Getting a Divorce — What is the Best Route for You?

No one wants to deal with a divorce, but it is a situation that occurs more often than we would like. Because divorce can be a long and difficult process it is vital to pick the right family law attorney. You will want someone to guide you through this strenuous process from beginning until the …

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Infidelity and the Courts

So, you have now made the gut-wrenching decision to file for dissolution of marriage upon learning that your spouse has been having an affair.  To you, it matters not that it was an email fling or it was a full physical relationship.  Your trust is broken.  You are upset and hurt.  You have minor children …

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Pregnant and Divorcing

It’s not rare for either spouse to have an emotional freak out when you get pregnant. This can often lead to divorce, marital issues or separation. As hard as it may seem, it might be best for you and your child in the long run. So what’s it like to be going through a divorce …

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Managing Same-Sex Parenting of Blended Families

With two kids and three moms, Dr. Colleen Logan, a psychotherapist, found her parenting situation to be quite different from the norm. She wrote a few tips in a HuffPost article that any other blended families with same-sex parents might find helpful. 1) Work out a schedule. It’s always easier to figure out who is …

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Finding Love Post-Divorce

Finding the “one” is not easy, but what if you thought you found the “one” but you were wrong and now you’re trying again? That can be even harder. Going through a divorce or separation and then trying to date again is rarely easy. Even in a place like California with tons of romantic date spots, dating …

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Retirement Division in California

Marital property division is much more complex that you might realize, especially in California. It can make the divorce process last months or even years. “Marital property” isn’t just the land you live on, in fact, it’s much more. One of the more complex issues surrounding a California divorce that falls under marital property is …

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How to Succeed at Divorce

We spend a lot of time talking about how to “get through” a divorce, but what about coming out on top? Is it possible to “succeed” at divorce? The editors at HuffPost think so, and we agree. With the help of an experienced family divorce attorney, you can “win” divorce. Here are a few tips …

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Divorce: A New Year’s Resolution

Posted by California Divorce Lawyer: It’s mid-way through December, so if you haven’t started thinking of your new year’s resolutions yet… it’s time. “Divorce” is certainly not as common as “going to the gym” when it comes to resolutions. In fact, it may seem odd. However, Bari Weinberger, Esq. believes that it’s fairly common… and a …

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When Co-Parenting is Tough

Parenting is known as the hardest job in the world, and that’s when both parents are under one roof. After a divorce or separation, parenting (or “co-parenting”) can be even more challenging. You’ll go through ups and downs, and some days will be more challenging than others. Psychologist Dr. Peggy Kruger Tietz recently shared some advice …

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Gray Divorce Revolution

A used-to-be great marriage, three kids and a few dogs later… there is an increasing number of spouses that are getting divorced in their 40’s and 50’s. Once you send the last kid of to college and you actually have to start focusing on your relationship again, your relationship may crumble. And that can be scary. You …

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New California Law Will Allow For More Than Two Legal Parents

California Governor Jerry Brown recently signed a bill into a law that will allow a child to have more than two legal parents. California is joining two other states and D.C. by making this change. According to a press release, the bill was written to match the growing number of families with same-sex parents, biological …

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Spruce Up Your Home

Author and divorce blogger Lois Tarter recently wrote a post regarding a new, fun way to help you move on from your marriage– a home makeover! You may have the place to yourself now, and the way your house/apartment looks may remind you of your husband or wife. It may not be the smartest time …

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Using Experts in Divorce

While our family law attorneys are experienced in helping families throughout the divorce process, they are experts in the law. Child advocate Caroline Choi recently shared a few other experts you may want to consider using, and we thought we’d share her information with you. An expert can be court-appointed or retained by you and/or …

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How to Prepare For Your First Mediation Session

We’ve discussed in this blog whether you should or shouldn’t use mediation, what it is, how it can help, etc. So let’s assume that you’ve decided to go through with the process. Where do you start? Divorce Mediator Michelle Rozen recently shared these eight things you should do prior to your first mediation session, and …

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Telling Your Child He/She Needs Therapy

The simple title of this post could cause some parents anxiety. For a variety of reasons, some parents are truly terrified to even try to tell their children that they may need to see a therapist. Many children should see a therapist after their parents divorce or separate, but that’s a tough thing to talk …

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Taking to Children About Divorce

HealthNewsDigest recently posted an article with tips regarding how to talk to your kids about divorce, and we thought we’d share the information here. Telling your kids that you will be splitting from your spouse is one of the hardest things a parent can do. Depending on the age of your children, they may not …

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Negotiate or Litigate

That’s the million dollar question. Everyone going through a divorce needs to decide what process they’ll take. The decision you make may have a great impact on you and on your loved ones who will ultimately feel the pain of the divorce as well– such as your children.

Divorce Basics

We spend a lot of time discussing the intricacies of divorce, so this post is dedicated to the basics in California. Why? Because simply knowing the basics can save you time and money, and we’re all about that.

Dealing with Change

One of the hardest parts of divorce for most people is the amount of change that will occur. Many of the stable things in your life that have been that way for potentially many years change rapidly. Change is inevitable when divorcing or separating. But here are a few tips from Cheryl Dillon, CPC, ELI-MP that can help …

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3 Steps to a Happy Divorce

People spend a lot of time talking about how tobe happy post-divorce. That includes how to move on, date again, co-parent, etc. But what about the time while you’re in divorce? Unfortunately divorce can be a long process- sometimes it can take years, God forbid. Here are three easy steps Dr. Lisa Kaplin shared with …

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Divorced Parents Will Fail

If you’re a divorced parent, you understand the deep desires to protect your kids, ensure that they have a “normal” upbringing, and that co-parenting or single parenting won’t negatively affect them. It’s (or it should be) every parent’s wish to make sure their kids and taken care of. Especially if you were dragged through your …

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Tips for Baby Boomers

A fairly new term in the divorce world is “Gray Divorce,” referring to the rising rate of divorce among baby boomers. Given that the rate is rising fast enough in California to coin a term, we thought we’d share HuffPost’s best tips for baby boomers going through a divorce or separation.

No More Robots!

A guest post from Dr. Karen Finn: When you got married, chances are it was a happy occasion and you had dreams of “Happily Ever After.” Leaving the idea of “Happily Ever After” and getting to the point in a marriage when divorce becomes a viable option is usually extremely painful and confusing.  Actually making …

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Getting Over Your Ex

We’ve written before about the many different ways to get over an ex post-divorce. If you googled the idea, you could probably find 100 different ways from thousands of people who have different ideas about how to move past a messy divorce. So instead of providing a long list, we thought we’d share just three …

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Keys to Trust While Dating- Part 2

A guest post from Dr. Karen Finn: Divorce can shake a person’s ability to trust someone else to the core.  Yet, in order for any relationship to thrive, trust is a necessity.  In this Part 2 of The 8 Keys to Trust in a Post-Divorce Relationship, I’ll share keys 5-8 on what characteristics must be …

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How Much Does Divorce Cost?

Well there’s a question we get often. And the obvious answer is still true… every divorce is different. But there are some parameters. Most people say that a divorce will cost anywhere from $15,000 to $20,000. So what fees can you expect: attorney fees, court costs, costs for parent education classes, fees for neutral evaluations …

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Who Can You Trust?

A guest post from Dr. Karen Finn: Divorce is the result of a betrayal of a trust.  A trust we place in another to love, support and care about us.  It’s also a trust we encourage our partner to place in us – to trust us to love them, to support them and to care …

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There’s Always a Silver Lining

As devastating and stressful as divorce can be, going through it with the right attitude can help us learn and grow. No one gets married planning on a divorce, but far too often it happens. We have a choice at that juncture in life; we can become bitter and depressed, or we can focus on …

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California Divorce Mediation

As mediation becomes an increasingly popular approach to resolving family law issues, you may be curious as to why so many divorcing couples choose mediation.

The Power of Words

Bitterness, hateful words, and negative body language toward your ex may make yo feel good for the moment, but in actuality they can only eat you up inside and harm your children. Self control when communicating with your ex or about your ex can create a more peaceful relationship for you and your kids.

To Move or Not to Move?

One of the many decisions you must wrestle with during a break-up or divorce is whether to remain in the family home or move out. This is more complicated than it may appear at first. There are a number of considerations.

Survival Guide

Anyone going through a traumatic circumstance such as a divorce needs an occasional distraction. When your world is ostensibly coming apart at the seams it can consume you if you allow it to do so.

Disconnect Online

If signing on to Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, etc. is making it difficult for you to emotionally let go of you of your ex; if you find yourself tempted to log in and follow the activities of your ex, perhaps you need to disconnect. To avoid the pain, stress and probably the sadness brought on by …

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Four Phases of Divorce Recovery

Divorce is one of the most stressful life changes you can experience.  When I went through my divorce, I felt as if I had been tied up, blindfolded and strapped into the front car of a run-away rollercoaster.  It was terrifying!  What made it so bad was that I didn’t know what to expect next …

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What About Sex…?

