Not every divorce devolves into a heated courtroom battle. When spouses see eye-to-eye, uncontested divorce is often a viable option.
The paparazzi probably doesn’t hound you and follow your every move, but that doesn’t mean privacy during divorce is important to you.
We’re proud to announce that Joseph P. Waters has been named a Certified Family Law Specialist in the state of California.
In contested divorces, discovery may prove incredibly valuable. Discovery compels each side to reveal what evidence and info they have.
Whether or not to file for divorce is a big question, but another is whether or not you should file for divorce first, before your spouse.
While the prospect of divorce hearings may be intimidating, it definitely helps to go in with an idea of what to expect out of court.
The date of separation has a huge impact on divorce, but a significant change to California law is about to alter the landscape.
The old maxim goes: don’t talk about religion or politics. But what if it can’t be avoided? How often does politics cause divorce?
What we do outside of the office can have a big impact on our work. Even though we try not to, we often bring the weight of our home lives with us to the day job. It seems like weekly we hear about a person getting canned for using poor …
Should you hire an attorney if a spouse has one? The short answer is yes, if your spouse hires a divorce lawyer, you should also hire one.
What is a restraining order? A restraining order is a legal restriction that prevents or requires a party to refrain from performing certain actions.
Did you know June is Men’s Health Month? Here are some ways to get in the spirit, celebrate, improve your health, and prevent issues down the road!
While any number of factors go into pursuing a divorce, there’s much more to deal with when it comes to who has jurisdiction.
Every case is different and the unique facts of your case will impact the outcome. So how do you find the best San Diego divorce attorney is for you?
Divorce is tricky business in the best circumstances, but what if you can’t locate your spouse? How do you divorce someone you can’t find?
Divorce Online In California? While some states do allow you to file for divorce online, the short answer, at least as far as California goes, is no.
Emotions are high and tempers can flare, but that’s no reason to lose control. Here are some tips to help avoid or lessen conflict after your divorce.
Divorce can be a highly emotional time, one full of pressure and tension, and being prepared helps make sure nothing gets lost along the way.
Everyone is on Zoom right now. It’s a useful tool for staying connected right now, but there’s also been a rise in Zoom-based breakups during quarantine.
Mediation is a tool many divorce couples use when ending their marriage. It’s not right in every case, but it may help you come to a beneficial agreement.
You may need a new place to live after ending your marriage, but it may not be the right time to buy a house during a divorce.
Domestic abuse is an unfortunate reality for many people. All too often kids get caught in the crossfire. But one question that so often comes up is how do I build a custody case against an abusive spouse?
Being in a relationship with a person with an NPD is difficult. And if want to divorce a narcissist, you may be in for a turbulent ride.
In the last few weeks there have already been significant changes that affect the Divorce and Family Law process. With temporary court closures, it means our efforts now focus on alternative methods of dispute resolution such as Mediation, or binding Arbitration.
Contemplating divorce leaves many people overwhelmed, but there are many factors to consider when deciding if you should get divorced.
Divorce can be a confusing time. It’s full of uncertainty and ambiguity. You probably have a ton of questions.
During a divorce you lose assets you likely need to replace. Rebuilding your finances post-divorce should be a huge priority.
The fact that you were married and you purchased this home while married, it doesn’t matter that your name isn’t on the loan. The question comes down to, was there a significant down payment? And if so, did that come from community property or separate property?
For many, video games offer a way to kill time and decompress from the pressures of the day. But what happens to a marriage when escape becomes addiction?
Military service complicates many relationships. It also complicates the divorce process. One area that often gets twisted is military pensions.
Divorce, child custody, and child support battles can boil over into heated, contentious affairs, but military service often complicates matters further.
Summary dissolution presents a solution in the case of short marriages with few complications where the spouses are on the same page.
Splitting up a house in divorce can get tricky in the best of times, but what if one party depends on the shared home for a big part of their income?
The conversation around divorce can be challenging because younger children don’t have the emotional vocabulary to express their feelings.
