Many people move to a different state at some point in their lives. In fact, according to data collected by the United States Census Bureau, 41 percent of Americans currently live in a different state than they one in which they were born. Moving out of state can affect your life in many different ways; […]

Parents have the legal duty to provide for their child. While you cannot force someone to be a part of your child’s life, you can get an order enforcing financial support. Whether you are divorced or a single parent, a child support order can ensure your child gets valuable benefits they may be entitled to, […]

When you have met the one you want to spend the rest of your life with and are busy making plans to marry, the last thing that may be on your mind is the chance that you will end up divorced. While prenuptial agreements may seem unromantic or indicative of doubts about your relationship, the […]

If you and your spouse decide to divorce, then one of the most hotly contested issues will be who gets what. Property distribution is often one of the most contentious aspects of a divorce, especially if there is a lot to divide, and if there are no children from the marriage. A prenuptial agreement might […]

Reporting cases of child abuse or neglect is only the first step in the long process that the state of California has created to protect children from their abusers. However, many reports of child abuse have little to no merit, mainly because of the low evidentiary standard that these reports require. While this low standard […]

Child support and spousal support (sometimes referred to as alimony) have different purposes and are often awarded independently of each other. Child support typically ends when the child turns 18 or graduates high school (if he or she turned 18 before they graduated). This money is meant to be used to for the expenses incurred […]

Commonly known across the country as alimony, spousal maintenance in California often becomes an issue of contention between couples when the marriage ends. A determination of spousal support affects both parties’ finances in the immediate and distant future. Under California law, a list of factors are used to determine whether or not a spouse is […]

Each divorce is as different as the soon-to-be-ex-spouses involved. Going through the divorce process can be expensive and lengthy, not to mention stressful. The option of divorce mediation may be an alternative to a heated battle in court. In divorce mediation, the couple meets with a neutral third-party (known as the mediator) whose aim is […]

Meditation can be a powerful method to resolve disputes between parties without involving the costs and delays of the court system. During this process, a trained mediator helps the parties come to a solution that is optimal for all, but not without compromises. While some divorces require court intervention, those that can be settled through […]

The executor of your estate is one of the most important choices you can make when writing your estate plan. This person will have the legal responsibility to carry out your wishes and control your assets in the event you are incapacitated or have passed away. Many people will choose a family member, a child, […]

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