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Co-Parenting After Divorce

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Signing the divorce decree can feel like you have reached the finish line. The negotiating and bargaining is complete, assets and debts have been divided, and the logistics of the separation have been worked out. Finalizing the divorce provides closure, but for divorcing parents it is also the official matriculation …

Step-Parenting and Blended Families

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Navigating stepfamilies can be challenging for everyone involved. Whether they are your children from a previous relationship, or they are your significant other’s, blending into a cohesive unit is no easy task. While the road to successful step-parenting can be difficult, the reward of forging strong and lasting relationships is …

California Uncontested Divorce

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An uncontested divorce is the dissolution of a marriage where both parties agree to all the terms of the divorce.  An uncontested divorce is a bit of an all-or-nothing situation. You will only be able to proceed if both people agree to how property, assets, retirement, debt, etc. are to …

How Much Does a Divorce Cost In CA?

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This is one of the most common questions we here. Often people are frustrated when we answer, “That depends”, but it does. Unfortunately, divorce can be a complex issue with a plethora of factors that will drastically affect the cost—making it difficult to estimate the final expense. Average Cost of Divorce …

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What is Legal Separation in CA?

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There is a pervasive misconception that a legal separation is the first step in getting divorced. While legal separation can be part of the divorce process, it is not a requirement for dissolving a marriage. What Is A Legal Separation? A legal separation is a formal and legally binding agreement …

Legislation: More Than 2 Parents?

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The California legislature is blazing a trail in custody. On October 4, 2013 State Senate Bill No. 274 was signed into law and established provisions for recognizing more than 2 parents.  Until the passing of Bill 274, parentage was established using guidelines from the Uniform Parentage Act. Those guidelines limited …

Should I Mediate?

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Men researching options for ending their marriages are often overwhelmed by what can seem like a confusing game of terminology. Divorce, legal separation, mediation, and collaborative divorce are a few of the most common terms used to describe some of the different paths to ending a marriage. What Is Mediation? …

How Do I Win Custody?

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“How do I win custody?” is often the first question that we are asked by fathers in an initial consultation. This isn’t surprising; child custody can be a complicated topic rife with stress and frustration. Understanding the information the court uses to make a decision on custody can ensure that …

What Are Grounds For Divorce In California?

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If you are considering divorce, you may be wondering, “what are grounds for divorce in California?” What Is A No-Fault Divorce? California is a no-fault divorce state. This means that neither party is required to show that wrongdoing was committed. No-fault divorce allows couples to dissolve their marriage without the …

Dealing With Divorce and Depression

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Guest post by Andrew Lawes I remember when I found out my marriage was over. It sent me into a downward spiral; a drink-and-drug-fueled period of bad memories and even worse situations. I didn’t care – the pain inside me was too raw, too visceral to cope with. Blacking out …

Common Divorce Questions

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Divorce is ripe with uncertainty about what is going to happen and how assets will be divided. How long will my divorce take? The short answer to this question: more than six months. A California divorce will take longer than six months due to the mandatory waiting period. Six months …

6 Divorce Trends

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1. The divorce rate is declining It is hard to discuss divorce without the often cited statistic of ’50 percent of all marriages ends in divorce’ being mentioned. A look at statistical data from the CDC reveals that divorce rates for Americans are decreasing. It is important to note that …

Paternity and Deceit

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A news story out of England highlights one man’s custody nightmare. After 14 years of marriage, Richard Rodwell and his wife Helen divorced. She was awarded full custody and Mr. Rodwell was ordered to pay  £300 (around $440 U.S. dollars) a month. Rodwell was an involved father—he was present for …