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…

Unless you are fortunate enough to have a divorce that is completely uncontested, or is nearly uncontested, you’re probably going to be sticking with your divorce lawyer for awhile. And while your divorce lawyer isn’t completely in control of everything that happens, he or she will still play a big role in how your life…

Everyone worries about the costs associated with divorce. After all, the average California divorce costs $30,000 ($15,000 per party). But what everyone doesn’t realize is that most of the time, you have a lot of power to ensure your divorce costs way less than that. Sure, you can’t control everything about this process. You can’t…

There are lots of consequences to a divorce that drags on. You spend way more money. And it’s a lot harder to settle into the new normal or move on to your life while everything is up in the air. And while you can’t control every part of the divorce process, there are things you…

It’s not at all uncommon for clients to want to date during their divorces. And there’s no law against it. But is a move that should be made with extreme caution. Here are some of the issues you ought to be considering before you try taking that next step during this crucial time in your…

“Grey” divorces are becoming more common. Market Watch reports the senior divorce rate has more than doubled since the 1990s. But divorcing in your golden years is a little bit different than divorcing when you’re younger. Here’s what you need to know if you’re an older American dissolving the knot in Orange County, CA. It…

Every divorce in California has unique qualities and circumstances. Our team at the Bledsoe Firm has never had two divorce clients with the same set of goals or desired outcomes. That being said, certain divorces are drastically different from the norm. One example is a divorce involving parents from different countries. After a divorce in…

There are many complexities that can make co-parenting difficult. You need to navigate the needs of your children, schedule of the other parent, and constant changes to both. Of course, these are just the complications that appear on the surface of any co-parenting arrangement. Any two parents will have a range of considerations that may…

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