Going through a separation or divorce is always a traumatic experience. Even the easiest and friendliest divorce can cause feelings of regret, failure, and nostalgia. Experts have said that the longer you have been in a committed relationship, the longer it takes to heal if that relationship ends; it could take months or years; give …

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Helping Dads Connect to Kids

Bohm Wildish: Divorce Advice – Mothers are typically known for being able to emotionally connect easier with their children. Whether that’s due to socialization or gender makeup is up for debate. Fathers sometimes struggle to connect with their children, and being a single parent or trying to parent without Mom there can make it even …

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May 2013: Financial Considerations in Divorce

Securing Your Finances and Property in Divorce Along with emotional concerns, your financial situation is going to be a primary focus throughout your divorce case. It’s important to understand how marital property can be divided, and what your personal and court responsibilities are in each property ruling

Before Your California Divorce

As you face the prospect of divorce, you are faced with a number of important decisions to make. Thankfully, you do not have to make an uninformed decision. This information will help you plan your divorce properly and prepare you for all that the divorce process entails. Use this information as a guide through the …

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February 2013: Divorce and Children

When children are involved in a divorce, one must proceed cautiously so as not to cause additional harm to the children. Many times, children need significant reassurances from both parents to see them through the divorce process.

Update These Documents After Divorce

A guest post by Dr. Karen Finn: When you get divorced there are all kinds of paperwork and documentation you need to update, change, create and just be able to put your hands on at a moment’s notice.  It can feel overwhelming to have to deal with all of this on top of the emotional …

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The Rising Popularity of Postnuptial Agreements

According to the California Family Code a married couple is in a “fiduciary” relationship, which is, they are duty bound to deal fairly with each other.  Under the law, however, each of them may enter into a transaction respecting property with each other or any other person of their choosing just as though they were unmarried.

Perks of Single Parenting

California Divorce and Family Law Firm – Bohm Wildish: There are few things harder about post-divorce or post-separation life than single or co-parenting. But if your marriage was slightly dysfunctional and your parenting style wasn’t working in the relationship, you may actually find single parenting refreshing. Either way, there will be challenges to not having …

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Casual Sex – Good Idea?

Everyone agrees that after a divorce or separation, each individual needs to heal. Even the easiest of divorces are never simple, and you may struggle with feelings of regret and nostalgia for months or years after you split from your spouse. The way that people should heal, however, if a much debated topic. Some people …

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Co-Parenting: How to Be Successful

Ask any parent and he/she will tell you that parenting is the hardest job the world. It’s also the most rewarding job at times, but there is not doubt that it’s not easy. So you can imagine, or you know, how tough it can be if you’re not with your husband or wife anymore. A …

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Postnups: Are They Worth It?

Bohm Wildish: California Postnuptial Agreements – Singing a prenup (prenuptial agreement) is fairly common practice that everyone is aware of. Many couples decide to sign a prenup to figure out financial issues that will save headaches and protect individuals in the case of a split. But what about a postnuptial agreement? Are you considering signing …

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Sex After Divorce

Bohm Wildish: Divorce Advice – Here’s a taboo topic for women. You’ve been with the same man for five, ten, or thirty years and now you’re divorced. You’ll most likely start dating again. Depending on how quickly you want to take things, you’ll eventually start having sex again… most likely. You’ve only slept with one …

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Calming Your Fears

When I got divorced, FEAR was my constant companion. I was afraid of almost everything and I spent a lot of time imagining catastrophes that could happen to me. Some of the catastrophes I vividly pictured were being trapped in my home by a tornado (that was the happy version – the worst version was just being obliterated …

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Keeping Social Media in Check

Does it seem like social media exists solely to stress you out and show you things that will make you sad? Facebook exists to connect the world, but connecting with your ex is probably the last thing you want to do when you’re going through a divorce or separation. Whether you’re just starting the divorce …

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Divorce: What You Need to Survive

Bohm Wildish: Divorce Advice – If there’s ever a time you need distraction, it’s when you’re going through a divorce. Ending a marriage or separating from someone that has been the center of your world can take over all of your thoughts. It’s important to think about the divorce when need be, but not let …

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Five Lessons Learned from Divorce

Bohm Wildish: Orange County Family Law – People always say that we learn and grow the most when life isn’t easy. But is that true when dealing with something as awful as divorce? Absolutely. No one wants to divorce until they realize they really need to, and it can be devastating. But there is a …

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Four Things To Never Tell Yourself Post-Divorce

Bohm Wildish: Post Divorce Tips – We can all be our own biggest critic. When a big part of your life has changed or you’re in a transition period and can’t find someone to blame, many of us blame ourselves. This can be very unhealthy post-divorce or separation, and it can really hinder your recovery …

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Why It’s Better to Be a Single Parent

Bohm Wildish: Divorce Advice – Being a single parent is not an ideal situation. No matter how you spin it, almost everyone agrees that having two parents is better than one. However, being a single parent post-divorce or separation gets a worse rep than it deserves, and there are advantages to raising children alone.

Dividing a Business

Bohm Wildish: Divorce Business Ownership – Divorce finance is complicated as it is, but trying to divide a business makes it extremely vital to know the process before making business decisions. The business is typically an asset and a source of income for the couple.

Beware of the Pitfalls of Estate Planning During a Divorce

Furthermore, when individuals complete their divorce, they are not always immediately motivated to revisit their estate plan. It is important for both family law practitioners and estate planners to advise their clients who are involved in divorce as to potential pitfalls regarding the ramifications to their estate plan. They will need to understand what happens …

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Divorce’s Affect on Credit

Bohm Wildish – Divorce and Taxes: Tax season is here– everyone’s favorite time of year. (Not.) Most people are currently thinking about their finances, their taxes, their credit score, etc. More than 75% of California marriages end in divorce, so many of our clients from Orange County and Los Angeles are especially worried about finances …

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New Tax Laws Affecting Divorcing Women

Bohm Wildish – Divorce and Taxes: Congress passed the American Taxpayer Relief Act (ATRA) at the beginning of this year to prohibit tax increases to the middle class and spending cuts in motion if no action were taken, and to avoid the “fiscal cliff.” But if you were in the middle of a divorce settlement, …

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Positive Effects of Divorce on Children

Bohm Wildish – Divorce Advice: People spend a lot of time talking about how hard divorce is on children, and they’re right. The home with their mother and father is all most kids have known since birth, and tearing that apart can be very challenging. It often turns into the most traumatic event of a …

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Valentine’s Day After Divorce

Bohm Wildish, Orange County Family Law Firm: Valentine’s Day is a day full of love and happiness for many people, and a day of loneliness for many others. People who have recently gone through a divorce or separation, or who are currently in the process, might have it hardest. Romance and love seems to be …

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Divorce and Anger

Bohm Wildish: Divorce Advice – In a recent post we talked about hating your ex post-split, and who’s that really hurting. We all can agree that anger isn’t helping us at all, but can we recognize when we’re too angry? If your anger over a messy divorce or a sour-ending marriage is justified, should you …

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Hate Won’t Help

We see people every month from Orange County and Los Angeles, California looking to divorce who start fuming when speaking of their soon-to-be-ex. Divorce can be very trying, and it’s ok to be upset. But once the divorce is over, it’s time to move on. People tend to forget that holding onto to the hateful …

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Let Your Children Be Children

Bohm Wildish :: Divorce Advice – The new year is underway and your divorce is recently finalized. The next few months are challenging and pivotal. Marriage and family therapist Marie Hartwell-Walker, Ed.D. recently outlined one of the biggest mistakes recently divorced parents make in a HuffPost Divorce article we thought we’d share.

Orange County Celeb Divorce: Why We Care

Lynne Curtin, former star of the Real Housewives of Orange County, has officially pulled the plug on her 22-year marriage. Lynne, who appeared in seasons 4 and 5, filed for divorce in Orange County Superior Court to divorce her husband Frank Curtin, citing “irreconcilable differences, according to TMZ.

Divorce Mediation Tips

Bohm Wildish :: Irvine, California Divorce Attorneys – Many divorcing couples admit to not understanding divorce mediation. Is it the same thing as hiring an attorney? What purpose does it serve? Mediation, as used in law, is a form of alternative dispute resolution, a way of resolving disputes between two or more parties with concrete …

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A New Year’s Resolution: Divorce?

