While any number of factors go into pursuing a divorce, there’s much more to deal with when it comes to who has jurisdiction.
CALLER: “Here’s the situation. I am divorced, it’s been over a year, I still have belongings in the home and I can’t get them out. What are my options? She won’t return a phone call or anything.”
Ending a marriage is complicated in the best of times, but what happens to the process you have a spouse from a foreign country?
If you file for divorce and share credit card debt with your spouse, in the state of California, you are equally liable for paying it off.
Houses, cars, and savings accounts don’t come as a surprise, but it’s a shock when divorce assets like a professional degree is included.
During a marriage, your life becomes intertwined with that of your spouse, but what about spouses who are also business partners?
CALLER: “I married my ex-husband and remarried him after we were divorced. He thinks that our first divorce decree settlement is null and void because I married him twice, and then we got divorced a second time. Is that true? I don’t see what one marriage has to do with another one.”
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?
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!
Divorce, child custody, and child support battles can boil over into heated, contentious affairs, but military service often complicates matters further.
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?
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.
Divorce is emotional and complicated in the best of times, but when there are health issues to contend with, it wreaks havoc on the process.
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?
Meeting with a divorce lawyer for the first time can be intimidating and overwhelming, but here are some ways to prepare for your initial consultation.
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.
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.
With so much information floating around, it’s important to have a good understanding of divorce. Here are ten common divorce myths to be aware of.
Divorce doesn’t necessarily need to take place in court, there are other options, and two popular choices are mediation and arbitration.
A “divorce decree” simply refers to the court’s final ruling and judgment order that makes the termination of a marriage official.
Summary dissolution presents a solution in the case of short marriages with few complications where the spouses are on the same page.
An obstinate ex can cause a plethora of challenges during the divorce process, but what happens if she is refusing to sign?
It’s important to know the various types of divorce and what each means. There are differences and similarities. Some apply to multiple circumstances, while others have specific criteria and only fit certain cases. Being aware of the types of divorce can help streamline the process and get you on the road to your new life faster and easier.
Every divorce has a lot at stake, but high asset divorce presents its own unique problems. Here are some costly common mistakes people make.
Over recent years, January has become known by many as “divorce month,” but just how accurate is that unflattering title?
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.
CALLER: “I’m married. Say my wife got a ‘gift’ but it’s called an ‘inheritance’ even though her parents are still alive. Is that an actual ‘gift’ or is it really an inheritance?”
Going up against a divorce attorney without your own representation puts you at a serious disadvantage. Our founder explains why.
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 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?
During a divorce you lose assets you likely need to replace. Rebuilding your finances post-divorce should be a huge priority.
In general, it’s a good idea to have representation during a divorce. The process often gets twisted in short order and having a professional to guide usually you saves time, money, and hassle. That said, it’s also important to trust your divorce attorney. But what happens if you don’t? What …
People damage their own cases in countless ways. To help minimize that, here are eight things you should never do during divorce.
Leaving the marital home without having a strategy in place, can create a significant disadvantage throughout the rest of the divorce process.
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.
No one likes to sit in traffic, but can a long commute actually contribute to divorce? One new study looks to answer this question.
Roughly half of marriages end in divorce, and because of that, an increasing number of marriages have become remarriages.
We all know smoking cigarettes comes with certain health risks, but does it also carry risks to your marriage? The answer might surprise you.
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.
Marriage may be an institution, but it’s not immune to change. What marriage is, what it means, how important it is; all of this and more have transformed dramatically over time. Some shifts are massive and easily recognizable. Others are subtle, changing across many years, so gradual you hardly notice …
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?
Adultery so often strikes a fatal blow to a marriage, but how big a role does it actually play when it comes time to file for divorce?
In contested divorces, discovery may prove incredibly valuable. Discovery compels each side to reveal what evidence and info they have.
The average cost of a divorce in California is $17,500. All cases will incur an initial filing fee. In San Diego, this costs $435 and additional motions bring additional fees. This ballpark range is strictly an estimate; significant assets, children, and how contested the divorce is will all add to the expense. In complex divorces that are highly contentious or go to trial, it is possible for the cost of divorce to exceed $100,000. The cost of a complex divorce will be impacted by the necessity of experts.
A house is the biggest purchase most of us make. What happens if we own a home, marry, then divorce? That’s where Moore Marsden comes in.
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.
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 …
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.
Not every divorce devolves into a heated courtroom battle. When spouses see eye-to-eye, uncontested divorce is often a viable option.
Military service complicates many relationships. It also complicates the divorce process. One area that often gets twisted is military pensions.
The date of separation has a huge impact on divorce, but a significant change to California law is about to alter the landscape.
