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Blog Posts in 2014

  • 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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