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What You Need to Know About Military Divorces

Divorce is an emotionally challenging and technically complex issue even in the best of circumstances. But when at least one partner is a member of the military, there are many additional complexities to factor in. Below is an overview of some considerations to keep in mind while navigating this difficult process. For the sake of […]

How Watts Charges & Epstein Credits Impacts Divorced Homeowners

While going through the arduous process of a divorce, the reality is that you and your soon-to-be-ex-spouse have shared expenses that have to continue to be paid, and property that you jointly own, even though you no longer cohabitate. Your mortgage, your car payments, your credit cards, your children’s private school payments—all of these expenses […]

When to Ask for Emergency Orders for Divorce and Child Custody

The vast majority of divorce and child custody orders, hearings, and motions involve the parties representing both sides of a matter appearing before a judge. This is in line with one of the basic tenets of the court system—that both sides must have the opportunity to plead their case. However, there are times when ensuring […]

How to Live Together During the Divorce Process

When a married couple realizes that a divorce is necessary, there may be a short period of time where one spouse stays in a hotel or with friends or family, while the other holds down the fort at home. However, this isn’t a long term solution. The reality is that most couples do not have […]

How an Unmarried Couple Can Legally Split Real Property

According to the Pew Research Center, in 1960, approximately 59% of adults aged 18 to 29 years old were married. By 2010, this figure had dropped to 20%. Fewer adults are getting married, and the average age for first marriages has increased as well. Unmarried cohabitation has increased, but many of the state laws governing […]

How People v. Sanchez Affects Use of Expert Testimony in Family Law

Family law cases, including divorces and child custody cases, often involve the use of an expert witness. Usually, this is in the form of a psychologist rendering an opinion on the various involved parties based upon interviews with them, or from review of materials and information gathered in preparation for the case. However, the use […]

Family Law: How to Get the Other Party to Pay Your Lawyer’s Fees

The legal process for settling divorces and child custody disputes can be extremely messy and complex. In order for the California Family Code to be applied as intended, both sides of a court case need to have access to competent legal representation. However, it’s common for one spouse or parent to have better financial resources […]

How to Serve Papers to Someone You Can’t Locate

When you wish to face someone in court in the State of California for any sort of legal proceeding, such as a divorce or lawsuit, in most cases you have to serve them via “personal service.” This means that the person being filed against must be physically provided with a paper copy of your claim […]

How a Domestic Violence Restraining Order Affects Divorce & Custody

Divorce is a stressful process, and is sometimes instigated by dangerous behavior by a spouse that necessitates filing for a DVRO, or domestic violence restraining order. The details of a DVRO can vary. At their most basic, DVROs require the accused abuser to not engage in abusive or intimidating behavior, but may also require the […]

When a Private Family Law Evaluation is Necessary

When a judge hears a divorce or child custody hearing, much of the evidence presented consists of a “he-said, she-said” exchange. This is part of the reason why California family courts require both parties to meet with a mediator before custody is changed, with the mediator making recommendations to the court based upon this meeting. […]