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How does the length of the marriage impact spousal support?

There are many factors that will be important when a judge makes various decisions in a California divorce case. The divorce legal issues are vast and can impact multiple areas of the couple's life. Particularly contentious is spousal support. Perhaps the spouse who is set to be ordered to pay does not feel the amount the supported spouse is asking for is fair. The supported spouse might view things in the exact opposite frame. One factor that will be part of the process is the length of the marriage and how that fits in with how much will be paid.

Hollywood couple heads to court over child custody dispute

Although California is a hotbed for Hollywood celebrity and there are many people who are prominent and in the public eye, most divorces and child custody battles involve "regular" people who do not have their every move documented in the media. However, there is value in examining how family law issues are played out with well-known people to have an idea of what to expect when there is a divorce or child custody dispute for the workaday person. Regardless of whether it is a famous couple or not, having legal assistance is one of the most important aspects of a successful resolution.

Are reimbursements for education possible in California divorce?

Property division is a frequent topic for dispute in a California divorce. While the law is relatively clear on basic matters regarding this issue in the state, there are always areas of nuance that might be somewhat confusing. One that might arise and should be understood is if one spouse contributed to the education of the other spouse and if, at the end of a marriage, there can be reimbursement for this as part of the settlement. Knowing what the law says about this issue is critical for both parties.

Options if there is dissatisfaction with a child support agency

California parents who have ended their relationship and are in a dispute over child support will need to deal with the appropriate child support agency. When the case is resolved, that does not necessarily mean it is over. The supporting parent and the receiving parent might be displeased with the way the case was handled individually or both parties might be unhappy with it. It is important to understand what steps can be taken when filing a complaint and if there can be a state hearing.

Will I be asked to put money into an account for child support?

It is not unusual for there to be a dispute over a variety of issues when there is a divorce in California. The impact of a divorce can be extensive and require people to take certain steps to handle situations such as child support. The state will want to make certain that there is a reasonable amount of certainty that the child support will be paid in full and on time. One way they will do this is to order a supporting parent - the obligor - to deposit money as a security deposit or into an account specifically for child support. Understanding the law as to when this will be done and the amounts required is an important part of a case and both parties should understand it.

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