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California Child Custody Cases and Existing Restraining Orders

Child custody cases have been known to cause even more stress, contention, and heartbreak than a divorce. Custody cases where parents were not married can be even more difficult. But the most difficult of all California child custody cases are often those that have restraining orders involved. If there is a protective order in place,…

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What is a Parallel Parenting Plan and When is it a Good Idea?

Some divorced parents have no trouble interacting when necessary. They don’t have any problem discussing their child’s schedule, attending parent-teacher conferences side by side or calmly presenting differing opinions on important issues related to raising their child. Some divorced parents may not even find it difficult to invite their ex over with their new spouse…

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Financial Fraud in California Divorce: Dividing the Assets

One of the most common disputes during California divorce is the division of assets. Some cases involve significant assets. Other cases involve substantial debt. Other cases may involve a shared business that both parties feel they have earned the right to retain. Regardless of what assets/liabilities a couple has built during their marriage, they are…

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Typical California Divorce Settlements About Child Support

Every family law case is unique, but there are specific terms that will apply to many cases and frequently appear in typical divorce settlements in California. Each divorce case has different facts, but there are standard terms that overlap. Knowing these common terms and how they apply to your California divorce case can be very…

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California Child Custody: 4 Common Divorce Settlements

When it comes to child custody cases, California courts focus their efforts and every decision on the best interests of the children. State laws across the entire nation require that courts base their decisions on child custody on what is in the best interests of the child or children involved. The state of California is…

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5 Advantages to Being the First to File for Divorce

Many people who go through divorce look back at a later time and recount their shock or surprise. They had no idea that their spouse was considering divorce until they filed. Others look back and see a long history of dissatisfaction, contention, or even abuse that led to the eventual end of the relationship. Still,…

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Grandparent Visitation Rights in California

Grandparents are often a significant influence in the lives of their grandchildren. In many households, they even take part in their day-to-day life or play the role of parent. A pending divorce or separation can cause dramatic upheaval to an entire family. Heavily involved grandparents may have their lives turned upside down along with the…

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Can One Spouse Sell Community Property Before the Divorce is Final?

The division of property is one of the essential elements of the divorce process. The first step is classifying the property by type, which defines how it is handled during the division of property. Properties are typically considered either separate property or marital property. (In some cases, there may also be what is called divisible…

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What Happens to an Injury Settlement When a Couple Gets Divorced?

Have you recently been involved in extensive litigation? Are you now worried that you are facing a divorce? Has your spouse already filed? Are you planning to file for a California divorce? What happens to an injury settlement in a divorce? Is the injury settlement considered a marital asset? Will your injury settlement be included…

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California Divorce: Recognizing the Signs of Parental Alienation

Lifestyle shifts during divorce can make a child feel unbalanced and can threaten their wellbeing. In response, they may instinctively push one parent away as they struggle with issues of trust. When this behavior is consistent, it is called Parental Alienation Syndrome (PAS). Parents going through a divorce should be aware of the signs that…

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How to Terminate Spousal Support in California

Alimony or spousal support termination is a polarizing issue during a divorce. And divorced spouses often continue to battle it out over the details of spousal support termination after the divorce is final. Laws governing spousal support termination vary significantly depending on the length of the marriage. Shorter-term marriages typically result in easier termination. The…

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