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Can Switching Jobs Affect Your California Divorce Case?

When a court decides the support amount for child support or spousal support, one of the main factors they consider is income. So switching jobs during a divorce can have a significant impact on the outcome. If the new job comes with an increase in pay, the court-ordered support payment amount might also increase. If the support has already been ordered, the increased salary could still result in a change to the amount you receive or pay each month. If the court did not formerly order child or spousal support payments, the increased income could create the opportunity for your…

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After Divorce: Co-Parenting and Your Child’s Schedule

Are you getting divorced? Are you overwhelmed with all the decisions you have to make? You are not alone. Many find themselves in similar circumstances. One of the most common concerns and most difficult choices divorcing parents struggle with is how the kids will spend time with each of their parents during and after divorce. In most cases, this involves a detailed Parenting Plan that becomes part of the Divorce Agreement. The main focus of any good parenting plan is the child’s well-being. Determining Your Child’s Schedule After Divorce: In cases where there is current conflict, it can be tough…

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Can a California Divorce Record be Sealed?

Court proceedings are typically public record (including divorce proceedings). Unless divorce records are sealed, any legal filings in the proceeding will be public record, which means the public can easily access them. Exceptions to the general rule that leaves divorce records open to the public include court records that contain identifying information for children or victims or information about sexual abuse. The state of California also seals paternity case records. If you are involved in a California divorce and your case does not fall into any of the above categories, the records will be public unless you request that they…

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Could You Receive Social Security Benefits Based On Your Ex’s Work History?

If you are divorced, it’s possible that your ex may receive benefits based on your work history. This can even be the case if you are remarried. If you aren’t sure how this is possible or if you have never considered the situation a possibility, you definitely need to learn more about it.   An Ex Can Receive Social Security Benefits Based On Your Work Record If: Your marriage was 10+ years, Your ex is ummarried, Your ex is 62 or older, The benefit your ex is entitled to receive based on their own work history is less than the…

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Can a Divorce Lawyer Represent Both Parties?

When you are going through a divorce there are countless decisions to be made. It can seem like a good idea to cut back on expenses in any way possible. Some think that the most obvious way to do this is to have a California divorce attorney represent both parties in the divorce in a two-for-one type of deal. This is particularly tempting when you and your spouse have agreed to terms. In fact, it may seem like the best idea you have ever had. In reality, it’s not a good idea. It is actually prohibited by the code of…

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What To Do If Your Spouse Refuses to Sign the Divorce Papers

Getting divorced is hard enough, but when you’re attempting to divorce an uncooperative spouse, it can seem like a losing battle. If you are dealing with a spouse that refuses to sign the divorce papers, there are actions you can take to further your case. What To Do When Your Spouse Won’t Sign the Divorce Papers: You Do Not Need Your Spouse’s Consent to Get Divorced: Uncontested or consensual divorces may be easier, but they aren’t necessarily the norm. If your spouse won’t actively cooperate or give their “consent” to the divorce that does not mean that you cannot get…

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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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Will New Tax Laws Complicate Divorce in 2019?

Some are saying that the 2019 tax bill is complicating divorce for women. And they are right. For those whose divorces will be finalized after December 31, 2018, there will be repercussions. The new law makes spousal support (sometimes referred to as alimony) non-tax-deductible for the payer and non-taxable for the recipient. This effectively eliminates the previous tax benefit of larger support payments. This is particularly noticeable in high tax states like California and New York where the deduction in place before the new law took effect could save top earners up to 50% in taxes. Since women are more…

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What Happens If You Lie on an Income and Expense Declaration?

Every couple going through a divorce is required to file an Income and Expense Declaration (Form FL-150). This is a request for spousal support (alimony), child support or attorney’s fees and accuracy in the disclosure is required by law. During divorce emotions and stress levels are usually both at fairly high levels. Sometimes one or both parties may make decisions that they would normally not consider. When a party going through divorce decides to lie about their income and expenses it can become a huge problem. If you believe that your spouse is not telling the truth about their income…

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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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