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What are the steps in a divorce?

Posted on March 6, 2017 at 11:15 AM Comments comments (8)

When you’re wrestling the emotional turmoil of divorce, a chaotic legal process is the last thing you need. After all, divorce is ultimately meant to resolve the situation, not worsen it. In an effort to reduce stress, this post outlines the basics of getting a divorce in California in six steps. Please note that this outline is no substitute for speaking with a lawy...

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While You Wait: Pendente Lite Orders

Posted on January 30, 2017 at 8:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Litigation is costly and time consuming. Especially in family cases, the fight may be harder than you expect. Not only is the financial reality burdensome, but the personal nature of these matters is exhausting. Pendente lite ( Latin for “pending litigation” ) orders exist in order to maintain the status quo—particularly when minors are involved.

As w...

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Separation and Section 70

Posted on January 15, 2017 at 4:00 PM Comments comments (0)

How do you know when a marriage has ended? Can you quantify it? If I handed you a calendar and asked you to circle an exact date, could you?

As we know from our website's Family Law page, California is a “no-fault” divorce state. From the moment you’re married, there’s an assumptio...

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Cohabitation Does Not a Marriage Make

Posted on December 19, 2016 at 6:55 PM Comments comments (1)

After the trials of twentieth-century feminist movements, it’s not a leap to suggest that marriage is regarded skeptically today. You need look no further than the U.S. Census Bureau Figure MS-2, which depicts the sharp rise in marital age. Now, when marriage is entered upon, it's not the kneejerk fix-all or rite of passage it used to be. Today, statistics support its definition as a careful partnership reserved for lat...

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Why You Should Always Read the Small Print

Posted on December 12, 2016 at 12:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Did you notice those restraining orders hiding on the back of your divorce paperwork? If not, I don’t blame you—they’re easy to miss.

Automatic Temporary Restraining Orders (ATROs) or Standard Family Law Restraining Orders (as they’re now called) are four mutual orders that automatically come into...

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