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How Is Child Custody Determined in California?

Determining child custody is among the vital divorce matters that must be settled before a marriage can be dissolved. If the separating or divorcing parents are unable to decide on a mutually-agreeable parenting plan, the California court will be called upon to help award custody based on the best interest and welfare of the child.
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Common Issues in a High-Asset Divorce

When you have significant assets to protect, you need to be confident that you’re doing everything you can to protect your future. Filing for divorce can be an extremely overwhelming process. With the help of a knowledgeable divorce attorney, you can rest easier knowing that you’re receiving expert legal guidance during this difficult time.
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Issues in Same-Sex Divorces

Although the divorce process is largely the same for both heterosexual and same-sex couples, there are a few unique challenges the latter may face and the former may not. As the path to marriage and parenthood for same-sex couples has evolved over time, some laws and stipulations make obtaining a divorce a bit more complex than it might be for heterosexual couples.
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How Long Does a Spouse Get Spousal Support in California?

How long spousal support will last often depends on the length of the marriage, the type of support, and other factors. An experienced California family attorney can enlighten you about how spousal support works in the state and how long it might last.
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Considerations Before You Get Married in California

Getting married is a life-changing event and a lifelong commitment. However, many people make the decision to walk down the aisle without considering all of the legal and financial complexities of marriage.
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Dividing Debt in a California Divorce

Divorcing can affect every aspect of your life, including your assets and finances. During property division in a California divorce, the divorcing couple must also divide their debts. However, determining the nature of debt and how to achieve equitable debt division can pose different complexities. An experienced California family law attorney can help you understand debt division and make informed decisions.
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I Think My Spouse Has Hidden Assets

You’re in the process of divorce, and the two of you are facing what is called division of property or division of assets. In other words, this is the point where it is decided who gets what. This can be accomplished amicably between the two of you in an uncontested divorce or fought over in court in a contested divorce.
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Considerations When Divorcing Later in Life

Divorce is quite common in California, but it is not limited to younger couples alone. When older couples file for divorce later in life, the whole process can be emotional, yet liberating.
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Divorce vs. Legal Separation

If there is a breakdown in your marriage, legal separation or divorce are among the available options to end the matrimony union. In California, seeking a court decree of legal separation allows you and your spouse to live separately while remaining legally married.
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Will Cheating Affect My Divorce Case?

When married individuals are unhappy in their marriage, they are more likely to end up having an affair. But can cheating affect your divorce case in California?
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