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…

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…

“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…

California’s celebrity crowd is known for setting trends in fashion and the arts, but you probably don’t think of Tom Cruise and Kim Kardashian as trendsetters in California divorce. Yet, these two celebrities and many others, including models and professional athletes, are consistently choosing mediation to finalize their divorces in California and elsewhere. The increase…

Throughout a California child custody case you need to make mindful, strategic decisions that advance that outcome you want. However, the structure and stressful nature of these family law cases don’t always make it easy to see and navigate the right path through a custody case. These are five of the mistakes parents often make….

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