Salon.com states that divorce is almost as popular of a new year’s resolution as losing weight! That may seem surprising, but there are several reasons for this. For example, many affairs are discovered during the holidays. The “new year, new life” mantra also leads many people to rediscover themselves and want they want with the …

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Tips for Surviving the Holidays

The holidays demand a huge amount of time and effort, and they can be especially challenging for divorced couples. Every split couple with kids is in a slightly different situation and family dynamic, and there isn’t one easy answer for everyone. But Ann Blumenthal Jacobs, author of “Love for Grown Ups”, recently wrote an article …

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Recently Divorced Holiday Tips

For many people, this Christmas may be the first holiday time spent as a single person in many years. While the holidays are a great time of joy and happiness, they can also be a time of sadness and challenges for many. Joanie Winberg, CEO of the Association of Divorce from Women and Children recently …

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Helping Children with Split Families During the Holidays

The holidays can be the happiest time of year for many families. But there are few people who aren’t at least a little stressed and over-emotional by late-December. The tension and the stress of the holidays can definitely feel greater to split families. We know that no matter the status or situation of your marriage, …

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Understanding COBRA

Health insurance is essential for people at any age. You want to sign onto a plan that will give you the best coverage for you and your family.  However, what happens when your family encounters a divorce? Since there are an increasing number of divorces each year, the courts are no longer awarding health insurance.  …

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Health Insurance Advice for Divorcing Men

A recent article by Laura Langenburg in Dads Divorce outlines the health insurance challenges men may face during and after divorce. The courts will usually require parties to maintain status quo during the divorce proceedings– men will need to continue paying for their wives’ insurance if they were paying during the marriage. Maintaining health insurance after …

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Women Losing Insurance Post-Divorce

A new study by the University of Michigan reports that thousands of women in the U.S. are losing health insurance after divorcing. The study found that 115,000 women in the U.S. lose their private health insurance each year in the wake of divorce, largely because they no longer qualify as dependents under their partners’ policies or because …

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Divorce During Adoption

November is National Adoption Month, and we wanted to kick off our posts this month dealing with the topic of adoption while going through the divorce process. Jill Duffy outlines in an article in Dads Divorce the obstacle that divorce can be when trying to adopt a child.

October 2012 Newsletter: Getting Back On Track After Divorce

There’s no doubt about it — divorce can be a rough process. But when it’s all said and done, it’s time to jumpstart this new chapter of your life. Check out the following articles that offer tips and guidance from experts and people who have been through challenging divorces. Now is the time to focus …

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How Domestic Violence Impacts Child Custody

Most people think of physical violence when they hear domestic violence or spousal abuse. Realize there are many other types of abuse, and a divorce case can take them all into consideration. There are eight types of domestic violence/abuse: physical, intimidation, child abuse, verbal and emotional, social isolation, religious, male/female privilege (diminishing the victim’s authority …

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How the Economy Affects the Court Systems

The economy is quick to burn a hole in California’s judicial system. With a $652 million cut, there will be 56 court rooms closing – 24 criminal courts, 24 civil courts, four juvenile delinquency courts, three family courts, one probate court, and all 13 informal traffic courts for youth. But it’s not just the courts …

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Spousal Abuse Against Women

Domestic violence has many forms, including physical violence, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, intimidation and economic deprivation. The FBI reported that domestic violence claims the lives of more than four women each day. As attorneys, we are grateful to have the opportunity to help women leave these horrific situations. Due to shame and fear, many women fail …

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Men Dealing with Domestic Violence

Many people don’t take men seriously when they say they’re victims of domestic violence, reports Joseph Cordell in a recent HuffPost divorce article. Violence against men is a significant problem and, as Orange County attorneys that witness the aftermath of spousal abuse, we know how serious it is. 

Why Women Divorce Men

Reasons For Divorce: Popular love and divorce blog Love Counsellor recently reported on why women divorce men. In this century, there are fewer women willing to stick to a lousy marriage because of an underlying sense of insecurity and fear of loneliness. Women are much more likely now to initiate a divorce. Love Counsellor reports that …

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California Loophole Closed – Spousal Abuse and Support

California Governor Jerry Brown recently signed Assembly Bill 1522 to close a loophole in state law that required a victim of spousal abuse to pay support to her attacker after divorce, according to UT San Diego. The bill was inspired by Crystal Harris, a San Diego-area woman who was forced to pay her ex-husband spousal support during the pendency …

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California Bill Vetoed: Only Two Legal Parents Allowed

California Family Law: The Washington Times reported this week that California Governor Jerry Brown vetoed legislation today that would have allowed children to have more than two legal parents. If a judge determined it to be in the “best interest of the child”, he/she would have been able to recognize more than two parents.

Ten Signs Your Marriage Is In Trouble

Divorce Advice: Is Your Marriage in Trouble? Whether you’re on your first marriage or your third, the following signs outlined in a recent HuffPost Divorce article should be red flags. Divorce may be just around the corner if you don’t attempt to fix the issues in your relationship. More than 75% of marriages in California end in …

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September 2012 Newsletter: After Divorce

After you have completed the California divorce process and your divorce is final, you will most likely still face issues and have concerns about your life after divorce. These articles look at ways you can handle the many issues that will arise once you are divorced. With knowledge of the proper way to handle these …

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Wedding Doubts for Women Often Predict Divorce

You know how they say not to worry about wedding doubts because everyone has them? That may not be the best advice. A new study from the University of California, Los Angeles concludes that such “pre-wedding uncertainty,” more for women than men, predicts unhappy marriages and even divorce, reports LA Weekly.

Things No One Tells You About Divorce

Three out of four marriages in California end in divorce. Even thought that’s a frightening statistic, most couples never think their relationship will end, and they don’t think about divorce.  iVillage recently reported divorce advice and ideas most people don’t know about a divorce that might make the process easier.

How Divorce Affects Grandparents

A recent article in Reuters points to a few trends relating to divorcing couples and how the split affects their parents. According to the article, the AARP reported that a quarter of grandparents spend more than $1,000 a year on their grandchildren, and 37 percent help cover daily living expenses. However, grandparents’ rights to spend …

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Seven Financial Steps for Women Post-Divorce

Divorce Advice: Jeff Landers recently wrote an article in Forbes outlining seven steps for women to achieve financial stability post-divorce. If you’re a woman who has recently gone through a divorce, your life has probably drastically been changing. You may have experienced an emotional roller coaster, and now you’re in full control of your finances. …

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Los Angeles Divorce Vs. Florida Divorce: Chad Johnson, Evelyn Lozada

American wide receiver Chad Johnson is trying everything to stay married to his estranged wife Evelyn Lozada, according to TMZ. He apparently is refusing to sign any divorce documents. Lozada recently filed for divorce just three days after Johnson allegedly head-butted her during an argument. Johnson was arrested and dropped from the Dolphins, and the …

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Los Angeles County Superior Court Docs Reveal PayPal Founder Divorce Settlement

Los Angeles Divorce: Documents filed in the Los Angeles County Superior Court reveal that British actress Talulah Riley agreed to a settlement with PayPal founder Elon Musk, in which she receives $4.2 million from their divorce, TMZ recently reported. Musk is divorcing his second wife after less than two years of marriage.

A Key to Life After Divorce

Topic – Divorce Advice: Janis Spindel, CEO of Janis Spindel Serious Matchmaking, Inc, outlines one way to move on successfully after divorce in a recent HuffPost Divorce article. While it may seem underrated, making new friends after a split is essential to remaining happy. Most of your friends are probably married, and it can be …

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Long-Term Effects of Divorce on Children

Many couples’ number one concern with divorce is the potential serious long-term effects on children when parents split. An article in “Love Counsellor”, a relationship advice website, reports that fatherless homes account for 90% of homeless and runaway children, 85% of children with behavior problems, 85% of youths in prison, 71% of high school dropouts, …

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Divorce And Your Career

Will a painful divorce help or hurt your career? That’s the question Marcia Heroux Pounds answers in a recent Sun Sentinel article. Pounds notes that lawyers and mediators believe divorce can do wonders for your career or kill your career. The stress of a divorce is an obvious hurdle. Your employer could be subpoenaed for …

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Can a Divorce Ritual Help You Move On?

People have been known to handle a divorce in some strange ways. Check out these post-split rituals from around the world revealed by The Huffington Post. Could any of these help you recover from a divorce? In a Japanese temple, visitors can write breakup wishes on a piece of paper and flush them down the temple’s …

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Bouncing Back from a Divorce

Abandonment, excessive fighting, religious conflicts, irreconcilable differences and infidelity are all reasons couples divorce, and the list goes on. Whatever the reason, your life after divorce may become very challenging. You might feel lost, depressed, or insecure and it might be tough to be around friends in happy marriages.

Summer Vacation: Great Family Bonding or Child Custody Nightmare?

It’s officially August and many families have been planning their vacation since the start of summer. A fun family trip in the heat of August can be a memorable bonding experience for many families, or it can be a child custody drama-filled horror. Summer trips can lead to fights with your ex about where and …

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Splitting the Marriage and the Business

When your spouse is also your business partner, a divorce will most likely complicate a few things in life. Celebrity designer Vera Wang and husband Arthur Becker are calling it quits, Women’s Wear Daily recently reported. It’s unclear whether either party has filed divorce papers. Wang and Becker were married in 1989 and have two …

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Divorce Advice for Co-Parents: How To Get Your Fair Share This Summer

You are divorced, you’ve “lost” your spouse (and babysitter!) and you’re dealing with kids at home during the summer (or at least living in your home for part of the time). Yes, it is a summer of no love and you aren’t loving it. How can you make sure you are getting your fair share …

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Divorce Advice for Women: Can You Talk Your Husband into Mediation?

