It’s against the law to hide assets during your California divorce. It can lead to criminal charges, including perjury and contempt of court.  That doesn’t stop people from doing it. People tend to do so out of either fear or spite. The only way to protect yourself is to work with your family law attorney…

Sometimes, a spouse’s behavior leaves a great deal to be desired. Sometimes, they even cross the line into harassment, or abusive behavior. When this happens, you do have recourse. What is harassment? Harassment can include a broad range of abusive or disturbing behavior. In California, you’d be making a domestic abuse allegation instead of calling…

It’s no secret: divorce can cause major financial problems. But you can mitigate many of these problems by taking certain steps in the early days of your divorce. Here’s what you need to know. It’s all about record-keeping.  The very first thing you should do if you’ve been served with divorce papers is to get…

Joint accounts can be tricky. And when you’re relying on your joint account to pay necessary living expenses and your spouse turns around and empties it, they can be downright terrifying. So you need to know what your rights are, what you can and can’t do, and what to do if your spouse doesn’t play…

If you were wise enough to invest in a prenuptial agreement then the last thing you want to hear, years from now, is that the prenup is null and void. Or that your spouse is asking your judge to throw out the prenup, and the judge agrees. After all, the whole point was to speed…

Who gets to keep the house? The family home can be one of the most heavily contested items in a divorce. But is it worth fighting for?  To find out, take these 4 steps. #1) Decide why you want to keep it. Is it because you feel it will provide stability to the kids? Do…

Did you know your Facebook posts and messages, Tweets, and other social media communications can come back to haunt you during your divorce? (Heck, sometimes they can even help cause your divorce). California is a no-fault state, so these posts won’t have impact on the division of marital property, unless they show you spent a…

In California, spouses have the option to pursue a legal separation. This is a court-recognized status that resolves all the same issues as a divorce does, except that you and your spouse are still legally married, even if you’ve divided up all your property and live in separate households. It begins with a Petition for…

They may not be the most romantic thing you’ve ever contemplated. But prenuptial agreements could be the key to protecting both yourself and your spouse in the event of a divorce. And all marriages eventually come to a close, either through divorce, or death. A prenup is the best way to protect both you, and…

A bitter custody case can raise many fears. And the idea your child might have to testify is among them. After all, most good parents don’t want to put their children in the middle of their divorce if they can help it. But as with so many legal questions, the answer is a solid, “It…

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