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  • Attorney Gibbs Selected to Super Lawyers for 2016

    || 20-Jan-2016

    We are proud to announce that our Orange County divorce lawyer, Attorney Kevin B. Gibbs, has been selected for inclusion in the 2016 Super Lawyers list. This is a prestigious distinction earned by just 5% of the attorneys in California, and is a testament to the dedicated, expert counsel we provide our clients. Resolve your legal matters with the help of our Certified Family Law Specialist. Call ...
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  • Fighting for Custody? Avoid Doing These Four Things

    || 7-Oct-2015

    When facing a divorce, parents have to juggle a number of different priorities to successfully end their marriage. There is property division to worry about, long-term finances, and, of course, the custody and well-being of any children. This juggling must all happen while the spouses are in a distressed and emotional state, as well. Unfortunately, divorce clients who want to make child custody a ...
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  • Understanding Separate Property in California

    || 18-Sep-2015

    For many couples, property division is one of the most stressful and contentious parts of their divorce. California is a community property state, which means that everything that the couple acquires during the course of their marriage is subject to division by the courts in the event of a divorce. However, there are exceptions made for "separate property." Clients who are concerned with ...
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  • Californians Can Now Pay Child Support at 7-Eleven

    || 11-Aug-2015

    Starting this month, Californians with child support payments will now have an even more convenient way of making their payments. Early this August, the California Department of Child Support Services debuted PayNearMe, a new option available for parents shopping at 7-Eleven. As Times-Herald News reports, PayNearMe will now be available at 1,600 7-Eleven locations throughout California. During a ...
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  • Supreme Court Rules Same-Sex Marriage a Constitutional Right

    || 17-Jul-2015

    On June 26, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on a decision countless people have been waiting to hear for a very long time: the nationwide legalization of same-sex marriage. In a split 5-4 decision, the justices ruled that our Constitution guaranteed the right to marry to all Americans, sparking celebration in LGBT communities all over the country. Speaking for the court's majority, Justice ...
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  • A significant portion of divorces that take place every year involve a couple that has been married for a great deal of time. In fact, the largest population of divorcing couples are called "gray divorces," meaning that the coupleis older than expected and generally married for some time. When two people split after building a home, life and family together, it is sure to be a difficult ...
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  • Late last month, California lawmakers in the state senate approved Senate Bill 585—which would allow Child Support Services to intercept insurance payouts meant for parents who are behind on their child support payments. As Insurance Journal reports, SB585 was passed with a strong 29-4 vote and is now on its way to the Assembly for further consideration. Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones ...
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  • Is a Measure to End Alimony Coming to a California Ballot?

    || 14-May-2015

    Is the end of spousal support as we know it coming to California? If Huntington Beach resident Steve Clark and his grassroots organization CalAlimonyReform.org has their way, it could be. Clark is an IT consultant who recently went through a divorce battle and was shocked at just how expensive spousal support (or alimony) could be in California. He has now been speaking to the press since last ...
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  • California Appeals Court Hands Down Controversial Child Custody Ruling

    || 14-Apr-2015

    Earlier this month, California's 2nd District Court of Appeal handed down what many are calling a surprising and controversial child custody ruling. The decision has ordered that a Los Angeles County mother surrender custody of her teenage daughter. Even though the record has shown that the mother has been a vigilant parent, the troubled teenager will now live with her grandparents. According ...
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  • What to Look for in a Mediator

    || 25-Mar-2015

    For many couples, mediation is a healthy and affordable alternative for reaching a middle ground during a divorce proceeding. The benefits of mediation over a court resolution are many and, for couples who believe they can work together to amicably dissolve their divorce, it is a wonderful option that can spare feelings, avoid lengthy court proceedings, and eliminate costly legal fees. Before ...
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  • Downsides of a Contested Divorce

    || 22-Sep-2014

    It is not uncommon for spouses to disagree on one or more issues in a divorce. Sometimes, these disagreements can lead to bitter disputes. Some spouses believe that they have no other choice but to take their negotiations to court and hire a lawyer to represent their interests. Spouses may not readily agree on certain issues, but that does not mean that a judge has to make decisions on their ...
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  • What You Should Expect from a Divorce Mediator

    || 4-Sep-2014

    Divorces can be hard on all parties involved in the process. Emotions may be running high, and the prospect of making arrangements for property and custody can seem overwhelming. For this reason, many spouses choose mediation as an alternative method of divorce. There are many benefits to divorce mediation, but like any important decision, spouses should be aware of all of their options and what ...
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  • Why You Should Consider Divorce Mediation

    || 27-Aug-2014

    It is not unreasonable to want help working through a divorce. Even a relatively amicable separation can encounter snags that create difficult situation for the parties involved. Many couples would like to avoid court proceedings and attorney involvement, but because they are not fully informed about their options, they see no other choice. However, there are several alternative methods of ...
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  • Distribution of Property and Debt in a Divorce

    || 26-Aug-2014

    In the unfortunate circumstance that you and your spouse seek a divorce, there are multiple factors to be considered when dividing property and debt. A good way to start is by making a list denoting which items are separate property, which items are community property and what the market value of each item is. The Schedule of Assets and Debts will require you to do this to complete your divorce ...
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  • Enforcement of Child Support in California

    || 3-Feb-2014

    In California, once a child support obligation has been put into effect by a family court, it becomes a legally binding order. Parents are expected to provide financial support for their children. When they fail to fulfill this obligation, it is taken very seriously by the courts. A custodial parent who is not receiving child support payments as determined by the court can take legal action ...
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  • Establishing Paternity in California

    || 27-Jan-2014

    Establishing paternity is necessary in the case of unmarried couples who have children in order to protect certain legal rights for the mother, father, and child. Every child is entitled to the financial support of his or her biological father whether the father is married to the child's mother or not. In cases where the parents are not married, a father can establish his paternity at the time ...
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  • Requirements for Stepparent/Domestic Partner Adoptions

    || 6-Jan-2014

    There are many cases in which a person may want to adopt the child or his or her spouse or domestic partner. This type of adoption is referred to as a "stepparent adoption" or a "domestic partner adoption." This usually requires the other biological parent to provide consent for the adoption (when this is possible or appropriate), which results in that parent losing his or her ...
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  • Growing Trend: Collaborating with Your Former Spouse After Divorce

    || 30-Dec-2013

    When people hear the word " divorce," they tend to think of ex-spouses who are either constantly fighting or who want nothing to do with each other. A recent USA Today article, however, reported that more and more divorced couples are actually making efforts to work together amicably—oftentimes for the sake of the children, but sometimes even when no children are involved. In one ...
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  • Including Holiday Schedules in Your Parenting Plan

    || 23-Dec-2013

    When spouses with children get divorced, they need to draw up parenting plans as part of their child custody agreements. A parenting plan is basically a guide for how the soon-to-be ex-spouses will co-parent. It outlines specific terms, such as when the child will be with each parent and for how long. It is important that parents include holiday schedules in the parenting plan, which determines ...
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