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…]
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 and I was always anticipating the worst. [Read more…]
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 divorce or separation is a challenging process and just when you think the hard part is over… co-parenting starts. You may begin to worry about your children in ways you haven’t before if they’re not under your roof. The good news is that research has shown that despite the potential negative effects of divorce on children, there are many positive ways children can grow from successful co-parenting– and that’s the goal. It’s ok to have a different style of parenting that your ex, but there are some key co-parenting elements that will help you be successful. Relationship coach Allison Pescosolido shares the following co-parenting tips: [Read more…]
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 feelings you have toward your ex isn’t hurting him/her… it’s only affecting you. [Read more…]
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. [Read more…]
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. [Read more…]
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 divorce, which is an alarmingly high statistic. As a California-based family law firm, we witness the problems couples in Orange County face, and the below 10 items can be a great checklist for your relationship. Be weary of these marriage issues: [Read more…]
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 saw more June brides – and June grooms – this year than the year before. In all, there were 2,034 marriage licenses issued in Orange County last month, a bump of about 3 percent.
“We call this the happiest place on earth,” quipped Renee Ramirez, the deputy commissioner who oversees Orange County licenses and civil marriage ceremonies.
Another number on our Happy Index shows that marriage ceremonies performed at the courthouse are way up. A whopping 752 ceremonies were performed this June, up about 15 percent from June of ’09.
“They come in limos. They come during lunch. They come in big formal dresses or just jeans or shorts,” Ramirez said. Some, she added, actually do come from The Happiest Place on Earth – Disneyland. She can tell by the Mickey and Minnie hats.
But, if marriage is indeed happiness – and, really, is there a husband reading this who won’t raise his hand and say ‘Yes, dear, it is!’ — the real question is this: What’s the trick to keeping the marriage going? [Read more…]
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 Center (341 City Drive in Orange). They’re some of our favorite nearby restaurants.