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Family changes can often seem intimidating. According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, the divorce rate in California is 9.4. Whether you are going through a divorce, figuring out child custody, or navigating other legal issues with family — knowing what to expect as you move forward can always simplify the process.

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Appearing on the long list of things affected by the COVID-19 pandemic is divorce. While people were confined to their homes with their phones and laptops, it was a good time to research the steps involved in the California divorce process.

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Going through a divorce is often an emotional and difficult experience for everyone involved. During the divorce process, issues of property division often arise, and the subject of establishing living arrangements or vacating the marital home must be addressed.

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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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