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What is community property?

Many California residents may be aware that California is a community property state which may lead residents to wonder what community property refers to. Community property rules impact many different parties in California, including married couples and registered domestic partners so it is important to understand what community property is and how it impacts residents.

Divorce mediation can be a good option to consider

Alternatives to the traditional litigation process associated with divorce or separation are available to couples in California. Divorce mediation can provide a number of benefits and advantages for divorcing couples seeking an alternative to the court-related divorce process. Mediation and alternative dispute resolution can resolve a number of important divorce-related concerns including alimony, child support and child custody.

Child custody a concern in Halle Berry's divorce

Parents going through the divorce process are encouraged to reach shared agreements concerning divorce-related issues whenever possible. Halle Berry and her husband, actor Olivier Martinez, recently announced that they are divorcing. A primary concern in the divorce will be custody of the couple's 2-year old son. According to reports, the couple each filed a divorce petition, however, it is important to the couple that they not engage in a child custody battle. The couple both filed for joint custody of the child.

Understanding when child support modifications may be available

In some circumstances, it may be necessary to seek the modification of a child support order. In general, an existing child support order may be modified in some situations. An existing child support order may be modified if there is a significant change in the earnings of either parents (either a significant increase or decrease in earnings of one or the other, or both, parents); there is a change in custody or a change in the amount of time the child spends with each of the parents; in circumstances of a military deployment or a change in any other factor that may impact child support guidelines.

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