If you’ve never been through a divorce before then the entire process may seem extremely confusing. So it’s no surprise the question we get most often is: “Where do I start?” Here are the steps we recommend each of our clients take. Gather paperwork as soon as you know you’re getting a divorce. In divorce,…

If you think of your dog or cat as a member of the family, you’re not alone. A recent Harris poll revealed that 95% of pet owners, nationwide, have similar feelings. While we know a dog isn’t the same thing is a child. We also know the dog isn’t the same thing as the furniture….

Though we talk a lot on this blog about what happens in divorce court, over 90% of divorce cases settle. In Orange County, the court often orders a mandatory settlement conference if you and your ex can’t come to some kind of an agreement. When your divorce goes to court things get unpredictable. The judge…

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…

Death can create big issues in your divorce, calling the fate of marital assets into question.  You can’t divorce someone who is dead, which means the divorce case will end. A probate case will begin instead. The Effect of a Will When a person dies without a will, it’s called dying “intestate.” According to California…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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