Understanding How Social Media Can Affect Your Divorce

Social media has become an integral part of our everyday lives. If you survey your friends and family, chances are you’ll have a harder time identifying someone who does not use social media than identifying those who do. According to Pew, nearly 7 in 10 Americans use at least one social media platform. Many of us use social media to share our thoughts, feelings, interests, and activities. This can be…

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Legal Protections for Growing Population of Cohabitating Couples

The American Dream is changing. Years ago, the American Dream looked something like this: go to school, get a job, fall in love, get married, buy a home, have children, retire. It was a common path and defined the lives of many Americans. Today, however, fewer Americans are sticking to this traditional life trajectory. Fewer young Americans are buying homes, more young Americans are putting off serious romantic relationships until…

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Transmutation Agreements in California

When you divorce in California you may wonder what happens to your property. Who gets the house? What about the car? Can you keep your entire baseball card collection that may be worth hundreds of dollars, or will you have to split that with your soon-to-be ex-spouse? The answer is that it depends. Status of Marital Property in California California is what is called a community property state. This means…

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Dividing Employee Benefits in Divorce

Most employers offer options for employees to participate in employee benefit programs as a way to reduce the amount(s) they pay in salaries each year. Many employee benefit plans offer great tax advantages for both employers and employees, so they tend to be incredibly popular. If you are considering a divorce in California you should understand how your employee benefit and retirement plans will be affected. Retirement Benefits Considered Community…

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Top 5 Steps When Going Through a Divorce

If you’re marriage is ending and you’re not sure to do, we put together a list of the top 5 steps to take when going through a divorce. The steps include: 1. Organize Your Financial Records For example, make sure you collect bank statements, info on retirement accounts, and tax returns. These will come in handy as you proceed with dividing your assets. 2. Get a Copy Of Your Credit…

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How to Get an Annulment in California

If you’re recently gotten married but are trying to find a way to have the marriage dissolved, you may be able to get an annulment. In California, married individuals can dissolve a marriage through a divorce or by petitioning for an annulment. The legal result in the wake of either of these dissolutions is strikingly different. A divorce is a legal termination of a valid marriage. An annulment, on the…

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Summary Dissolution: An Alternative to Divorce in California

In some situations, you may want to seek an alternative way to dissolve a marriage. Divorces are often viewed in a negative light, and couples who want to split amicably may benefit from seeking a summary dissolution. In some situations, California spouses or domestic partners may petition to have their marriage or partnership dissolved by petitioning the court for a summary dissolution. Who Can Get a Summary Dissolution? If you…

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What To Include in a Prenuptial Agreement

When Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie shocked the world with news of their divorce enquiring minds seemed to want the inside scoop on one thing in particular – was there a prenup, and, if so, who gets what in the divorce? It seems as though, with the seemingly constant flow of celebrity weddings and subsequent divorces, prenuptial agreements have become a standard precaution. In California, engaged couples are permitted to…

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