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California employs a process for agreeable couples to handle their own divorces, including child support arrangements, without hiring a family law attorney. Although the process is structured for DIYers, it isn’t always easy to navigate.

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According to a recent study from Census.gov, more than 22 million individuals under the age of 21 in the United States live with a custodial parent while the other parent resides elsewhere. Less than one-half of the custodial parents receive child support either through a legal agreement or an informal child support arrangement.

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We have all heard the sobering statistic that in the United States, 50% of marriages end in divorce. The good news is, according to recent studies, California ranks among the top 10 in lowest divorce rates in the U.S., with just 9.3% of couples getting divorced in 2020.

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Some 450,000 people use legal self-help programs in California every year to help save on the expense of hiring a lawyer. However, certain requirements can be confusing including how to respond appropriately to discovery requests from the opposing side.

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Often when someone thinks about hiring a Family Law Lawyer, they want to find someone who is loud and aggressive; someone who will pound on the table, stomp their feet and jump up and down to make sure that each and every one of your concerns “heard” by the Judge. But really, being a loudmouth is not the most important ...

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HCP’s often cannot stay focused and answer a simple question with a simple answer. They ignore other people’s questions and, instead, they raise new issues of their own – often in an attacking manner. This behavior can be infuriating. Exes know how to push your buttons and email and texts are some of their favorite platforms.

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Judges are humans. They have their history, traditions, values and lenses through which they see the world. They are expected to make orders that are neutral and impartial; yet their decisions are as much based on their subconscious beliefs as upon their conscious reasoning.

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