You’ve heard the nightmarish divorce stories from your women friends. You already feel hurt and alone and you aren’t interested in any more arguing. And, you aren’t certain if your husband would be willing to consider a stress-free divorce via mediation. Here’s advice from a family law expert on how to avoid a divorce battle, …

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The Divorce Economy: What Wealthy Couples Need to Know about High Asset Divorce

With the steady recovery of the stock market, investment accounts roaring back to life and deferred compensation coming back, high-income individuals are again dividing assets instead of debts when it comes to divorce. Yes, in what is known as a “divorce economy,” homes, businesses, investments, vehicles and even cash must somehow all be divided. But …

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What Do you Do If Your Husband Cheats? A Smart Woman’s Guide to Divorce

Most women don’t want to face the facts when they discover their husband is cheating. What do you do first? And how do you not make a big mistake when you are in the middle of an emotionally-traumatic time? These divorce tips could pave the way to a smart divorce for those women who unfortunately …

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How Men Can Avoid Major Mistakes During and After Divorce

For many men, life after divorce is daunting and sometimes downright scary.  The despair, loneliness and pain are often just too much to bear after a dreadful break up. So, what to do now that you’re feeling lost, lonely and perhaps forgotten?  Do you consider yourself damaged goods and wonder who will want you or …

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Making Co-Parenting Work: What You Need to Know

For parents, thinking about divorce can bring stress and guilt because the emotional ramifications that can come from legal separation with children. How will the kids react? Will you damage them? And what will your life look like after divorce? Actually, making the decision to co-parent with your soon-to-be ex spouse could be one of …

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Digital Age Divorce Advice: Is It Legal to Find a Cheater or Hidden Assets?

In this very digital age, divorce has become much more transparent. Couples even a few years ago could live their lives quite anonymously (can you say affair?) while stashing money on the side for any troubling possibility. Not so much anymore. With all records going digital and with cameras on every smart phone, our lives …

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How Social Media, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Geotagging Can Undermine Your Divorce

The digital lifestyle can have negative consequences and one of which is this: You can sabotage your own divorce case if you aren’t careful about posting on social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter and even the up-and-coming iPhone app, Instagram. In fact, the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) recently released a study that …

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Navigating the Divorce Process: First Steps to a Smart Divorce

When considering divorce or separation, do you immediately feel like you’re stuck in a leaky financial boat that’s sinking fast?  This can be a tricky and difficult time, but you can stop your ship from going under with smart financial decisions at the outset of the divorce process that can set you on a new …

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How Do High-Conflict Divorces Affect Kids?

Tensions often dramatically increase when going through an extremely disagreeable divorce. Called high-conflict divorce in the legal community, these hotly contested breakups can cause children much emotional rage, resentment and pain.  However, there are a number of ways to end the family uproar and come to a more peaceful resolution. No doubt, children pay a …

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How Your Divorce Affects Your Friendships

If you’re thinking about getting a divorce, your head is most likely spinning with a million questions, but one question that often pops up is this:  What impact will this have on my friends? Divorce often affects friendships in a way never imagined.  Unfortunately, friends may take sides and this can be quite painful when …

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What to Do When Your Wife Cheats on You

Have you come to the shocking conclusion that your wife is cheating on you? Yep, having a cheating wife can be perhaps the most emotionally traumatic time of your life. So, what do you do after you get over the “she really cheated on me” nuclear bomb goes off inside your mind? If you are …

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Can You Really Be Happily Divorced? Yes!

Divorce Advice Even though statistics show divorcees can be more depressed and even die earlier than married individuals, there are ways to be happily divorced. Is it really possible to create a happy divorce? Yes! One way to stay positive during this stressful time is to avoid going to divorce court at all. This is …

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Early Death Risks of Divorce and How You Can Avoid The Grim Reaper

Can divorce kill you? Unfortunately, a recent study shows the risk of dying increases by 23 percent if you have suffered through a divorce in your lifetime. In fact, the report by the University of Arizona was more like a “review” of 32 published studies that compared early death in divorced and married adults. The …

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How Family Law Attorneys Use Social Media Evidence in Court Cases [infographic]

The infographic, “How Family Law Attorneys Use Social Media Evidence in Court Cases,”  illustrates how lawyers are turning to social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Flickr to help them identify “smoking gun” evidence for their cases. Embed this infographic on your site: <a href=”https://www.cadivorce.com/news/social-media-evidence/” title=”Social Media Divorce Evidence”><img src=”https://www.cadivorce.com/news/wp-content/uploads/social-media-infographic.png” alt=”Social Media Divorce Evidence” width=”600″ …

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Wedding Ring Blues? How to Transform Your Ring Into a Real Jewel

Divorce Property in California There’s so many heart-breaking decisions to be made when it comes down to really getting a divorce and the ring is one such problem. What do you do with what was once the jewel of your eye? And does it belong to you or to both of you? While the ring …

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Divorce Advice: Who Keeps the House?

Perhaps the greatest challenge in a divorce is deciding who gets to keep the house. In fact, the battle over the house can be the most emotionally draining experience of your life. So how do you make your housing transition go more smoothly? Firstly, don’t take any action until you’ve hired a qualified family law …

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Should You Have a Divorce Ceremony or Divorce Party?

Divorce is normally a sad occasion, but more and more ex wives and ex husbands are considering a divorce ceremony. Sometimes called a divorce party, these rituals can be life changing for those who want to move forward emotionally after a difficult split. Of course, it is most important to hire a qualified family law …

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Who Gets the Pets in a Divorce?

Increasingly, pets have become a bone of contention in divorce cases. Yes, cats, dogs and even exotic animal companions are more and more being treated like child custody cases when it comes to divorce. So what’s the best way to resolve pet custody issues? A qualified family law lawyer can help negotiate “pet custody” when …

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Tips on Explaining Your Divorce to Your Children

Perhaps the most difficult part of any divorce is telling your children. In fact, breaking this news to your children may be the most important and nerve-wracking conversation of your life. So, how do you prepare for it? Remember, your children will ask you lots of questions just minutes after the initial shock of hearing …

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How Can Women Increase Income after a Divorce?

Are women doing better at getting their share of the financial divorce pie in the 21st century? Yes, so says a recent Pew Charitable Trust story. Part of Pew’s Economic Mobility Project (EMP), the study is encouraging for women when it comes to income levels after a divorce. The EMP report shows income increased by …

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Divorce Stress Syndrome and Your Health

A growing body of research shows both men and women deal with “divorce stress syndrome” during and after a split. Yes, emotional stress from a divorce can cause both short- and long-term health problems. One way to alleviate these challenges is to hire a well-rounded support team, which can include a qualified divorce lawyer, a …

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Financial Divorce Tips for Women

Women undergoing a divorce are under tremendous stress dealing with emotional, legal and financial demands not to mention the challenges of a career and children. With all these pressures, many women make bad financial decisions such as not obtaining an excellent lawyer or too quickly accepting the first settlement proposal. Remember, whatever financial consideration decisions …

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Texts, Spyware, Social Media and Divorce

Electronic communications such as texts, email and even posts on social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter are fast becoming the most important pieces of evidence in divorce cases. Unfortunately, the law has not yet caught up with this trend – especially when it comes to snooping – so how can you protect yourself …

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Tax Tips for Divorcing Couples

Divorce and Taxes Confused about income tax filing and your divorce? Tax season can be quite daunting for couples in the midst of a divorce or for anyone who is considering divorce. Although it is best to discuss these matters with a divorce lawyer and perhaps even a tax accountant, here are some tips to …

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Diagnosis: A Broken Heart

According to Deborah Serani, Psy.D. in her blog “Two Takes on Depression,” there is such a thing as Broken Heart Syndrome: It’s Real and It’s Rough. Dr. Serani shares, for many who’ve lost a loved one, suffered a break up or are on the brink of separation or divorce, learning about Broken Heart Syndrome can …

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Money Wake-Up Call

Divorce and Finances Keeping your eyes on money matters during a marital breakup is important, yet often the last thing couples want to face. Divorce can play havoc with both of your finances. They say that breaking up is hard to do — but figuring out the dollars and sense of your situation during and …

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You Are Not Alone

What is the Length of the Average Marriage Prior to Divorce? If you’ve found yourself going through a divorce, you are not alone. There’s something comforting in knowing you aren’t the only one going through challenging times. For example did you know one of every three Americans are having credit problems? In both cases misery …

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Two Ways to Keep Your Sanity

