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Does an Orange County California Divorce Court Treat Debt and Property Equally?

Are you filing for divorce in Orange County, California? If so, you probably wonder how California divides property in divorce cases. In almost every case, a divorce case involves the division of property. The division of property in divorce includes both real property and personal property. Real property refers to real estate like houses, rental…

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10 Things To Do Before You File for Divorce

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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What is the Difference Between Child Custody and Visitation?

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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Typical California Divorce Settlements about Debt

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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5 Reasons a Parent Could Lose Custody of a Child

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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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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