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Things to Consider Before Filing for Divorce

Things to Consider Before Filing for Divorce

A divorce is a major decision that will change many things about your life. There should be no shame in asking for and filing for a divorce, but it is worthwhile to ensure that a divorce is truly the next step that you want to take. Discussing divorce with your spouse before you are fully convinced it is the right step can cause irreparable harm to your marriage and drive it to divorce regardless. There are many things to consider before bringing up the discussion with your spouse or filing the papers.

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How Will Property Be Divided in a Divorce in California?

How Will Property Be Divided in a Divorce in California?

A divorce is not typically an easy choice to make, especially when the couple has been together for many years and amassed a large amount of property since the beginning of the marriage. One major concern for the two parties getting a divorce is how this property will be divided between them. Divorce is meant to separate the combined lives of two people, but it may not always be simple and clear how that process will work.

How a divorce will proceed and how property will be divided depends on which state the marriage took place in. There are two different types of states: equitable distribution states and community property states.

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Collaborative Divorce Vs. Divorce Mediation in California Family Law

Collaborative Divorce Vs. Divorce Mediation in California Family Law

Ending a marriage can be one of the most challenging experiences of a person’s life, and when many people imagine divorce, they think of emotionally charged courtroom battles, strict and impersonal divorce order terms, and many uncertainties regarding their futures. So, if you have reached the point where you know you need to end your marriage or if your spouse has filed for divorce, it’s natural to have many pressing legal questions.

You do not need to resolve your divorce entirely through litigation, and many divorcing couples opt for alternative dispute resolution to avoid the stress and expense of divorce court. While you cannot resolve every divorce-related issue privately, taking advantage of alternative dispute resolution can be tremendously beneficial to you and your spouse in many ways.

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How to Find the Right Family Law Attorney in California

How to Find the Right Family Law Attorney in California

Family law is a unique branch of civil law pertaining to legal matters among family members. Divorces, adoptions, child custody determinations, and spousal support determinations are just a few cases that would fall within the purview of family law in California. Therefore, if you are bracing for a divorce and need to resolve custody over your child or face any other type of legal issue about family law, it is vital to seek legal counsel from an attorney you can trust.

The right family law attorney can be invaluable, regardless of your case. If you take the time to find an attorney familiar with cases like yours and they have a solid track record of professional success behind their firm, you can significantly improve your chances of securing a favorable outcome for your case. With thousands of attorneys practicing throughout California, it can feel overwhelming to approach the task of retaining the right one for your case. The following are a few essential considerations when looking for legal counsel for any family law matter in California.

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How Is Pet Custody Determined in California Divorces?

How Is Pet Custody Determined in California Divorces?

Pets are an important part of so many people’s lives. It can be hard to fathom that so many states still treat them the same as community property, with no familial rights whatsoever. California took action to stand out in that regard in 2019 by passing AB 2274. This bill allows a party in divorce proceedings to request consideration of a pet animal’s care for awarding of sole or joint ownership.

For this law, care can include the prevention of harm or cruelty, providing food and shelter, or arranging veterinary care. Those tasks are not exclusive to providing care but serve as a broad baseline for the court to consider.

The law also does not specify specific animals that can serve as pets. Any animal that is community property for the couple and has been a pet in the household or a companion animal can be considered subject to this statute.

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How Do You Identify Emotional Abuse in Your Relationship?

How Do You Identify Emotional Abuse in Your Relationship?

When a spouse is emotionally or physically abusive to their partner, it is vital for the victim to acknowledge the harm they are suffering and seek help. However, that can be difficult to do, especially with emotional abuse, because there are no obvious scars for others to see. That also means those who care about the victim may not even realize there is a problem at home behind closed doors.

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How Does a Divorce Lawyer Help in Mediation?

How Does a Divorce Lawyer Help in Mediation?

It’s common for people to imagine emotionally charged court battles when they think of divorce, but the reality is that most divorcing couples in the US will avoid divorce litigation as much as possible in resolving their dissolution proceedings. Alternative dispute resolution has become the most commonly preferred method of resolving a divorce in California, with mediation being one of the most popular options. During divorce mediation, the divorcing spouses meet privately with a neutral mediator who helps them negotiate terms for their divorce and draft their divorce agreement.

Many people mistakenly believe that divorce mediation eliminates the need to hire a divorce attorney and that divorcing spouses can represent themselves in these proceedings. While it is technically possible to complete divorce mediation without legal counsel, this isn’t a good idea for several reasons. If you are planning to take advantage of divorce mediation in the near future, it’s vital to understand the value of legal representation and the role your attorney will play in this process.

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Assets and Debts Under California’s Community Property Law

Assets and Debts Under California’s Community Property Law

Property division is one of the most important components of the divorce process. California is one of nine US states to uphold a community property law, which many people find unnecessarily rigid when dividing marital assets. Community property law requires all marital property owned by divorcing spouses to be evenly divided. There are very few possible factors that can alter the 50/50 division of marital property under this law.

If you are expecting to divorce in California in the near future, you must understand how the state’s community property law functions and its application to your assets and your debts. Unfortunately, many divorcing spouses overlook the fact that debt is divided the same way assets are divided in a divorce and, in many ways, evaluated along similar lines. Your California divorce attorney can assist you in approaching property division proceedings with greater confidence, and you and your spouse may have the option of resolving this aspect of divorce privately.

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Your Guide to Spousal Support in California

Your Guide to Spousal Support in California

Divorce in California can be incredibly stressful and complicated, especially regarding the financial issues involved. The state upholds a strict community property statute that applies to property division, requiring divorcing spouses to evenly divide their marital assets, property, and debts. However, property division may not entirely resolve the financial issues present in a divorce. In some divorces, one spouse will need to pay spousal support, also known as alimony, to the other. Spousal support typically comes into play when one spouse is financially dependent on the other or unable to support themselves financially for other reasons.

If you plan to divorce in California, it’s natural to have concerns about your potential financial obligations to your soon-to-be ex-spouse. Whether you expect to pay or receive spousal support from your divorce, it’s vital to know how spousal support is determined, how long it lasts, and the conditions that would terminate an existing spousal support agreement.

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4 Things You Should Never Do During Divorce

What to Do If You Discover Important Information After Finalizing Your Divorce

Divorce is never easy, even when spouses are relatively agreeable with one another and reach the mutual decision to end their marriage. There is almost always some emotional discontent in divorce proceedings, and it can be challenging for some spouses to make calculated practical decisions concerning their divorce. Unfortunately, the emotional stress of the divorce process causes some divorcing spouses to lose sight of their best interests. Many people in this position make critical errors that negatively impact their divorce proceedings and their futures beyond divorce.

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