Divorce Tips and Advice Whether you are initiating the divorce, or you’re the other party in the dissolution, divorce is one of life’s most stressful circumstances.  When children are involved, the anxiety and trauma is exponentially raised higher–resulting in both emotional and health-related issues.  Between the “If only I had done such-and-such” or “I just …

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Valentine’s Day Puts Jinx on Marriages

Godiva, Tiffany and Telaflora are poised to fill their coffers come Valentine’s Day. Statistics report $14.4 billion is spent on chocolate, $2.2 billion on jewelry and $403 million on flowers. Valentine’s Day is the No. 1 holiday for florists.  Along with these statistics comes alarming data compiled by Avvo.com, a website providing information for the …

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Don’t Go Breaking My Heart

Every 16-year old remembers a song about love and love lost. For 52-year old baby boomers heading for divorce, they were sweet 16 when Elton John and Kiki Dee did a duet called “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart.” Written by Elton John with Bernie Taupin under the pseudonyms “Ann Orson” and “Carte Blanche” (a pun …

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Co-parenting with Maria and Arnold Schwarzenegger

Bohm Wildish: California Divorce Law Maria Shriver and Arnold Schwarzenegger spent Arnold’s 64th birthday and this past Christmas together with their four children, Katherine, Christina, Patrick and Christopher.  The celebrity Extra website reports, “Children and family come first,” a source close to the estranged couple told People earlier this year, with an additional insider adding, …

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What’s Good About Divorce?

Bohm Wildish: Life After Divorce When you’re in the process of divorce, nothing seems to be good. By aligning yourself with experienced attorneys, you put yourself in the position to ride it out from a place of trust in their legal counsel navigational skills.  Yet, from this place of the perfect storm — your wife …

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What Can You Do if Your Spouse Doesn’t Pay Child Support?

Often, divorce can trigger or exacerbate financial difficulties, particularly for the parent who has primary custody and responsibility for the children involved in the relationship. While parents may be separated, each is still responsible for the financial upbringing and wellbeing of the child; this is true whether or not the other parent sees the child …

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Divorce Mediation: A Lower Cost Alternative that May Work for You

Bohm Wildish Los Angeles Family Law Divorce can take an incredible emotional toll on a couple, but the financial costs can be just as burdensome. As of 2005, the average divorce litigated in court cost $15,000 and took 18 months to resolve. Divorce is one of the most stressful events one can experience in life, …

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Custody Laws Vary from State to State: Seek Help from an Attorney

Bohm Wildish: California Family Law Parenting is not easy, and this is no more true than when parents are going through a divorce or ending a relationship. The court must balance the rights of the parents with the best interest of the child, and it can be difficult to agree on what, exactly, is best …

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Is Joint Custody Better for Children?

Bohm Wildish: California Divorce and Family Law Is a child better off when both parents have custody? Determining child custody is one of the most difficult aspects of many divorces; while it may not be in the best interest of the child to live with both parents in a single household, the bulk of research …

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A Divorce Attorney Can Help You Get Full Parental Rights

California Divorce Divorce is rarely easy or simple, but children in the relationship complicate the legal and emotional processes exponentially. Having a child automatically obligates both parties to assume responsibility for his/her wellbeing, and it also entitles each to parental rights under the law. Rights and responsibilities are inextricably intertwined, but they can be made …

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Can an Uncontested Divorce Still Affect Child Support?

Child Support in California: An uncontested divorce moves through the court system much more quickly and less expensively than contested divorces; in California, a couple can decide on matters including arrangements for the division of shared property and real estates, custody, and child support independent of the court. This is much, much easier said than …

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How Child Support Enforcement Works

Bohm Wildish – Los Angeles, California Family Law Attorney Parents are legally obligated to provide for their children financially, even, and especially, after a relationship with the other parent ends. According to the US Census Bureau, less than half of all custodial mothers and custodial fathers receive all of the support they are owed; about …

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What are Fathers’ Rights?

Fathers Rights in California Many would argue that there is a gender bias in family court. What is interesting is that some vehemently argue that the court favors women, while others claim that the court has a bias towards men. Each side sees bias; in fact, the court used to routinely award custody to the …

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Know Your Rights with a Restraining Order

What are restraining orders? Most people are aware that they can be issued to victims of domestic abuse, and that they can also be issued to people facing civil harassment. What you may not know is how to file restraining order, what the burden of proof, what rights are yours when the court grants you …

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Adoption Law Varies from State to State

Bohm Wildish: Family Law, Adoption According to census information, about 120,000 children are adopted in the United States each year. It is estimated that between six and ten million citizens are adopted; half are typically “stranger adoptions,” in which the child is adopted by people who are not related. The other half is adopted by …

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Custody Lawyers: Protect Your Rights – and Your Children’s

California Child Custody Law The decision to get a divorce is difficult, but the process immediately afterward is even more emotionally taxing, complex, and confusing. One of the most common reasons why a divorce is contested is because of children and determining custody. Who will care for your child? Who will pay support, and how …

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Do Divorce and Alimony Settlements Require a Family Lawyer?

Alimony Calculator: Do-it-yourself divorce and alimony is rarely, if ever, a good idea. Take this creative approach tried by a man in Mississippi: he put an ad in Craigslist offering “10K to the man or woman who marries” his ex-wife so he would be free from alimony payments. He did add the caveat: “This offer …

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Is a Divorce Attorney Necessary?

California Divorce: Do you really need a lawyer when you get divorced in California? Technically, no, you do not. But as they say, a man who represents himself has a fool for a client. This is typically stated in the context of a criminal trial, but it is usually on target for divorce as well. …

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Find an Attorney Who Knows Divorce Law

Bohm Wildish: California Family Law If you are going through a California divorce, you have undoubtedly heard endless horror stories of unfair settlements, ferocious court battles, and angry, bitter couples ruining the day they met. Most divorces are able to be settled, if not amicably, then civilly, whether with the help of mediators or the …

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Family Law in California

Bohm Wildish: Los Angeles Family Law Attorney What is family law? How many hours do you have? Family law is incredibly complex and encompasses issues ranging from custodial rights to grandparents’ rights to division of property to adoption to conservatorships. This branch of the law, like most others, is changing constantly; California, for instance, recently …

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Spousal Support Calculator

Divorce is bound to pull on your emotions and create difficulties that you may not quite be sure how to handle. One thing’s for sure, though; you don’t have to pay more spousal support than you legally need to. Unfortunately, many people fall victim to paying too much support for too long a period because …

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While Money Doesn’t Cause Divorce, It Must Be Protected

For decades, it’s been thought that financial stress is among the main causes of divorce. Sure spouses fight over money. One spends too much while the other doesn’t earn enough. But is financial difficulty a major culprit in the filing of divorce? Recent university research says, no. Jan Anderson, an associate professor at California State …

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How does Family Law in CA cover the children’s interests?

Divorce is difficult enough when it concerns consenting adults. When children are involved, who have no say in the matter and may not know why their parents are divorcing, it is even more difficult. In such cases, the divorcing spouses must proceed with care to not cause additional harm to their children. It is not …

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What are current California Family Law specs?

To be granted divorce in California you must fulfill certain “residency requirements.” You or your spouse must have resided in the state for a minimum of the previous six months. What’s more, you or your spouse is required to have lived in the country in which you are filing, for at least the previous three …

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What is Family Law?

Legal issues pertaining to the family can be highly emotional and bitterly contentious. It is important to know your rights, the rights of any children you may have, and how the process will unfold. The law firm of Bohm Wildish specializes in all aspects of California family law, including the following: • Prenuptial Agreements • …

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The Gavron Warning

One of the most common questions we get asked is whether spousal support must be paid forever. Many people had been married for decades and after divorce were made to pay significant monthly alimony or spousal support payments. We often hear stories of how previous legal counsel told them they would have to pay for …

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Spousal Support: The Big Picture

Divorce is life changing. There’s loss of family, heartache and separation of equity and marital assets. What you’ve been building and creating over your adult life in a moment can get torn to shreds. And when it comes to trying to reassemble your life, you may be faced with paying years—perhaps decades—of spousal support. How …

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What is an Order to Show Cause Hearing?

