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The California Divorce Process, Step by Step

The California divorce process, step by step, includes nine major components: Preparing paperwork to file Filing Serving divorce papers Responding to the divorce Temporary orders Financial disclosures Discovery Settlement Trial The California Divorce Process, Step by Step While no two divorces are exactly alike, most California divorces follow the same series of events. Every step requires you, your spouse or …

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How Long Does it Take to Get a Divorce in California?

How long does it take to get a divorce in California? For most people, it takes at least 6 months to get a divorce in California. It can take longer, but usually, that depends on how the parties involved choose to resolve issues. Anyone can get a divorce in California. You don’t need a reason (other than having “irreconcilable differences,” …

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17 Divorce Mediation Tips You Need to Know Before You Start Mediation

If you’re divorcing your spouse in California, you’ll likely consider mediation – many people do. In fact, mediation is the smart choice when you and your soon-to-be ex-spouse just can’t see eye-to-eye. And in some cases, the courts actually order mediation to help people resolve disagreements (particularly when it comes to parenting plans for their children). Check out these 17 …

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Dividing a Business in a Divorce

When you’re a business owner going through a split, you need to know about dividing a business in a divorce. Do you have to give your spouse half of the company, will you have to sell it, or can you “buy out” your soon-to-be ex? Dividing a business during a divorce can be a big challenge – and that’s why …

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Divorce in the Middle of the Immigration Process

What happens if you divorce in the middle of the immigration process? Will your marital split affect your immigration status, or will you be able to continue on the path you’re on? Here’s what you need to know. Divorce in the Middle of the Immigration Process A divorce in the middle of the immigration process can cause problems with your …

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Do Prenups Work?

Do prenups work? For most people, they do – but there are certain things that can make a prenuptial agreement unenforceable when you go to court. The language in a prenup has to be crystal-clear; otherwise, either party can argue it in court. Here are the basics about how – and why – prenups work, as well as what makes …

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If I Get Remarried, Do I Still Have to Pay Alimony?

“If I get remarried, do I still have to pay alimony?” This is a pretty common question – and it’s one there’s a definite answer to. Yes, you still have to pay alimony to your former spouse if you get remarried. Here’s a closer look at what alimony is, why you pay it, and when you can stop paying it. …

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Hiding Assets During Divorce

Hiding assets during divorce is a major problem – and if you’re caught doing so (or if your ex is caught doing so), you’ll face big problems in court. Here’s what you need to know. Hiding Assets During Divorce When your marriage is ending, your spouse may decide to hide some of his or her assets so you can’t get …

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Senate Bill 30 in California: New Law on Domestic Partnerships

Governor Gavin Newsom signed Senate Bill 30 last summer to balance out the law on domestic partnerships – and will soon apply to both same-sex and heterosexual couples. Here’s what you need to know. Senate Bill 30 in California: New Law on Domestic Partnerships Before Gov. Newsom signed Senate Bill 30 into law, domestic partnerships were only available to same-sex …

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Parenting Time Agreements in California: The Basics

In California, parenting time agreements cover important information about: How much time a child will spend with each parent Information on how the parents will make decisions about important issues regarding the child Parents can share time with the kids, or the court could award physical custody to only one parent. A judge makes the final decision on custody, but …