There’s rarely one single cause that ends a marriage, but jobs are often a biggie. But what jobs have the highest divorce rate?
Social media has become such a large part of our lives that it makes sense it’s often a large part of our divorces as well. It’s common for people to use it to flirt online or even to facilitate affairs. Divorce proceedings increasingly include Facebook and other social media-related conflicts.
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.
It’s the stuff of melodramatic TV movies, being trapped in a loveless marriage. But can your spouse actually prevent you from getting a divorce?
Do-it-Yourself divorce has never been more accessible than it is now. But just because you can, doesn’t always mean you should.
The short answer is that there’s a lot to deal with when dissolving a marriage. As usual, the full answer is much longer.
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.
Bankruptcy impacts every facet of your life. Your marriage feels the brunt, and so does the process of ending it. Does bankruptcy change divorce?
What is a restraining order? A restraining order is a legal restriction that prevents or requires a party to refrain from performing certain actions.
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.
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.
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.
Mudslinging is common in ending a marriage, but unfounded abuse allegations all too often have a negative impact on divorce cases.
The paparazzi probably doesn’t hound you and follow your every move, but that doesn’t mean privacy during divorce is important to you.
Couples ending marriages later in life face a number of unique challenges and concerns. Here’s what you need to know about gray divorce.
Watching parents split up is never easy, but for many siblings in divorce, this experience serves to push them closer than ever.
Paranoia and spying aren’t new in marriages, but tools have changed. Digital snooping has an increasing impact on divorce and the aftermath.
Serving in the military is a huge sacrifice and takes a toll on many families. But even with all the struggles, the military divorce rate is declining.
A legal separation is a formal and legally binding agreement that divides debt, assets, and property between spouses; it will also address the issues of support and custody. Creating a separation agreement is similar to getting divorced, with the main difference being after a legal separation is finalized, you are still married.
Alcohol abuse is often cited as a cause of divorce, but a recent study draws a direct link to divorce and an elevated risk.
CALLER: “My Baby mama is trying to move to California for a job and she’s trying to take my kid with her. We have joint custody in our parenting plan. I have custodial rights as well, visitation is ‘meh,’ it’s minimal but I have custody rights, 50/50 custodial rights. So…What do I do?”
We’re proud to announce that Joseph P. Waters has been named a Certified Family Law Specialist in the state of California.
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?
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.
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.
CALLER: “My wife is bipolar, I think. She’s physically, mentally, and verbally abusive to me all the time in front of my kids, and I’ve had it. What do I have to do to build a case when I do file for divorce that works in my favor? When the police come, it’s always this, ‘Little old me, I didn’t do anything,’ and they buy it.”
Divorce impacts almost every facet of your life, and that includes Social Security. Here’s what you need to know about the changes you face.
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.
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.
Views on marriage and divorce reflect the surrounding society, which is in constant flux. With differing social mores come various divorce trends.
The effects of divorce on children is often the first consideration of parents considering divorce. Here we explore “how does divorce impact children?”
TEXT-IN QUESTION: “Married three years. They have a dog that they both love and basically it’s their child, or they think it’s their child, and they’re wondering how that’s treated in divorce. Is it treated like an asset or more like custody of children would be?”
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?
This is a complicated situation that encompasses domestic violence, home equity, and what to do if you can’t go to the authorities.
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.
CALLER: “My divorce was finalized in 2010 and in the division of assets it was actually pretty amicable. However, there was not language in the decree for her to refinance at all or within a time period. I did file a quick claim deed, but I’m still on the mortgage.”
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 …
CALLER: “I was just wondering how a pension works? If one person has a pension, and the other doesn’t, do they get some of that or not until they start receiving it?”
CALLER: “I’m going through a divorce. My ex recently got a lawyer and wants to do arbitration. What are the advantages and disadvantages of arbitration over going to court?”
Caller: “I have an estranged husband who’s an addict. He decided to go use instead. He’s living in a different county and I don’t know where he is. What’s the best way to go about filing for divorce? What do I need to do?”
CALLER: So my wife is filing for divorce and we’ve got a couple kids and some properties. I work, she doesn’t. I haven’t engaged a lawyer yet, but her lawyer is telling her that I’m going to have to pay all the legal fees. I’m curious what your thoughts on that are. Am I going to have to pay both mine and her legal fees?
EMAIL QUESTION: “My divorce decree states that my ex-wife is required to list and sell the home we owned together but she continues to live in the house and shows no signs of intent to sell or of moving. What can I do to force the issue, or what can I get the courts to do? Do I need to file something with the courts? What do I need to do to prove she’s not abiding by this judgment?”
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?
Divorce gets complicated in the best of times even when spouses have open lines of communication. But what happens when one spouse goes MIA?
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