When starting the divorce process in California, you may hear the phrase Order to Show Cause used quite frequently. An Order to Show Cause is a hearing that typically takes place in between filing for a divorce and the final divorce decree. Typically, the Order to Show Cause hearing is set to handle issues that …

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Signs that Your Marriage May Be Heading to Divorce

A simple search for “signs of divorce” will bring up a multitude of expert articles all proclaiming the top signs that divorce may be looming in your future. However, it’s important to note that whether you fall under one category or all five, or 10, or 15, that doesn’t mean that you will get a …

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Common Law Marriage is Not Validated in California

Believe it or not, two of the most common questions concerning marriage that we come across in the state of California are: “Aren’t my significant other and I considered married if we have been living together for X amount of time?” Or “I’ve been living and sharing the bills with the same person for X …

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In re Marriage of Howell – A Recent Spousal Support Ruling

Recently, the California Court of Appeal, Fourth District, ruled that a 2002 provision of the California Family Code, which provides that premarital waivers of spousal support without independent counsel are unenforceable, could not be applied retroactively to agreements signed before the effective date of the statute.  The court’s ruling was based on the fact that …

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Estimate Your Spousal Support

Besides the heavy emotional strain and stress that can be caused by a California divorce, one of the largest and most impactful issues that divorce may have on both parties-is alimony. Alimony, a term that is interchangeable with spousal support, is an agreed upon sum of money that the more fully financially established spouse pays …

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Father’s Right in California

It is a common misconception that courts will favor the mother as the custodial parent or even provide her with a larger time share with the child in cases involving child custody. It is important to be aware of the fact that the courts do not blindly award more custody to the mother in the …

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Spousal Support In California

Spousal support, a phrase that is interchangeable with the term ‘alimony,’ is a monthly payment made from one spouse to the other after divorce. The purpose of spousal support/alimony is to ensure that the supported spouse may maintain the standard of living that they may have grown accustomed to during marriage. While tabloids and television …

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How Long Does Divorce Take in California

If you’re planning on filing for a divorce in the state of California, after you have made sure that you have fulfilled the residency requirements of one party living in the state for at least six months and the county you’re filing in for at least three months, you’re probably wondering how long the case …

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No Fault Divorce in California

If you are considering getting a divorce in the state of California, the phrase “No Fault Divorce” has probably come up in conversation or you may have come across it while you were doing some research. It is a fairly simple term to understand, but there is some basic information that you should be aware …

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How to Proceed with Mediation in California

If you are looking for a straightforward way to handle your divorce in the state of California, mediation is becoming an increasingly popular way to do so. More and more couples are choosing to go with mediation due to the fact that it promotes cooperation and good communication between all of the parties involved. It …

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Understanding California Spousal Support Guidelines

If you are about to go through a divorce and are concerned about spousal support, also known as alimony-either paying or receiving-there are a few things that you should know. If you are looking for a full rundown of all the particulars and intricacies that go into deciding spousal support in California, our divorce guide …

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Fathers and Children: Determining Custody Arrangements

Family law courts used to favor mothers undeniably when it came to decided child custody placement upon divorce. Since the 1970s however, courts changed their ruling basis to be in the best interest of the children. Even with that standard set in place, the mother will generally gain primary custody of the children in about …

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Understanding Alimony in California

One of the biggest areas of concern when going through a divorce is how much, and how long alimony will be awarded for. Alimony, also known as a spousal support award, is not a light decision. There are several factors that go into determining what the alimony payment will ultimately be when filing for divorce …

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Understanding Contempt in California

If you are pursuing a divorce in California, it is important to understand all aspects and possibilities that may arise during your proceedings. Under California Law, a party subject to a valid court order-with knowledge and the ability to comply with the order-who fails to comply with the terms of the order, is subject to …

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What Is The Difference Between Divorce And Legal Separation in California?

Divorce Is Final Divorce is final and a way for a couple to put closure on a relationship that has weathered too many storms to continue. After mediation, arbitration, or litigation, couples will no longer be married. Their property will be separated, support will be decided, and if there are children, custody orders will start …

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Planning Finances After Divorce Doesn’t Have to be Painful

There’s no doubt that a California divorce is emotionally painful for both parties involved. But the financial and lifestyle pains can be equally as tough when the divorce is made official. Whether you are receiving or paying child support or alimony, you’re going to have to make some changes to your spending and money management …

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Getting Over A California Divorce

While the California divorce process is emotional, painful and often long, those feelings and realities don’t immediately dissolve once the divorce is finalized. It is completely natural to harbor angry, resentful feelings after a tough divorce, but thankfully there are ways to cope and move on with your new life.

Divorce and Taxes

Divorce is never easy for you and your children, and doing your taxes with both in mind for the first time just adds to the stress. There are a few factors that set the course for your first tax filing after the California divorce process is completed. Your eligibility for declaring as a head of …

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Find the Best Legal Representation for Your Divorce

You are about to enter into uncharted territory. You will soon be going through the divorce process and are unaware of not only the enormous economic strain that a divorce can have on you, but also the large amount of time that the process can consume. This is a very serious matter; without the proper …

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Are You Being Threatened by a Vindictive Spouse?

Going through a divorce is difficult. Oftentimes, no matter what the circumstances are, one or both spouses will feel that they are entitled to more assets, more of the community money, or even feel that they have the rights to full custody of the children. Obviously, with tension and emotions running at extremely high levels …

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Is Your Marriage Over?

Are you feeling like divorce is your only option? Are deep seeded anger, a history of hurt feelings, and an even longer history of unresolved arguments overwhelming you with the thought that it may finally be time to throw in the towel on your marriage? Have counseling and multiple attempts at restructuring your relationship and …

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What to Expect from a Child Custody Evaluation

With your children’s best interests in mind, you and your spouse—on the verge of divorce—simply cannot agree on decisions that determine child custody. If this sounds familiar, it is quite possible that a friend has mentioned, your attorney has suggested, or the judge in your case has ordered that you and your family undergo what …

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How to Inform your Loved Ones About your Divorce

Deciding to get divorced is one of the hardest decisions that you will ever have to make. Talking it over with your spouse and coming to the conclusion that you will both go your separate ways and start new lives apart from one another is not easy. After everything between the two of you has …

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What to Expect From Your First Meeting with a California Divorce Attorney

You have finally made the choice to end your marriage and are seeking professional guidance. Now that the most difficult decision is behind you, you are bound to be wondering what to expect upon meeting with a California Divorce Attorney for the first time. Since your situation and the inevitable changes to your future lifestyle …

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Can Your California Marriage Be Annulled?

If you have decided that an end to your marriage is inevitable, you may be wondering if you will be able to file for an annulment as opposed to having to go through a potentially lengthy and costly divorce. While these two words may lead to the same conclusion- an end to your marriage- you …

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Are Prenuptial Agreements in California Only for the Wealthy?

You have probably heard the words “prenuptial agreement,” “premarital agreement,” or the more popular shortened form of the legal term, “prenup.” These words, often carrying a negative connotation, are mentioned often in regards to Hollywood marriages and nuptials between very wealthy couples. But it is a common misconception that prenuptial agreements only benefit the rich …

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California Divorce Attorney Advice: Coping with your Divorce

You have just gone through a divorce or are in the process of it, and you are feeling low. After spending years with your former spouse, you may now feel alone or be concerned with what your future holds. At this time it is okay to feel grief, uncertainty and maybe even betrayal. These thoughts …

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California Divorce Attorney Advice: Understanding the Divorce Process

Divorce is upon you and you are unaware the intricacies of the divorce process. You may be unaware of the differences between an uncontested versus a contested divorce and you may quite possibly be unacquainted with the roles that you and your spouse, or attorneys and judges will play as your divorce progresses. Our helpful …

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You’ve Just been Served with a Divorce Petition – Now what?

If you have been served with a petition for dissolution of marriage, you are probably wondering what your options are. In most cases, it is in your best interest to contact an experienced California divorce attorney that will be able to answer all of your questions and concerns, as well as give you advice for …

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How to Ensure You’ll be in the Best Position Before your California Divorce

Divorce is likely to be one of the hardest decisions that you have ever contemplated or have ever encountered. With that in mind, you may be wondering if there is anything that you could possibly do to gain the upper hand in this situation or if there is any way that you could put your …

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How to Avoid a Custody Battle During Divorce in California

If you are going through a divorce and children are involved, you and your spouse, as well as the courts, are greatly concerned with making sure that the best decisions for your children are made. This means that when it comes to custody issues you will want to do your very best to avoid long …

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Should You Pursue a Relationship While Going Through a Divorce?

You are in the midst of a divorce and you are questioning whether or not it is a good idea to reenter the dating world as things proceed. While doing so may offer you some support through this difficult time, all signs point to the fact that starting a new relationship while in the midst …

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Important Issues to Consider When Contemplating Divorce in California

Divorce is a very serious matter that requires critical thinking and a vast amount of planning. If you’ve been thinking about divorce or have been made aware of transgressions that lead you to believe that divorce is the only option, there are some very important steps to take before you take action and submit a …

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California Divorce Attorney Advice: The Benefits of an Out of Court Settlement

You have reached the conclusion that divorce is inevitable and you now want to make decisions that will be the best for your family and your situation. These decisions revolve around many factors including what is the best possible way to settle your divorce. So, you’re going to need to decide if it’s in your …

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Ten Signs Divorce is in Your Future

For months your relationship with your spouse has been off; you have that gut feeling that things are heading sour, but still you try to pretend everything is perfect. Letting go of something that may already be over is a difficult and painful lesson to learn. But there are a few common signs that will …

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Neve Campbell Secretly Files for Divorce

Neve Campbell filed for divorce from British actor John Light after three years of marriage. The papers were filed five months ago, but will be heading to court again in a few weeks. According to TMZ, Campbell cited irreconcilable differences on the papers.

