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Category Archives: Divorce


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>

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>

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>

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>

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>

Student Loan Debt Is Destroying Marriage Among Young People

A healthy marriage takes a lot of hard work. You have to commit to working with your spouse and try to navigate life’s most difficult times together. Money and finances are often at the root of many marital problems. Unfortunately, Read More>

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt Struggle to Finalize Their Divorce

Angelina Jolie filed for divorce in September 2016. Nearly two years later, it does not seem as if Jolie and Pitt are any closer to finalizing their split. In California, divorcing spouses have an obligation to agree on the terms Read More>

Can I Sue My Spouse for Defamation During a Divorce?

The process of divorce – which is essentially splitting one family unit into two distinct family units – is tough. Tensions run high. As a result, hurtful and hateful things can be said during a divorce. As divorce attorneys, we Read More>

Six Tips for Getting Through Valentine’s Day During a Divorce

Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching. If you’ve separated from your spouse or are going through a divorce you may be dreading the Hallmark holiday. At Fernandez & Karney, our divorce attorneys know that the holiday can add to the stress Read More>

Three Real Reasons Couples Get Divorced

Why do once-happily married couples end up getting divorced? Divorce can be a time-consuming, expensive, and stressful process, so couples do not make the decision to split lightly. This means that the reasons for a divorce are generally substantial and Read More>

Georgina Chapman Still Silent About Future Divorce From Harvey Weinstein

It has been more than two months since accusations of sexual assault and harassment against Harvey Weinstein began to surface. Since the initial accuser stepped forward, nearly 100 women, including some of the most famous actresses in the country, have Read More>

Is a Nesting Agreement Right For You?

Who gets custody of the kids? Will it be shared equally, or will one parent have sole custody? Where will the children live after a divorce? When will the non-custodial parent be allowed to have visitation? These are all incredibly Read More>

Understanding the Custody of Pets in a Los Angeles Divorce

When some couples get divorced the first question that they are asked is “who gets custody of the kids?” Today, it seems as though couples are waiting longer to have children. In many cases, couples get divorced before they even Read More>

Allegations of Sexual Assault Could Impact Harvey Weinstein Divorce

The entertainment community, and Los Angeles in particular, is reeling after dozens of reports of sexual harassment involving a top industry player surfaced earlier this month. More than 30 women have come out and accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault Read More>

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