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What is Divorce Mediation?

If you’re like many people, you’ve heard of divorce mediation—but what is it, and would it be the right choice for you and your spouse? What is Divorce Mediation? Divorce mediation is a way for you and your spouse to come together and decide the outcome of your divorce. It includes hiring a mediator—a neutral third party to your case—whose …

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Dealing With Divorce When You Didn’t Initiate the Process

If your spouse initiated divorce proceedings before you were ready (or before you had even decided to dissolve your marriage), you have a lot to deal with. There is good news, though: You’re not alone. Your Stockton divorce lawyer is here to walk you through the entire process, from start to finish, and provide you with the advice you need …

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Let’s Talk About Spousal Support in Stockton, CA

When you’re divorcing your spouse, you have the right to ask for spousal support. While every case is different, and there’s no way to predict how a judge will rule in an individual case, chances are good that if you need spousal support, the state of California will award it to you. What is Spousal Support? Commonly called alimony, spousal …

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How to Serve Divorce Papers in California

When you initiate the divorce process, you’re supposed to let your spouse know—and you do that by service. California law says that you must give the other party formal notice that you’ve begun the legal process; the legal way to do that is by having him or her served with a copy of the same paperwork you filed with the …

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How to Calculate Child Support in a Stockton Divorce Case

When you’re going through a divorce with children, whether or not you’ve already hired a family court lawyer, you know that you need to think about child custody and child support. While child custody is something that you and your soon-to-be ex-spouse should discuss on your own—and, if possible, reach an agreement on together—child support is another story. You don’t …

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I Want a Divorce: Common Reasons Couples Split

“I want a divorce.” If you’re here, you’ve either said it or heard it very recently. And you’re not alone. Some of the most common reasons couples split up, whether they’re married or dating, may be affecting you—and it may make it easier on you to know that others have experienced something similar. In our practice as Stockton family law …

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Getting Your Groove Back: Tending the Emotional Garden Post Divorce

“This feels like the end. Everything we had worked hard for is now gone. My life, as I know it, is over. Divorce is the pits. I don’t know how I can move on.” Is life over as you know it? Yes, but not in the way you may think. Let’s explore how divorce can effect one’s emotional state so that we may …

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Divorce 101: Rebuilding Life after Divorce

“How do I heal and begin to rebuild my life after divorce?” Divorce is quite possibly one of the toughest decisions you will ever make. Because of this, it is best not to take this decision lightly. Chances are, you spent much time dwelling on the choices you had to make to take this most courageous of steps. During the long process …

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Divorce: It’s More than Just a Legal Process

Marriage, separation, and divorce are more than a series of legal issues. Chances are, if you have found this website, you have been through an emotional roller coaster, have thought long and hard regarding the possible consequences your decision to divorce will have on those you love, and have ultimately made a choice that you feel is best for your …

Divorce In California

Hi! I’m Anna Maples, attorney with the Family Advocacy Center.  Today, I want to talk about divorce in California. Before you can file for divorce in California, you have to live in California for at least six months and in your county for at least three months.  You also would need to know your date of marriage and date of separation. Before filing …