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8 Tips on How To Effectivity Co-Parent During Covid-19

With the Covid-19 pandemic spreading in California and the United States, and the current Stay-At-Order order in California, many divorced parents with minor children are very anxious and concerned about the health and well-being of their children now more than ever. Covid-19 at this point has impacted every aspect of daily life, and schools have…

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Top 3 Considerations For Avoiding Tax Problems In Your Divorce Settlement

No one wants any problems with the IRS as a result of their divorce!  In any divorce case, there are tax issues both during and after divorce that need to be considered and addressed.  Divorce is anguishing enough, and dealing with a tax problem thereafter is even worse.  Here is some information and tips on…

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What Happens in My Orange County Divorce Case After The Divorce Paperwork is Filed and My Spouse Is Served?

There are several procedures that occur in an Orange County divorce case after the initial divorce paperwork has been filed and the other spouse has been served.  There are the three main ones 1.     Temporary Orders After the initial divorce paperwork has been filed with the court, either spouse may file for a…

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How Do California Family Courts Determine Child Support?

California has a child support formula that is used in all cases to determine the proper amount of “guideline” child support. Generally, the courts and all attorneys in California use one of 2 recognized computer programs based on the child support guideline formula:  either “Dissomaster” or “X-spouse.” The factors considered in making child support orders…

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What Is a "Legal Separation" and Should I File for It Instead of Divorce? What About An Annulment?

Legal separation is much like filing for divorce, in that you can obtain many of the same orders regarding custody, division of property, and support.  However, there is one key difference:  at the end of a legal separation case, you are still legally married to your spouse. In situations where a party wants to obtain…

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How To Choose The Best Divorce Attorney Based On Your Needs

One of the biggest and toughest decisions in your life can be filing for divorce, something generally most people do not want to do except as a last resort.  The next biggest issue is choosing a divorce attorney to represent you in your case. So, how does one go about choosing a divorce lawyer exactly? …

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Top 20 Financial & Legal Steps To Take After Your Divorce Is Done

In most divorce cases in most states, you cannot charge estate plans, life insurance beneficiaries, etc., until after your divorce case has been resolved and your divorce judgment has been entered by the court.  However, once your divorce is final, you need to take immediate financial and legal steps to reflect your new reality.  The following is a…

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What Role Does Social Media Play as Evidence in Divorce?

What happens when a spouse reads a “tweet” you sent about your latest date or your spouse sees photos of you on a vacation she didn’t know you were taking on your Facebook page? Is Social media acceptable as evidence in a family law case? Family law is determined by state law which means each…

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Top 5 Things You Need To Know To File For a California Divorce

1.  In California, there are only two legal reasons for ending a marriage: [1] “Irreconcilable Differences” or [2] incurable insanity. Irreconcilable differences means that no amount of marital counseling will save your marriage. 2.  California is a “no-fault” divorce state, meaning that you do not have to give the court any other reason for filing for divorce.   You are,…

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Get The Right Attorney For Your Divorce

One of the best bits of advice that you should adhere to is seek and retain a family law/divorce attorney to handle your divorce case.  Just because you were referred to an attorney by a friend or family member does not mean that you should hire them, particularly if they practice another area of law other than…

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How to Dissolve a Domestic Partnership in California

Those of a certain generation may recall Woody Allen’s famous line in his Oscar-winning film Annie Hall: “A relationship, I think, is like a shark. You know? It has to constantly move forward or it dies. And I think what we got on our hands is a dead shark.” The “dead shark” phenomenon can happen…

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