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Read the latest blog posts from legal professionals regarding divorce, child custody and property division.

Violating a Restraining Order During a Family Law Matter

A divorce, separation, or child custody battle can cause tensions and emotions to run high. In some cases, these emotions have the potential to create a dangerous situation. When one spouse or parent feels threatened they may ask the court Read More>

Does California Recognize Common Law Marriage?

Some couples do not want to go through the process of having their relationship formally recognized by the government. Some cohabitate for so long that the government recognizes a de facto marriage between the couple. Some states permit and acknowledge Read More>

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 Read More>

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 Read More>

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 Read More>

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 Read More>

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 Read More>

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 Read More>

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, Read More>

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 Read More>

Understanding Interim Orders In Divorce Cases

Shortly after the respondent receives formal notice of marriage dissolution proceedings through service of process, the judge normally holds a temporary hearing to make interim determinations about child custody, child support, property division, spousal support, and other matters. Needless to Read More>

Getting Things Started: Serving Divorce Papers in California

In just a few short years, social media has radically transformed the way we communicate with one another, so a New York judge may have sparked a national trend when he allowed a divorce petitioner to serve marriage dissolution papers Read More>

Modifying Family Law Orders In California

During their adult lifetimes, most people relocate about twelve times. Some people move to get away from family, be closer to friends, or to get a fresh start in life; many more people relocate because of a job change or Read More>

Agreed Property Divisions In Divorce Cases

With the Los Angeles Dodgers back in the National League Championship Series, the team is in the headlines because of its on-the-field performance. But a little over a year ago, the team was in the headlines because of what happened Read More>

Domestic Violence and Protective Orders

Domestic violence is an increasingly common issue here in California. Earlier this month, in California, Tom Sizemore, Darren Collison (an NBA player for the Sacramento Kings), and Campbell City Councilman Jeffrey Cristina, just to name a few, were all arrested Read More>

Does California Allow Common Law Marriages?

When people think of marriage, they think of a ceremony, usually in a church, where the couple formally pronounces their vows in front of their families, friends, and a member of the clergy. At the very least, it involves a Read More>

What Is the Difference Between a Domestic Partnership and a Same-Sex Marriage?

California provides same-sex couples with two legally recognized unions they can declare. Same-sex couples in California can now formalize their union by either getting married or entering into a registered domestic partnership. Read More>

How Do I Demonstrate Standard of Living in Litigation?

In California divorces, status quo is important. The status quo is the standing of living the two parties to the divorce enjoyed and had grown used to over the course of the marriage. Generally, family law courts will strive to maintain the marital standard of living when they are making a determination on spousal support. Read More>

How Soon Can I Get Spousal Support?

In many divorces, one spouse will need spousal support after the physical separation in order to meet costs. Temporary spousal support can be awarded to this spouse, to help them meet their living expenses while the divorce is worked out. Read More>

How Do I Respond to a Petition and Summons?

If you have been served with divorce papers, and choose to respond, you have 30 days from the date you were served in which to file a response. Read More>

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