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

Top Divorce Mistakes to Avoid

Even in the best of circumstances, divorce is not an easy process. If you proceed with caution, you can avoid some of the common mistakes that can waste time, increase aggravation, and cost a lot of money. Before you even Read More>

Will My Child Have to Testify at My Divorce Trial?

Children are allowed to testify at trials, even divorce trials. However, this is something that you want to avoid at all costs. It is always best to avoid putting your child in the middle of a dispute between you and Read More>

My Spouse and I Live in Different States. Where Do We Get Divorced?

You got married in California. You and your spouse lived in California together for years. Now you’ve decided to get a divorce and your spouse has moved to Florida. What happens in a divorce when you and your spouse live Read More>

What Happens If My Spouse Dies While We’re in the Middle of a Divorce?

Sometimes it seems as if the hardest parts of life unfold all at once. What happens if you’re in the middle of a divorce and your spouse dies? Does the divorce continue? What happens to the marital assets? What about Read More>

What is Mediation? Is it Right For Me?

Going through a divorce can be one of the most challenging things you’ll ever do. There are so many details you’ll have to address. Who will get custody of the kids, and when? How will your assets and debts be Read More>

Singer Kelis Accused of Violating Child Custody Order

In 2010, music stars Nas and Kelis divorced after five years of marriage. As part of the divorce, the couple had to negotiate terms of custody for their then one-year-old son. Both would have to follow the terms of this Read More>

Can One Spouse Be Forced to Pay For The Other’s Attorney in a Divorce?

In 2017, Grey’s Anatomy star Jesse Williams and Aryn Drake-Lee, his wife of five years, filed for divorce. Since then, the couple has struggled to resolve the matter amicably. Not surprisingly, most of the disputes involve money. Most recently, Drake-Lee Read More>

Are Personal Injury Settlements Community or Separate Property in California?

Long before you decided to get a divorce, you were involved in a Los Angeles car accident. Another driver was to blame, so you filed a personal injury lawsuit for damages. After months of negotiations, you agreed to avoid court Read More>

Can I Change My Child’s Last Name After a Divorce?

When couples get married, one spouse typically takes the last name of the other. While this trend has been becoming less and less popular in recent years, it is still a common practice. When that married couple has a child, Read More>

What to Do If You’ve Been Emotionally Abused During Your Divorce

After losing a spouse or child, nothing is more stressful than getting a divorce. If your spouse thinks that you’re to blame, they may go out of their way to make your life as difficult as possible. Sometimes this will Read More>

What’s the Difference Between Sole and Shared Custody?

One of the biggest challenges of getting divorced is figuring out who will get custody of the kids, and when. One of the first things that ha to be determined is whether one parent will have sole custody of the Read More>

My Wife and Kids Actress Claims Domestic Violence Led to Divorce

Tisha Campbell, best known for her role on My Wife and Kids, filed for divorce from her husband in 2018. Nearly one year later, she has disclosed the reason for the divorce. Campbell claims that estranged husband, actor Duane Martin, Read More>

Is My Spouse Entitled to My Inheritance When We Get Divorced?

One of the most trying aspects of divorce often involves figuring out how to divide and allocate marital assets. Before you can begin to discuss how assets are divided, you have to identify which assets must be allocated. In California, Read More>

Extreme Wealth Could Complicate Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos’ Divorce

The world’s richest man is getting divorced. Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon, recently announced that he and his wife MacKenzie were calling it quits after 25 years of marriage. The couple’s extreme wealth will certainly complicate the divorce. Community Read More>

Tyrese Gibson Asks Court to Limit Child Support Expenses

When parents get divorced, one often has the obligation of paying child support. This responsibility typically falls to the parent who either (a) spends less time with the child or (b) earns more money. When actor Tyrese Gibson divorced his Read More>

Audrina Patridge and Husband Choose Mediation to Help Finalize Divorce

What happens when parents can’t agree on the terms and conditions of their divorce? In many cases, turning to a process like mediation can be incredibly helpful. This is precisely what reality star Audrina Patridge and her estranged husband have Read More>

How Does Incarceration Affect a Parent’s Child Support Obligations?

It’s not uncommon for a child to experience parental incarceration at some point in their young lives. Parental incarceration simply means that one or more of the child’s parents is behind bars for a period of time. Having a parent Read More>

Am I Liable If My Spouse Causes a Car Accident?

No one gets up in the morning and expects to be involved in a car accident. Unfortunately, accidents happen every day. Accidents don’t just affect the drivers and passengers who were involved in the crash. Injuries, financial expenses, and emotional Read More>

Designing a Holiday Child Custody Plan

The winter holidays are right around the corner. This is usually a time when families in Los Angeles gather and spend time together. However, the holidays can be difficult for families when parents are divorced. Figuring out which parent will Read More>

What Happens If I Don’t Sign the Divorce Papers?

Divorce can be a challenging time in your life. This is particularly true if the decision to split up isn’t yours. It’s easy to want to avoid talking about divorce or thinking about the process, at all. You may even Read More>

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