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Dealing with Parental Alienation During a California Divorce

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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California Spousal Support: What is a Gavron Warning?

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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California Divorce: What Happens When One Parent Wants to Move Away with the Children?

Divorce results in a lot of changes. When parents divorce, those changes ripple through the entire family. Many parents move after a divorce. They may need to downsize, decrease expenses, or put space between their old life and their new life. Many parents change jobs. They may be seeking more stable employment now that they…

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Typical California Divorce Settlements and Retirement Accounts

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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Typical California Divorce Settlements about Bank Accounts

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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10 Financial Mistakes to Avoid in Your Divorce Settlement

California couples going through a divorce will have to make a lot of decisions. Many of the choices they will be faced have significant effects on their financial future and security. Parties involved in a California divorce must seek and consider the advice of experienced professionals. 10 Financial Mistakes To Avoid in Your California Divorce…

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What To Do If You Cannot Afford to Make Your Child Support Payments

Before ordering child support payments, a California judge looks over the parents’ incomes and expenses. They attempt to determine a fair and equitable contribution intended to enable parents to provide for their child financially. In some cases, for a variety of reasons, a parent may not be able to afford to pay their court-ordered child…

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Can Children Express Preference in California Child Custody Cases?

Divorcing parents have to make countless difficult decisions, but the most difficult decision of all is determining child custody. Parents tend to have differing opinions on the subject of both custody and visitation. The child often wants to have a say in where they end up living but do California courts consider the child’s preference…

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Typical California Divorce Settlements about the Family Home

Your home is your castle, and this mindset is never more evident than when a divorce leaves a couple arguing about who gets the family home. In many cases, it’s where a couple raised their family. During happier times, it was probably a sanctuary of peace and security. The high emotional value can cause all…

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How to Prepare for Your California Child Custody Case

As a loving, involved parent, there is nothing more terrifying than the thought of losing custody of your child. If you are a parent getting divorced in California, prepare for your child custody case, so you’re ready for court. Preparing for a California Child Custody Case: 1.    Keep a Journal – Lawyers and judges look to…

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How Do California Family Law Courts Deal with Parental Alienation Claims?

Child custody disputes often proceed at a high-stress level. They are stressful on the parents, their attorneys, the judges who have to decide custody and the children involved in the case. Due to the nature of child custody cases, they are often expensive to litigate. When the case involves severely damaged relationships between the divorcing…

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