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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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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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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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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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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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Gerald Maggio Honored As “Attorney of Distinction” In Orange Coast Magazine

Gerald “Gerry” Maggio and The Maggio Law Firm have been recognized as “Attorneys of Distinction” in the November 2018 Edition of Orange Coast Magazine. Entitled “A Collaborative Effort in Divorce and Family Law Matters,” the featured article explores Maggio’s reputation for providing strong yet compassionate representation while seeking reasonable resolutions and the best possible outcome for his clients. With 250,000 monthly readers according to their website, Orange Coast magazine is widely celebrated as a top-quality publication that informs and entertains the county’s most affluent community members. It’s been ranked the “Best City and Metropolitan Magazine” in California by the Western…

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