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California Divorce: What Records Do You Need to Keep When Getting Divorced?

Once the divorce is over, many people want to put it behind them and move forward. Some even lean towards a celebratory attitude that has them banishing anything related to the divorce from their life. If you are inclined in this direction once your divorce is final, use caution. You may be tempted to discard…

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Can a California Divorce Record be Sealed?

Court proceedings are typically public record (including divorce proceedings). Unless divorce records are sealed, any legal filings in the proceeding will be public record, which means the public can easily access them. Exceptions to the general rule that leaves divorce records open to the public include court records that contain identifying information for children or…

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What Does it Mean that All Divorces are No-Fault Divorces in California?

California is a no-fault divorce state which means that all divorces in the state are “No Fault” divorces. In a no-fault divorce, the spouse petitioning for a divorce does not need to prove that the other spouse was in the wrong in any way. In most no-fault divorce case, the spouse who files the petition…

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When Will the Court Consider a Child Support Order Modification in California?

California law is clear that parents are obligated to provide financial support for their children. When families are intact and live together, making sure the needs of the children are met is not necessarily complicated. The complications related to providing for children financially come once parents separate or divorce. To protect children from financial consequences,…

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California Child Support: When Do Child Support Payments End?

California law states that children have the right to be supported financially by both of their parents. When necessary the court will order child support obligations per the law with payments intended to provide the child with necessities like housing, food, clothing, educational costs, medical expenses, and other reasonable expenses. Basics of California Child Support:…

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Managing Joint Accounts During Divorce: When to Open & Close Accounts

One of the common mistakes people make during a divorce is not paying enough attention to their joint accounts. If you are considering divorce, attempt to get your affairs in order before it becomes necessary. Start by identifying your accounts. Before you file for divorce, put together a list of your personal and joint accounts.…

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How Does Domestic Violence Affect Spousal Support in California?

If you are going through a divorce that involves a history of domestic violence, there are a few things you should know about how it could affect your California divorce process. California is a No-Fault Divorce State Every state is either a fault or no-fault divorce state (or a mixture of both). As a no-fault…

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Are Prenuptial Agreements Enforceable in California?

California couples are entering prenuptial agreements as a precaution in case of eventual divorce more than ever. The prenuptial agreement is a legal document that helps protect assets and income and spouses themselves from default rules of divorce. Even while entering a prenup, couples hope they will never need to depend on its terms, but…

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Child Custody: California Mandates Frequent and Continuing Contact

Noncustodial parents in California may have more rights than they realize. They are not simply stuck with the status quo regardless of other factors involved in their case. California custody laws are designed to provide both parents with “frequent and regular contact” with their kids as long as doing so is in the best interest…

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Will the California Family Law Court Separate Siblings in Child Custody Cases?

Divorce is often painful and traumatic for those going through it, but even as the adults struggle to cope, it can be even more difficult for the children involved. When parents split up, a child’s entire world undergoes a dramatic change. For children, divorce often arrives with new living situations, different schools, and with the…

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Co-Parenting: How to Tell When You’re Doing it Right

It takes a lot of effort and hard work for two parents to say they’re at a point where they work together and do what’s best for the kids while minimizing conflict. And the hard work and effort required only increases when the parents involved are no longer together but are trying to co-parent together…

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