When a couple with children decide to separate or divorce, there are a lot of questions around custody, co-parenting, and visitation rights. At the Bledsoe Firm, our California family lawyers have found that these questions regarding time and living arrangements are the priority for most parents. However, once the dust settles on child custody questions,…

Filing for divorce in California is a significant life decision. From where you live to childcare – every aspect of your life changes after divorce. For most couples, divorce is also an emotional and mental undertaking. In short, divorce can be difficult, which is why every couple that files for divorce wants to know it…

At the start of your California divorce, you might feel that all the issues and processes of divorce are within your control. You may have researched what is required for a divorce in California and even had a conversation with a California divorce lawyer. However, what is apparent at the onset of a divorce is…

More than ever couples are turning to mediation and other alternative dispute resolution to settle a California divorce. For these former spouses, this means skipping a divorce trial, but often this isn’t the real reasons a couple decides mediation is the right route for their divorce. Wondering if your divorce proceedings are a potential candidate…

Divorce can result in some complicated compromises and deep-rooted disputes, but few prove more complex than issues involving the care and welfare of minor children. There are two broad categories of issues involving minor children. The first is child custody. This is a determination of which parent is charged with responsibility and care of a…

Divorce is complicated and emotional. It is easy for the high emotions of a divorce to transform into vindictive and unkind actions. A Newport Beach CA divorce lawyer will tell you that when couples become passive aggressive, cruel, and uncompromising the outcome of your divorce suffers. When it comes to divorce there is a clear…

We often associate family law in California exclusively with legal separation and divorce, but an Orange County CA family lawyer actually has a broad and inclusive legal practice. Any issues involving domestic disputes, child custody, and division of assets can fall within the purview of a family lawyer. In fact, you may never go through…

Grandparent's Rights in Southern California Family Law

Grandparent’s Rights in Southern California Family Law In the vast majority of cases, the court has a policy of non-interference and respects the rights of parents to decide which family members they allow to see their children. Notwithstanding this, there are rare circumstances where the court may intervene through laws which protect grandparent’s rights and…

Willful Unemployment or Underemployment in California Divorce

Is Your Spouse or Former Spouse Willfully Under or Unemployed? The biggest factor that determines the amount of money that is awarded as spousal or child is the amount of money earned by the party who is obligated to pay. One dirty trick some try to game the system with is willful unemployment or underemployment….

California provides couples in the state with numerous options for legally ending a romantic relationship. Divorce, legal separation, and annulment to name the most common ways a relationship concludes under California law. Despite the differing terminology, it can be difficult to understand the distinction in these processes and to confuse matters further an Orange County…

Is Your Spouse Hiding Assets in Your California Divorce?

Is Your Spouse Hiding Assets in Your California Divorce? Ideally, even if two people no longer wish to remain married, they can still work in good faith with each other to end their marriage. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Divorce can bring out the worst in nice people, and some people aren’t very…

Some California divorces are able to reach a settlement outside of court or alternative dispute resolution, but most aren’t finalized this easily. Rather when a divorce is contested the couple must undergo many of the due diligence and other procedural requirements of a trial, including the taking of depositions. During a deposition, the opposing counsel…

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