What Forms are Involved in the Initial Filing of a Divorce?
If you are thinking about filing for divorce in Los Angeles, you may be wondering what steps you need to take to do so. Ideally, you should consult with an experienced family law attorney to get an idea of the road map of divorce in California and what your initial filings will be. Initial Filings to Commence a Divorce Case Try to get an overview of the process so you know…Read More
Can My Domestic Partner Ask for Spousal Support?
Domestic partnerships in California are becoming more common, as are same-sex marriages. Some couples decide to enter into a domestic partnership instead of a same-sex marriage for personal reasons. However, in the eyes of California family law, a domestic partnership is a lot like a marriage. Registered domestic partnerships are defined as two adults agreeing to be in an intimate, committed and caring relationship, formalized with a filing of a…Read More
Will a Criminal Past Affect My Divorce?
If you have a criminal past, you may be wondering how or if that will come into play in your family law matters. This depends on just what issues are at hand in your divorce. It also depends on what your crime was. Many people have minor offenses on their record and these may not affect divorce proceedings at all. However, if you have any violent offenses, offenses against children…Read More
Do I Have to Appear in Court for My Divorce?
California does not have any law requiring you to appear in court for your divorce. You have a few options for how to handle your divorce and some do not involve appearing in court at all. First, if you and your spouse can agree on all issues in the divorce, you may simply draft up your agreements, sign off on them, and submit them, along with the appropriate documents, to…Read More
Can I Travel During Divorce Litigation?
If your divorce is in litigation, you may have several hearings before your issues can be resolved. You are probably in disagreement with the other party over one or more issues and might be having your attorneys fighting for what you want in court, if you are not representing yourself. In most cases, you do not need to have much in-person involvement while your attorney does this. You may need…Read More
What is a Court Issued Order?
In the world of divorce, much of what is finalized goes into a court order. A court order is a document representing an order from the court to do something. Orders can be issued on a wide range of issues. A domestic violence restraining order can be issued in domestic violence cases, which order a person to not contact another person. Child support and custody orders can be issued in cases…Read More
What is Divorce Settlement?
It may come to no surprise to you that divorces can sometimes end up as long, expensive legal battles in court. Very few couples will actually agree on everything in a divorce and so most will have to work through issues and come to a compromise on many issues. There a few ways you can do this. You can work with a mediator or a collaborative law facilitator to come…Read More
Are Divorce Documents Public Record?
A divorce is a very personal and intimate thing to have to go through. Although it involves the legal process of a dissolution of marriage in California, it is still something very personal to your and your family. While your marriage is ending, you have to handle the business side of divorce, which involves dividing all community assets and debts, arranging for spousal support and scheduling your parental time with…Read More