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. [Read more…]
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 the decision to divorce is rarely easy. [Read more…]
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 and mediation costs.
If there’s real estate involved you’ll have to factor in refinancing costs and record deed fees. And, of course, living in a more popular/higher-income area will make divorce more expensive.
Here are a few tricks to keep your costs low:
— Know what you’re agreeing to. Or ask one of us to clarify! That’s what divorce attorneys are here for. Settlements can be pricey, so make sure you’ve crunched every number with your attorney beforehand.
— Be quick! One of the main reasons divorce can be so expensive is how long the case takes. The longer it’s drawn out, the pricier it will be. Keep that in mind.
— Don’t play dirty. The more you try to cause your ex pain, the more it will cost you. If either/both of you decide to try to make the other person’s life hell, it will just delay the process and add more fees everyday!
— Sign a Pre-Nup. This is self-explanatory. While it still may not make divorce “easy,” and you’ll still want an attorney, a prenup makes a world of a difference. Both sides are bound to that contract and the judge will almost always honor what the prenup states about the marriage/finances.
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 this time of year if they’ve been recently divorced. RoadFish recently released a few observations about how a divorce can affect one’s credit, and we thought we would share them with you. [Read more…]
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. [Read more…]
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 most women choose to divorce their husbands because of the following: [Read more…]
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 of his criminal trial. [Read more…]
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, “Arnold and Maria will always come together when it comes to supporting and loving their children.” [Read more…]
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 and woman involved in the case but also the extended family and the children from the marriage if there were any. A divorce lawyer can help anyone going through a divorce get through the proceedings without ripping their hair out and becoming increasingly frustrated with the other person involved.
Divorce can be a mentally frustrating process and hiring a lawyer to help get through the process is the best thing to do. Why? A lawyer will help with the filing of forms, requesting property when the division of property takes place, figuring out who gets custody of the children, determining visitation rights, figuring out child support and spousal support, and how the debt of the couple should be divided. A divorce lawyer for a divorce case can make the proceedings much easier to deal with than representing oneself.
The majority of states in the United States require that a spouse be a citizen of that state for at least six months before filing for divorce in that state and proof of residence for that time frame must be presented to the court before filing for divorce. The proof can be a written or oral declaration by someone with knowledge of that person’s residence in the specified state. Sometimes the spouse of another will decide to file for divorce in another state and if this is so the other spouse should file for divorce in their own state immediately in order to avoid travel as much as possible.
During a California divorce there are a plethora of things to decide upon for the two parties involved. A divorce case will not take only one appearance in court to settle the differences between a husband and wife. More than likely a divorce case, if the two parties cannot agree on anything, can take anywhere from two months to a year to complete. A divorce lawyer will help any divorce proceedings progress at a quicker pace and will help their client get the most property and assets from the split as possible.
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Some of the things that need to be decided on in a divorce case are child custody, child support, spousal support, property division, debt division, child visitation rights and much more. If the spouses involved in a divorce case can come to an agreement on everything involved in the split then they can obtain an uncontested divorce. An uncontested divorce is when the couple is not on separate pages when it comes to dividing the property, assets, child support, and child custody. If a couple reaches an uncontested divorce then the proceedings will be extremely quick to complete. As with a regular divorce, a divorce lawyer can help a couple obtain an uncontested divorce rather quickly.