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Is divorce mediation right for you?

Divorces are often misconstrued as contentious, expensive, and long-lasting - all egged on my attorneys on both sides. But the reality is that divorces get complicated because spouses are unable to resolve their differences. There are plenty of divorces that are resolved out of the courtroom, through alternative dispute methods. This post will go over divorce mediation and whether it is right for you.

Spousal support determinations in California

Spousal support can sometimes be a contentious issue during a divorce. Because spousal support is a common aspect of many divorces, it is helpful for divorcing couples to understand what it is and how it works so they can better navigate the divorce process. One of the first considerations a divorcing couple contemplating spousal support may have is how spousal support is determined.

Noncustodial parent abduction

Family law disputes are complicated and overwhelming for all those involved. This is further magnified in child custody cases where one parent is usually left disappointed. Their disappointment may lead them to try and abduct their own child in an attempt to spend more time with them. As heartbreaking as it is, it is against the law to take the child away from the custodial parent without prior notice. The law takes strict action against noncustodial parent abduction. The criminal justice system has methods to make sure the children are returned safely and such incidents do not happen again.

Things to consider for late-in-life divorces

Late-in-life divorce is becoming increasingly common. It seems that as America continues to age, so does the age at which people file for divorce. In fact, divorce rates for couples over 50 double. But just because your marriage has lasted the past 20 years, does not mean that you should stick it out simply for tradition or stubbornness. A marriage that works is a beautiful thing. A marriage that does not quickly becomes toxic for everyone involved.

Knowing when divorce mediation may be a good alternative

Mediation may be a less costly method of divorce that may streamline the process so that the divorce can be more quickly finalized and the divorcing couple can move forward towards their future. Divorce mediation and other forms of divorce alternative dispute resolution, such as collaborative divorce, may work better in some situations and circumstances than others.

Planning for divorce? Don't take advice from family and friends

Did you just turn 50, and now that your kids are away at college, you're ready to engage on the divorce that you've been thinking about for years? At your age, you definitely have some good friends and close relatives who've gone through the process.

The elements of a parenting plan in California

Custody and visitation agreements, also called parenting plans, are written agreements between parents concerning time sharing and decision making for the children. Of the two primary components of a parenting plan, time sharing refers to the amount of time each parent spends with the child and the accompanying schedule and decision making refers to how important decisions will be made concerning the health, education and overall welfare of the child and who will make those decisions.

Some tricks to speed up your divorce

Once you decide that divorce is the only viable option, you want it to be over as soon as possible. Unfortunately, everything you know about divorce informs you that it is expensive, drawn-out, and vitriolic. But, not every divorce has to end in an epic dispute that takes years. This post will go over what you should do to speed up your divorce.

Understanding the basics of divorce mediation in California

Most California residents who are considering a divorce believe that the process will be unavoidably expensive and emotionally painful. While many divorces fit this description, California provides an alternative that can often reduce both the emotional pain and financial expense of ending a marriage. The process is called divorce mediation.

Difference between community and separate property

When you enter into a marriage, you do so with the understanding, at least in a general sense, that what's mine is now what's ours. In community property states, once you are married, anything purchased during the marriage and any money earned during the marriageĀ belongs to the couple.

Solving a Divorce with Seasoned California Divorce Attorneys

Couples wish their marriage to last forever. However, disputes often arise after spouses start living together, and sometimes they resolve to separate. Although couples do not look forward to such a situation, it is important for them to agree on what would happen if they had to undergo this disheartening process. Spouses bear children and gain wealth as well as liabilities. Such factors make the end of a marriage extremely complicated.

An overview of the four divorce methods, Part 1

Not every couple is the same and not every divorce is the same. Before couples were permitted only one method, traditional litigated divorce. But the modern era as produced new methods of divorcing, to recognize that not everyone needs to rely on the adversarial courtroom to resolve their differences. This post will go over two of the four methods; the remaining two will be addressed by a follow-up post.

Overview of the alternatives to divorce

Divorce is a difficult and final decision to undergo. If you choose to divorce, there is no going back (unless you re-marry). Therefore, some people try an alternative to traditional divorce proceedings. Each method has its pros and cons, just like divorce. There are four basic types of divorce: the do-it-yourself, mediated, collaborative, and traditional divorce. This post will go over the basics of those alternatives.

The legal issues of divorcing while pregnant

The high of pregnancy and the low of divorce takes a lot of people on an emotional rollercoaster. But it is critical that you don't allow your emotions to cloud your good judgment. If you are getting divorced while pregnant, you cannot overlook your legal rights. You need to set firm rules for custody and support to ensure your future, your relationship with your child, and your child's future. This post will go over divorce and the issues it brings up during pregnancy.

Noncustodial parent abduction

Family law disputes are complicated and overwhelming for all those involved. This is further magnified in child custody cases where one parent is usually left disappointed. Their disappointment may lead them to try and abduct their own child in an attempt to spend more time with them. As heartbreaking as it is, it is against the law to take the child away from the custodial parent without prior notice. The law takes strict action against noncustodial parent abduction. The criminal justice system has methods to make sure the children are returned safely and such incidents do not happen again.

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