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, […]

The powers of attorney are an important part of your estate plan. There are health care powers of attorney and fiduciary powers of attorney, but most often they are one in the same. In the case that you become physically incapacitated in some way or you are unable to make decisions about your health care, […]

A revocable trust or “living trust” is a term used to describe a trust that you create in your lifetime. A living trust helps you manage assets, or protect your interests should you become ill or incapacitated by disability or age. Trusts are usually written in such a way that you can amend them or […]

When the court decides upon child custody, the criteria it bases its decision upon is very simple: What is in the best interest of the child? There are many factors that are taken into account when making the decision, but the child’s best interest remains the foundation principle. The court will examine every aspect of […]

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