation is a situation in which one parent acts in a manner that purposefully influences…

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If you’re dealing with California spousal support negotiations or court proceedings, you should probably familiarize yourself with Gavron warnings. The term originated from a California appellate court decision called the Marriage of Gavron over 20 years ago. The Gavron warning is a fair warning to the supported spouse in a California divorce case that he…

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How do typical California divorce settlements treat retirement accounts? It’s a pervasive question, and one that many Californians facing divorce need to ask. In most cases, 401(k) and pensions are divided by a qualified domestic relations order or QDRO. What is a QDRO? The Qualified Domestic Relations Order (QDRO for short) is a legal document…

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In a California divorce settlement, all community property (any property or earnings acquired by either spouse during the marriage) is typically split equally between both parties. All separate property (any property acquired before the marriage, after separation, by gift to one party, or by bequest to one party) is typically confirmed to the owner. The…

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