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How to Manage Retirement Accounts When Getting Divorced in California

If you are seeking a divorce in California, and you are nearing the age of retirement, you may be worried about your retirement accounts. If you are not nearing retirement age and you are seeking a divorce in Orange County, California, you should probably still be a little concerned about your retirement accounts. In many…

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Annulling a Marriage May Be the Best Choice in Orange County Cases

There are certain circumstances where it is best to annul a marriage. This is a situation that needs to be discussed with an Orange County divorce attorney. Many people have heard the term annulment but aren’t sure precisely what it means when dealing with a marriage. Simply put, an annulment cancels a marriage, making it…

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The Headaches of Divorce

It’s difficult enough facing a marriage breakup and then finding out your state may have different rules for divorce. Speak with an Orange County divorce attorney to know by what laws your state abides. It’s a complex world when it comes to divorcing. It’s difficult emotionally and financially and if children are involved, it’s even…

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What to Know About Orange County Stepparent Adoptions

Step parent adoptions are quite common these days and not as complex as many people think. The fact of the matter when it comes to step-parent adoptions is that they are a whole lot easier and faster than other forms of adoption. This is because many of the states tend to bypass the home-study requirements…

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To Prenup or Not to Prenup – That Is the Question

Considering a prenuptial agreement prior to marriage and feel it shows a lack of trust? On the contrary, it’s a smart move. These days, more and more Americans are opting to have a prenuptial agreement drafted prior to marriage. “Premarital agreements, also known as prenuptial agreements, are a smart move to protect your assets going…

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Mediation Mandatory in Child Custody Disputes in California

In any child custody dispute in California, mediation is mandatory per California Family Code 3170. Mediation is considered to be a form of alternative dispute resolution and it is this form of resolving differences of opinion that is used in California to settle child custody and visitation disputes. This lets the parents have the chance…

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Understanding California Community Property Law

The courts look at marriages like partnerships in the State of California, so when it comes to divorce, spouses are co-owners. If you live in California and are contemplating or about to actually file for a divorce, you need to be aware that California is a community property state, one of only nine like it…

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How Do I Get Temporary Orders For Child Custody, Visitation, Child Support, Spousal support, etc. In My California Divorce Case?

After the initial divorce paperwork has been filed with the court, either spouse may file for a “Request for Order” hearing with the court requesting a hearing to decide temporary orders for child custody, visitation, child support, spousal support and other orders while the divorce is pending. Other orders can involve temporary use of marital…

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What is the Next Step After I Serve the Initial California Divorce Paperwork?

The next step after service of the Summons and Petition for Marital Dissolution and the Response thereto is for both parties to complete and exchange their own “Preliminary Declaration of Disclosure.” Both parties in a California divorce are required to disclose detailed, accurate information to the other about their respective incomes, expenses, property (both marital…

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What is the Mediation Process in a California Child Custody Case?

In any California child custody case, including divorce and separation cases, whenever a Request for Order (RFO) hearing addressing child custody and visitation issues are filed, the Court will order that the parties attend mediation at no cost through the court’s mediation department prior to the RFO hearing date. Although the law requires that the…

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How Are Mediations Different In An Orange County Child Custody Case Vs. A Riverside/Inland Empire Child Custody Case?

In Orange County, mediations are merely efforts for the parties to meet face-to-face without their attorneys to attempt to resolve such issues. Mediators in Orange County do not make recommendations to the Court of parenting plans. However, in Riverside County and other Inland Empire Family Courts, the court mediator can make recommendations regarding child custody…

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