California Divorce Attorney Advice for Preparing Children for Divorce

Divorce can be a very difficult and confusing time for adults due concerns about all of the life changes that are forthcoming. You are gripped with possibly finding a new place to live, maintaining your finances on your own for the first time since the start of your marriage, the inevitable task of developing a …

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Is Litigation or Mediation a Better Option for You?

If your marriage has recently dissolved and you are heading towards a divorce, you already know that you want to take every step necessary to resolve the surrounding issues as quickly as possible. But there is one big question that needs to be answered before you proceed. You’re going to need to ask yourself how …

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George Lopez Soon to be a Single Man

After 17 years of marriage and a kidney transplant, Ann Lopez has filed for divorce from actor/comedian husband George Lopez. Ann filed the papers on Nov. 23; the couple officially separated in September, but did not file any papers until now.

What Factors Decide Child Support in California?

Guaranteeing that your child or children are properly taken care of during and after a divorce is of your utmost concern. Because of this, it is extremely important that matters of child support are handled correctly in order to guarantee that your children are affected as little as possible. You are also going to want …

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Determining the Duration of Spousal Support for California Divorces

When a marriage ends, it is vital that you have the ability to hold on to the things that are the most important to you. If you have children you are going to want to ensure that matters dealing with child support are properly taken care of first. You will then want to guarantee that …

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California Divorce Attorney Advice: Basic Divorce Information You Need to Know

Divorce can be a difficult time for all of the parties involved. While hiring the proper California Divorce Attorney is integral to getting you the best possible outcome, there is some basic information that you need to know before you hire a divorce attorney. Being properly informed before you file for divorce will put you …

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Eva Longoria Officially Divorces Tony Parker

After a few days of unsure back and forth as to whether or not they were breaking up, actress Eva Longoria Parker officially announed her divorce from basketball husband Tony Parker.

First the Proposal, Now the Prenup

Romance is in the air as Prince William officially announces his engagement to Kate Middleton. The couple have been on and off again for eight years, and the Prince of Wales proposed in October with his mother’s, the late Princess Diana, engagement ring. Amidst the anticipation for the royal nuptials are the hesitations that the …

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Mel Gibson To Pay $60,000, Battle Not Over Yet

Mel Gibson and Oksana Grigorieva met in court on Nov. 10 to discuss child custody arrangements over 1 year-old Lucia. Gibson gained one extra day in visitation when Lucia turned one on Oct. 30. Gibson now has three days plus one overnight visit with his daughter per week. Grigorieva wanted to reduce the amount of …

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California Divorce Types

Understanding the types of divorce possible will help prepare you for the process that you are about to undergo.  There are a few types of divorce processes that exist that will result in either a quick or complicated divorce settling. Hopefully, after figuring out whichever type fits your situation, your divorce will not be drawn …

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Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt Admit to Divorce Sham

Heidi Montag appeared sad in front of cameras when she filed for divorce from her The Hills costar and husband Spencer Pratt on July 30. Montag and Pratt eloped in Mexico in August 2008 before officially getting married in the United States in April 2009. Montag cited irreconcilable differences on the divorce papers when she …

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Pre-Divorce Planning for Anyone on the Edge

If you’re considering leaving your spouse, you should have a prepared exit plan in mind, especially if you are a woman. The truth of the matter is that women still earn less than men comparably; the average mean salary for men in Orange County is $ 45,059 while women earn on average $34,026. Because of …

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Charlie Sheen Files for Third Divorce

Actor Charlie Sheen has officially filed for his third divorce on Nov. 1, months after separating from wife Brooke Mueller Sheen, as reported by People Magazine. Sheen cited irreconcilable differences in the divorce papers, and stated the couple has been separated since the date of their publicized argument. Sheen pled guilty in August to a …

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Billy Ray Cyrus Files for Divorce

Country singer Billy Ray Cyrus will feel the pain of an “achy breaky heart” as he prepares to divorce his wife Trish. Billy Ray filed for divorce Oct. 26, after 17 years of marriage according to US Weekly. The couple has five children together: Miley, 17, Braison, 16, Noah 10 as well as Trish’s two …

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Legal Separation in California

Divorce is an irreversible filing that is usually the end of the line for couples. However, for those seriously questioning whether a divorce is the right course of action, there is another alternative. Legal separation is a course of action that allows couples to trial how things will be separated and handled as if it …

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Another Real Housewife files for divorce in Orange County

Vicki Gunvalson of Real Housewives of Orange County, Bravo’s first housewife hit, has filed for a divorce from her husband Donn, according to the Oct. 19 online issue of People Magazine. Ms. Gunvalson, a successful insurance agent in Orange County, California, tells People, “It’s just time.” In 2009, they renewed their vows on the show. …

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Murder your spouse, go directly to Jail, do not pass go, do not collect $200.00.

California law currently provides that if someone is convicted of attempting to murder his or her spouse, the intended victim is entitled to 100% of the community property interest in his or her retirement and pension benefits.  (Fam C §782.5) However a recent law amends known as AB 2574 amends this statute to extend its …

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Ben Harper files for Divorce from Laura Dern

Ben Harper and Laura Dern, who had been together about 10 years, have recently parted ways. Singer-songwriter Harper filed for divorce from his actress wife on October 8, citing “irreconcilable differences,” according to the celebrity news source TMZ.

Children and Divorce

The combination of children and divorce is an issue that’s vitally important, but one that sometimes gets overlooked. When we’re going through a divorce, of course we think of the children involved because of child custody and visitation issues. But it can be hard to focus solely on their needs when we’re going through such …

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Dennis Rodman Allegedly $500K Behind on Child Support

Dennis Rodman’s estranged wife Michelle Rodman has filed documents in an Orange County, California family court, seeking to enforce the court’s child support order against the former basketball star and current professional partier (seriously, he makes a living by appearing at nightclubs – he doesn’t perform, just shows up and parties and gets paid). Michelle …

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Tiger Woods Divorce Becomes Official

Divorced. Single dad. Golf game still to be determined. And so, after nine months of turmoil over his extramarital affairs, now begins the next chapter in the life and times of Tiger Woods. In a hearing that lasted no more than 10 minutes in a Florida judge’s chambers, Woods and his Swedish-born wife officially divorced …

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Joe and Katherine Jackson to Divorce After 60 Years of Marriage

It looks like Michael Jackson’s parents Joe and Katherine are heading for divorce court after 60 years of marriage. The Jackson’s have been estranged for over five years ago, and Joe currently resides in an apartment in Las Vegas, Nevada. Katherine Jackson, 80, has filed for the divorce. Rumors are circulating that Katherine blames Joe …

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Reducing Child Support When Income Goes Down

In re Marriage of Alter: This is a recent case that emphasizes how important it is for you to consider reducing child support when your income goes down. In this case the father had agreed to pay $4,000 per month child support and had agreed that the child support be non-modifiable. Specifically the parties had …

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Study Finds Divorce is Contagious

It’s not exactly the black plague, but the concept is pretty intuitive. The report, “Breaking Up Is Hard to Do, Unless Everyone Else Is Doing It Too,” comes from researchers at Harvard, Brown and the University of California at San Diego. “These social networks, they have influence on everything,” said James Fowler, one of the …

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California Seeks IRS Tax Equity for Same-Sex Spouses

The California Legislature has passed a resolution asking that same-sex spouses and domestic partners be taxed the same as heterosexual married couples. The resolution, AJR29, asks the Internal Revenue Service to issue a ruling requiring individuals in a same-sex marriage or domestic partnership to each report half of their community income on federal tax returns. …

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A Father’s Guide To Child Custody Arrangements

If you’re a father going through a divorce then you know how hard child custody arrangements can be. But don’t worry. This article will give you 10 steps to help you in your child custody arrangements issue. But please remember. Keep your CHILD’S interest in mind first, and not yours. This should go without saying. …

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Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie: Damages Awarded For Divorce Rumors Lawsuit

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie won an undisclosed amount of money from a lawsuit that they filed against News of the World. The publication is said to have said that the couple were separating and had a custody arrangement in place. The publication’s article did significant damage to the couple’s reputation, and as such a …

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High Profile Divorce of Pay-Pal Founder Elon Musk Impact on Tesla Motors Inc.

Unfortunately for investors and directors alike, Tesla Motors Inc.’s highly hyped initial public offering (IPO) is competing for attention with media coverage of the bitter divorce of its co-founder, chief executive officer and major shareholder Elon Musk, who also co-founded the hugely successful company PayPal. The June 29th IPO went off without a hitch, resulting …

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Prop 8 Overturned – What are Your Rights?