Depression is a serious issue for many following divorce, but how you cope and move forward has a major impact on your present and your future.
For men that are going through a divorce, it’s never too early to get holiday help and make a plan for the coming festivities.
Views on marriage and divorce reflect the surrounding society, which is in constant flux. With differing social mores come various divorce trends.
If you marry a person, divorce them, marry that person again, and divorce them a second time, can you reuse the same divorce decree?
It’s been over a year since we divorced, and I still have belongings in the home and I can’t get them out. What are my options?
Tangible assets like the house, cars, and savings accounts don’t come as a surprise, it can be a shock when assets like a professional degree is included.
There are many divorce lessons to be learned from football– a strong defense is sometimes a great offense and having the right team is essential.
The effects of divorce on children is often the first consideration of parents considering divorce. Here we explore “how does divorce impact children?”
Pets are treated as an asset in divorce. You may both love the pet equally, but you need to deal with that on your own as the court views it as a ‘thing’.
What are the steps to getting a divorce in California? We take a look at the forms to fill out and the process of filing them.
Sometimes divorce comes out of nowhere. Especially if you live apart. We hear the question often: How can I find out if my wife filed for divorce?
When an ex refuses to sell a home, a number of issues large. But what can you do? How can you protect yourself against foreclosure in divorce?
An obstinate ex can cause a plethora of challenges during the divorce process, but what happens if she is refusing to sign?
The short answer is that there’s a lot to deal with when dissolving a marriage. As usual, the full answer is much longer.
This is a complicated situation that encompasses domestic violence, home equity, and what to do if you can’t go to the authorities.
The most important thing to remember about debt and divorce is that neither credit card companies or lenders ARE NOT bound by divorce agreements. The court doesn’t focus on who accrued the debt. Who’s Responsible For What Debt During Divorce? The court doesn’t focus on the name on the card …
Do-it-Yourself divorce has never been more accessible than it is now. But just because you can, doesn’t always mean you should.
A “divorce decree” simply refers to the court’s final ruling and judgment order that makes the termination of a marriage official.
Step 1: File petition. 2: Serve spouse. 3: Respond to summons. 4: Discovery. 5: Temporary orders. 6: Settlement /negotiation. 7: Sign and file final papers.
All the issues, problems, and hiccups we had the first time, we know to avoid them the second time around, don’t we?
When it comes to divorce, dividing up assets forms a big piece of the puzzle. This includes, potentially, Social Security disability payments.
Divorce decrees are complicated legal documents and like most court orders, they’re hard to change. But what if there’s a mistake? Can you fix it?
There are two options to end a marriage. Divorce or annulment. Divorce is by far the more common choice because qualifying for an annulment is not easy.
Everyone knows the capital of California is Sacramento, but that’s not the only one. Now we know which city is the divorce capital of the Golden State.
Filling out an NCAA Tournament bracket and entering half a dozen pools is practically an American tradition. But filling out a bracket is also a daunting task. Some fans religiously pore over every word Joe Lunardi utters, track quadrant one wins, and keep tabs on conference tournament play. And after …
Is it a gift or inheritance? Does it matter? That’s a question we hear often during divorce proceedings. The answer may impact how the courts view certain assets and thus how they are divided. It’s easy to see why this is important information to have. Rick Jones, one of our …
Pensions are less and less common these days as fewer companies offer them to employees, but they do still show up during divorce. The attached question usually runs along the lines of, “I worked my whole life, can my ex really take part of my retirement in the divorce?” The …
In general, it’s a good idea to have representation during divorce. That said, it’s also important to trust your divorce attorney. But what happens if you don’t? What can you do if you disagree with your lawyer? Rick Jones, one of our founding partners, regularly appears on the Danny Bonaduce …
“Been married 40 years, what’s the best way to divorce? I don’t want to mistreat my wife, but I don’t want to get screwed on spousal support either.”
