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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?  It can be a daunting task and ultimately a subjective decision that only you can make. First, doing your research is always a good idea.  The internet allows you to search divorce attorneys online, look at their websites, and get a feel for the attorneys…

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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 state has its own unique requirements for property division, custody and support. All states now have some form of no-fault divorce though. In a no-fault divorce it doesn’t matter if a spouse had an affair or if a spouse was otherwise to blame for the…

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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, in essence, suing for divorce and contrary to what you see on television, you do not have to “ask” for divorce. 3.  You must have lived in California for 6 months and for 3 months in the county where you file for divorce. 4.  Part of the initial…

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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 family law/divorce.  An attorney whose main area of practice is family law/divorce is going to know family law, the local court rules and procedures, the family law judges, and the opposing counsel, and that will have a direct bearing on getting a better settlement or better outcome…

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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 to any relationship, of course, including those within a domestic partnership. Ending a domestic partnership in California, however, has some specific requirements of which those wishing to terminate their legal bond should be aware. Whether between a man and a woman or a same-sex couple,…

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Lay Off Social Media During a Divorce

Gone are the days when one’s personal life was, well, personal. Thanks to the explosion of Facebook, Twitter, texting and other forms of social media, it is easy for folks to broadcast anything and everything about their lives — no matter how mundane — for all the world to read and see. However, anyone going through a divorce or involved in a marriage that is clearly on its last legs is best served putting the reins on such activity. Venting about the soon to be ex should probably be limited to a conversation with a trusted confidant, preferably in person….

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Divorce Mediation Helps to Create Fairer, More Amicable Dissolutions

A new book The Longevity Project sheds light on many interesting aspects of how to live a long life and those people who end up the healthiest and happiest. Amongst many other topics, it discusses marriage and divorce. Staying married just for the children is not a good idea when the home environment is clearly troubled, they noted. A home environment where parents are always in arguments, hiding things from each other, and taking sides with the children can have worse effects on a child’s long-term health than if they were to get divorced. A divorce blogger, Mandy Walker, wrote…

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Proposed Legislation Would Eliminate Spousal Support for Convicted Sexual Felony Spouses

Current California divorce laws will grant spousal support to a husband or wife when there is a significant difference in income. Temporary spousal support can be granted to help during a transition, or if the marriage lasted longer than 10 years permanent spousal support can be established. Currently, one of the exceptions to this rule is if your soon-to-be ex tried to murder you. Victims rights advocates say this does not go far enough. A recent bill ¨C AB1522 ¨C would extend this exception to spouses who are convicted of other violent sexual felonies. “Victims of violent sex crimes already…

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Unhappy Spouses Need to be Aware of Apps and Social Media Use as a Marriage Unravels

Relationships are established much quicker in our hyper social media age. It used to be that relationships evolved over months but with technology – whether texting, social media, or email communication – everything happens at a rapid pace. For marriages that are on the rocks, a spouse can rekindle or find a new love and intensify the bonds rapidly. A recent article in the Huffington Post highlighted how, “This means more affairs, and perhaps an increased number of marriages breaking up due to technology.” When a person is having a bad day at home with a spouse, they often turn…

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Co-parenting Dynamics Should Be Reviewed to Ensure Kids Are at the Forefront

Co-parenting can be a daunting endeavor. For new divorcees, managing a full-time career, expenses, and kids’ schedules can stress even the most optimistic, upbeat person. In 2012, vow to focus on the kids and living a healthy lifestyle rather than hating the other co-parent. The fact stands that your ex does not live up to your expectations, and probably never will, or your marriage would have lasted. When you can lighten up your hatred toward the ex, you can be happier when you drop them off on the ex’s parenting week or weekend or during special occasions. Treat the ex…

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