On August 4, 2010, the Northern District Court of California ruled that Proposition 8, the 2008 state constitutional amendment banning gay marriage, violates the United States Constitution. In May 2008, the California Supreme Court ruled that an earlier state ban on gay marriage, Proposition 22, violated the California Constitution. In response, conservative religious groups introduced …

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O. C. ‘Happy Index’ is on the rise

There’s a little-known collection of public licensing numbers that insiders at Orange County courts unofficially call our “Happy Index.” And, lately, the numbers have been pushing the Index up. Perhaps it’s the economy, the Lakers’ second championship in a row, or this summer’s hot song, “California Gurls” by Katy Perry. Whatever the reason, Orange County …

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Will Spousal Support be paid in my Divorce Case?

Is Spousal Support Required? Spousal support is not always required. When spousal support is required, it is determined by a number of factors. Ultimately, spousal support is at the court’s discretion as required by the dictates of justice and equity; however, generally spousal support seeks to maintain the standard of living established during the marriage …

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How a Divorce Attorney Will Assist You in Completing Your Case

Divorce is defined as the dissolution of a marriage in the presence of a court. If the California divorce is not certified by the court then it is not considered a legal divorce. Once a couple completes a divorce they are free to marry anyone else of their choosing. Divorce not only affects the man …

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Courts Have the Power to Restrict Parents Speech

AN ORDER RESTRAINING A PARENT FROM “INTERFERING” WITH THE OTHER PARENT’S PARENTING TIME IS NEITHER AMBIGUOUS NOR UNCONSTITUTIONALLY OVERBROAD. In family law cases, courts have the power to restrict speech to promote the welfare of the children. Irmo Hartmann (2010) ___ Cal.App.4th ___(CA 2/6 – Opinion filed June 23, 2010) In a recent divorce and …

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Divorce Clustering – Are You at Risk?

The increased incidence of divorce among those whose friends or family are divorced. According to a new study, reported by Tracy McVeigh in The Observer, divorce is catching: The researchers have called it “divorce clustering” and say that a split up between immediate friends increases your own chances of getting divorced by 75%. The effect …

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California Marriage, Family, and Divorce Facts and Statistics

You’ll find more than just California marriage and divorce rates here. We’ve compiled a thorough list of California marriage, family, and divorce facts and statistics from only trusted sources. Fact: California established its first divorce law in 1851, which stated that the grounds for divorce included impotence, adultery, extreme cruelty, desertion or neglect, habitual intemperance, …

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10 Best Lunch Spots Near Orange County Courthouse

Hoping to grab a bite before your meet with your attorney at the courthouse? Just getting out of court and need a resting spot before you return home and fight that traffic? Don’t want to deal with the crowds at the justice center cafeteria? Try one of these 10 lunch spots near the Lamoreaux Justice …

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Signs You Need to Find a New Divorce Lawyer

Firing your divorce lawyer is not as complicated as you might think. Just look at the divorce of Siohvaughn Wade, the estranged wife of Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade. Siohvaughn has fired nine divorce lawyers in a little more than two years. All joking aside, don’t take firing a divorce lawyer lightly. You should only …

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Hire a hit man to murder your spouse, go directly to jail. . Do not collect $200.00!!

Schwarzenegger Approves Spouse Protection Bill Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed a bill to protect men and women from vengeful spouses. The governor on Friday signed AB2674 by Assemblyman Marty Block, a Democrat from San Diego. It says that spouses who solicit the murder of their husband or wife are not entitled to collect benefits in …

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A Celebrity Divorce Dictionary, Part 2

This is the second post in a series of posts about divorce and celebrity magazines designed to help you understand all that divorce jargon the magazines throw around. Co-Parenting – People magazine reported that the Dog Whisperer, Cesar Milan, and his wife, Illusion, will divorce after sixteen years of marriage. The official announcement stated that …

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Children’s Safety and the Elkins Task Force

We previously introduced you to the Elkins Family Law Task Force, a committee established by the Judicial Counsel of California to improve the efficiency of the California Family Law Courts.  The Task Force set out to review the system as it is and has followed up with a series of recommendations for improvement. Much of …

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Common Law Marriage Myths

A couple becomes married by common law when there is no official ceremony, but the two people consider themselves married and meet certain criteria. However, not all states recognize common law marriage, and California is one of them, which brings us to common law marriage myth number one. Myth – All states recognizes common law …

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When It’s Time To Announce Your Divorce

The conversation you have with friends and family members announcing your divorce ranks among the most difficult conversations you will have in your lifetime.  However, there comes a point when it has to be done, no matter how difficult. When you do announce your divorce, keep the following advice in mind. If you have children, …

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20 Recommended Books on Divorce

We recommend our clients and friends who deal with divorce focus on getting all the help they need, be it from an attorney, counselor, friends, and, of course, books. We have read or heard good things about each of the following books (Best books on divorce are not listed in any particular order). Grieving and …

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Getting Divorced? Careful What You Put on Facebook

Now that you and your spouse have decided to split, it’s time to rethink how you use Facebook. Not only will the communications with your spouse, family, and friends change as a result of your divorce, but what you say could end up in the hands of your spouse’s divorce lawyer. Be careful! Follow these …

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What the McCourt Divorce Means for the LA Dodgers

Earlier this month, a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge ordered LA Dodgers owner, Frank McCourt, to pay his wife, Jamie McCourt, $637,159 in temporary spousal support on top of covering her lawyer’s fees. This monthly payment is meant to cover expenses related to the eight homes in her name plus living expenses. In the …

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Six Ways to Protect Your Pocketbook Before, During, and After Divorce

Divorce is expensive and can be a major setback in reaching your financial goals. During this time you’ll need to make serious decisions about your current finances and your future. The following tips will help keep you on track and your divorce in order. Tip #1 – Look at Your Current Financial Situation Now that …

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Tax Tips for the Newly Divorced

Now that you are single again (or about to be single again), it’s time to take another look at your finances and the tax implications of your choices. The following tips make sure you follow the law and also help you to save money. Filing a Tax Return You will need to gather and copy …

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The Elkins Family Law Task Force: Making California Divorce Fair

In May 2008, the Judicial Counsel of California established the Elkins Family Law Task Force to create ways to improve the efficiency and accessibility of the California Family Law Courts. This past April, the task force released its recommendations that show a promising shift in how California handles divorce. The report outlined 117 recommendations, which …

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A Celebrity Divorce Dictionary – What the Celebrity Magazines Really Mean?

Ever read an article from a celebrity magazine or paper and wonder what all that legal jargon means? The following definitions explain many of the terms often used by reporters to describe celebrity divorce. Divorce Paperwork – TMZ reported that Charlie Sheen and wife, Brooke Mueller, have not “lawyered up” for a divorce, but the …

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What Not to Wear to Divorce Court

Have you seen the show “What Not to Wear” on TLC? In case you haven’t, the basic premise of the show involves two “fashionistas” who instruct an average dresser on the right and the wrong ways to dress. It would be wonderful if the show’s hosts took a trip to the Los Angeles Superior Courthouse …

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Activities for Divorced Parents in Southern California

Make Time for Your Kids this Summer School will be out before you know it, and that means it’s time to plan activities that you can do with your children over the summer.  This list of ideas includes only inexpensive and local Southern California activities, since we want you to avoid the Disneyland Dad (or …

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How to Keep Your Pet After Divorce

According to an article on MSNBC.com, Americans spend $40 billion on their pets each year. This is proof that pet owners often consider their dog, cat, bird, etc. to be part of the family. During divorce, a conflict arises between the courts and the loving pet owners. When the parting spouses look to the court …

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Top 26 Funniest Break Up and Divorce Movies

Break ups and divorce are not something to laugh about, but there’s no denying that it feels good to find comedy in life, especially during stressful times. Humorous books, stand-up comedy, laughter clubs (yes, they do exist), and funny movies all present an opportunity for you to let go and have some fun. Don’t let …

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Premarital Agreements

Premarital agreements (also called prenuptial agreements) often have a negative connotation. However, we feel this is an unfair assessment. Premarital agreements can do many positive things for your marriage. If your marriage does end in divorce, it only helps protect you and your family financially. We have written a series of resource articles about premarital …

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Dividing Assets – Pension Plans

If some of the assets you are dividing as part of your divorce include a pension plan, then you will need an expert Qualified Domestic Relations Order (QDRO) drafter to create the document for you. This is imperative, since every pension plan is different and because a QDRO is not a neutral document. If you …

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10 Questions To Ask a Divorce Lawyer

Do you specialize in divorces, or are divorces just a part of your practice? Are you a certified family law specialist? What is your strategy for my case? How long will it take to resolve my case? How long to you take to return phone calls? How do I get a hold of you if …

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Court Needs to Consider Both Ability to Pay and Actual Expenses When Ordering Attorneys Fees

Past cases have clearly emphasized that the court should consider need and ability to pay, but this case is unique in that the court specifically considered husband’s actual expenses and also considered hefty child support and spousal support obligations in determining that it was just unfair to make husband pay attorneys fees under these circumstances.