The massive tax plan that Congress passed in 2018 is going to have a wide-reaching impact, including on divorce and spousal support.
There are two ways that assets and debts are divided in the US. Forty-one states use equitable distribution and the rest use community property. California practices community property.
When you think of divorce, you probably picture court. But that’s not the only way to end a marriage. Arbitration is another option, but is it best for you?
This is one of the most common questions we hear. 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 …
You probably know how complicated divorce can become. But what if you can’t find your spouse? What recourse do you have in divorce if your spouse is MIA?
A couple can buy a house together without being married, but what does that mean if they break up? What are you entitled to and what are your rights?
“So my wife is filing for divorce, I work, she doesn’t. Her lawyer is telling her that I have to pay all the legal fees. Is that true?”
You have a great deal to consider when ending a marriage, and not to pile on, but there are a handful of scary divorce facts to be aware of.
Ending a marriage is tricky business. But how can you divorce if there was never any marriage certificate filed in the first place?
What can you do if your ex doesn’t cooperate with the court-ordered divorce decree? The good news is that you have options.
“I’ve been told several times that whoever files first in a divorce has the upper hand, the distinct advantage, is that true?”
Founder parter Rick Jones answers the question, “I got a wife, no kids, no property, do I need to get a divorce or can we just live separately?”
“I just heard that if I die tomorrow, my ex can sue my estate for everything in the name of supporting my child. Is this true?”
The most vulnerable members of society, it’s tragic when parents don’t care for children. If you encounter a case of child endangerment, what can you do?
Going up against a divorce attorney without your own representation puts you at a serious disadvantage. Our founder explains why.
Retirement benefits like pensions often play a huge part in divorce settlements. But how long do you have to stay married until they kick in?
What’s the difference between separate and community property? How do you determine who is entitled to when it comes to divorce?
Leaving the marital home without having a strategy in place, can create a significant disadvantage throughout the rest of the divorce process.
Divorce gets complicated in the best of times even when spouses have open lines of communication. But what happens when one spouse goes MIA?
If it’s only you, relocating after divorce is relatively simple. However, when there are children and custody issued invovled, things become more complex.
Divorce is difficult and complicated in the best of times. It requires back and forth communication. But what if your spouse refuses to talk to you?
This probably doesn’t come as a shock to you, but divorce is expensive. One of the most common questions we hear is: how much does divorce cost?
Your divorce may be crazy and contentious, but be glad you’re not stuck in the middle of this firestorm. It could be so, so much worse.
While divorce is the most common way to end a marital relationship, it’s not the only one. In some cases, legal separation may be an option.
No one likes to sit in traffic, but can a long commute actually contribute to divorce? One new study looks to answer this question.
Do I need to hire a lawyer? That’s a question no one really ever wants to ask themselves. But how you answer is hugely important.
Every divorce has a lot at stake, but high asset divorce presents its own unique problems. Here are some costly common mistakes people make.
Bankruptcy impacts every facet of your life. Your marriage feels the brunt, and so does the process of ending it. Does bankruptcy change divorce?
Divorce gets complicated. But just how twisted? One celebrity split may illustrate how tangled things can get, even in the best of circumstances.
Gray divorce is one of the fastest-growing divorce demographics. But it also comes with specific concerns. Here’s what you need to know.
We all know smoking cigarettes comes with certain health risks, but does it also carry risks to your marriage? The answer might surprise you.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year: March Madness! Join us for our NCAA Tournament Bracket Challenge. The winner walks away with a fabulous prize!
Paranoia and spying are nothing new in relationships. But the tools have changed. Digital snooping continues to have an impact on divorce and the aftermath.
If you pay attention to the news, you’ve probably noticed bitcoin. It’s also become a point of contention during divorce. Here’s what you need to know.
For most of us, a house is the biggest purchase we make. What happens if we own a home, marry, then divorce? That’s where Moore Marsden comes in.
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 …
Roughly half of marriages end in divorce, and because of that, an increasing number of marriages have become remarriages.
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