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The Difference Between Divorce and Annulment in California

There are only two ways to end a legal marriage: annulment or divorce. An annulment is a legal process that cancels a marriage. The annulment of a marriage means that it is legally erased. It is lawfully declared that the marriage never technically existed and was never valid. A divorce is a legal termination of an existing union. When couples consider ending their marriage – they often aren’t sure whether they should seek an annulment or a divorce yet the two options are very different and in most cases, a marriage isn’t eligible for an annulment. As annulments are meant…

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How to Share a Residence During a Divorce

If you are getting divorced, hopefully, you have been advised that it is usually a bad idea to move out of the marital residence. Once a California couple decides to divorce, many will need to figure out how to continue living together until the divorce is final; which is not easy. Couples who have no trouble getting along are usually not seeking a divorce. The situation frequently becomes stressful and, in some cases, can feel like living in a war zone. If you have decided that you need to continue living in your home with your soon-to-be-ex to protect your…

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Divorce Court: Keeping Emotions Out of the Court Room

Divorce is stressful enough, but in some cases, it becomes necessary to go to court to litigate over custody or division of property or other issues that are often emotionally charged. If you are headed for California divorce court, stay calm both for your own peace of mind and to benefit your case. 3 Ways to Stay Calm During Divorce Court: 1.    Know Your Case: ‘There’s nothing like being surprised, thrown off, or feeling ambushed to cause a spike in anger, fear, or other negative emotions. Stay aware of what is happening in your case, and what you can expect…

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Studying the Impact of Parental Divorce on College Students

Many parents considering divorce will postpone or delay proceedings until their children are “older.” While every case is unique and every child will be different, divorce is difficult on children regardless of age. Studies indicate that parental divorce still has an impact on college-age children. If you are getting divorced and you have college-age children, keep in mind that studies have shown the situation more significantly impacts girls and that the father-daughter relationship in particular generally sees a more considerable change in the psychological separation process. The older a child is when their parents get divorced, the more they may…

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Co-Parenting: How to Tell When You’re Doing it Right

It takes a lot of effort and hard work for two parents to say they’re at a point where they work together and do what’s best for the kids while minimizing conflict. And the hard work and effort required only increases when the parents involved are no longer together but are trying to co-parent together after divorce. If you’re a California co-parenting trying to make it happen after a divorce, here’s how to tell when you’re doing it right. Co-Parenting: Signs You’re Getting it Right 1.    Clear Boundaries: Establish clear boundaries to make it easier to work together while co-parenting…

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Tips on Re-entering the Workforce After Divorce

Recently divorced individuals find themselves facing new challenges – some expected and some not as expected. Other new challenges seem to come without any warning. For stay-at-home Moms who wish to or need to re-enter the workforce after divorce, the challenge to succeed in a completely new realm so soon after the stress and emotional turmoil of divorce can seem completely daunting. Some dread the prospect of job hunting. Others feel underqualified or unprepared compared to peers who haven’t taken time out of the workplace. While it is daunting, many eventually find that re-entering the workforce after divorce can be…

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How to Change Your Name During or After Divorce

Divorce is demanding. A person getting divorced must figure out how to handle a new financial situation. They have to engage in stressful negotiations. They may need to cope with the turmoil of custody battles. In the midst of everything going on during a divorce, it’s not surprising that changing your name falls to the bottom of the list for many. However, for others, reclaiming their maiden name is a top priority. They see it as a means of restoring a sense of self and declaring their freedom. How to Change Your Name During Divorce: If your divorce is not…

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Tips on Co-Parenting Graduates and Brides

As graduation draws near, many divorced or and separated parents are experiencing conflicting emotions. They find themselves facing important events in their child’s life that requires the presence of both parents. When two people have a child together, there are certain celebrations like graduation and weddings that the child will want to spend with both parents. Being able to set aside any animosity for the occasion can make all the difference for the child. Navigating this type of territory can be uncomfortable at best, but it can be done. If you find yourself co-parenting a bride or a groom or…

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Tracking Apps, Joint Custody and Privacy Issues

When you have joint physical custody of your child with your ex, there are a number of difficulties that you may plan on dealing with – scheduling conflicts, disagreements regarding holidays and vacations, miscommunications regarding after school care, etc. One issue that is becoming more and more common for co-parents is the privacy issue that comes when a custodial parent uses a gps tracking app on their child’s phone without the other parent’s knowledge. Is Using a GPS Tracking App or Device a Violation of the Other Parent’s Privacy? Consider this scenario that has become fairly common in today’s society….

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Protecting Your Privacy During Divorce

Going through a divorce is hard for a variety of reasons. One that many don’t consider until they’re in the midst of a difficult situation is that you can have very little control over your privacy. News of a divorce tends to spread quickly and those going through divorce frequently find themselves on the uncomfortable side of difficult, intrusive questions about their personal life. You do have the right to keep your private life private and if this is a priority for you, it’s best to actively seek privacy during the divorce process. If you are going through a divorce,…

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