How Do I Serve My Spouse with Divorce Papers?

One of the most important parts of your divorce will be the service of the other party, your spouse, with the Summons and Petition for Dissolution. Service of your spouse, also called service of process, is an important step because from the date they are served, their deadline to respond starts counting down. When serving initial divorce papers, personal service is required, meaning someone must actually hand the papers to…

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What is Domestic Violence?

Domestic violence, in California as well as elsewhere, affects many families. Domestic violence happens more than you would realize, in part because it is so hard to recognize. The traditional depiction of domestic violence is often a husband beating his wife. While this is indeed a common occurrence of domestic violence, the legal definition of domestic violence is much more broad. First, a domestic violence victim does not have to…

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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…

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What is a Post-Nuptial Agreement?

Many couples choose to enter into prenuptial agreements, prior to marriage. Prenuptial agreements, also called prenups, can help protect the assets you had going into the marriage from becoming community assets. They also put on paper all of the assets and debts you and your spouse are going into the marriage with so, if in the case of divorce, your property division will be simplified. Many people find prenups unromantic…

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Can I Do My Divorce Online?

The Internet has changed how we do many things, from shopping to dating to even divorce. Today, many aspects of a divorce can be done online and through various forms of electronic records filing and communication. However, just as getting married involved getting your marriage license in person and being joined in union in person, getting a divorce requires some proof that you actually exist and that both parties are…

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How is My Personal Information Protected in a Divorce?

Confidentiality is a major concern for those filing for divorce and for a good reason. A lot of personal information will be exchanged between various parties as your divorce is worked out and discovery is exchanged. Discovery is the documents and information you exchange with the other party to the divorce, or more likely their attorney, prior to trial. This will include many records and documents that contain personal information….

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What Does In Good Faith Mean?

As you talk to attorneys and read about the divorce process, you may come across the term “good faith”. Being in good faith basically means you are participating in or contributing to something honestly and fairly, adhering to the guidelines and expectations of that certain act or thing. On the other hand, bad faith implies dishonesty, negligence and a disregard for responsibility and duty. For example, one spouse may be…

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What is a Certified Family Law Specialist?

When you are looking for a good family law attorney, you may be surprised to find out just how many attorneys claim to practice family law and handle divorces. While it is true many practicing attorneys can handle a divorce, if their specialty is in another field, they may be no better prepared to handle a divorce than you are. Attorneys that practice family law exclusively are the best bet…

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