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How to Start Your Divorce

In the beginning, you weren’t thinking about the end. Beyond the blur of wedding bells, rings, and gifts, the future was bright; full of hope and possibility. Sure, the details weren’t filled in, yet, but the important parts were: the picture of both of you, together, taking on the world. Now you’re sitting here staring at the ruins of your …

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FAQs About Child Custody Lawyers

For worried parents, one of the most stressful aspects of divorce is how it will affect your child—especially in terms of custody. With your child’s well-being on the line, you want to be certain that the lawyer handling your case will fight for their best interest as passionately as you would.  At Maples Family law, we understand these concerns, and …

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Dividing Retirement Assets in a Divorce

With so many different types of plans and variables at play, dividing retirement assets in a divorce can be complicated. Especially if they existed both before and during a marriage, dashing any hopes of a clear property classification. However, considering their sizable worth, retirement accounts are one aspect of property division you don’t want to get wrong.  Fortunately, a good Stockton divorce …

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5 Signs You’re in a Toxic Marriage

The motivations compelling couples to consider divorce are wide and varied. However, one common motivator, is when individuals feel trapped in a toxic relationship. The term “toxic relationship” was coined in 1995 by Dr. Lillian Glass, and in contrast to physical abuse, the hallmark of a toxic relationship is an emotionally unhealthy environment, where one or both of the parties …

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Divorce Papers in California

In order to initiate your divorce, California law requires that you let your spouse know you’ve begun the legal process—and in this case, shooting off a quick text won’t cut it. For your notice to be valid, you must provide the other party copies of the same paperwork you filed with the court, and it has to be done in a …

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Can Spousal Support be Garnished?

As everyone with children knows, raising kids is a full-time job. Because it requires so much mental and physical energy, it’s not uncommon for one spouse to temporarily set aside career aspirations, and devote all his or her available attention to homemaking tasks. While this can be a great solution for some families, the downside is that the employability of …

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Divorce Mediators in California

For those who aren’t familiar with divorce, it can be surprising to get there and learn that there are actually a lot of options when it comes to calling a marriage quits. From the homemade, “do-it-yourself” divorce contracts, to uncontested, collaborative, and all the way to mediation, when it comes to divorce, couples actually have a wide variety of choices, …

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Adultery Laws in California

With adultery clocking in as one of the leading causes of divorce, it’s no wonder people are interested in how it might affect their split. Specifically, the question many divorce lawyers get asked, is whether or not adultery is illegal.  It’s a fair question. Especially considering that over twenty states actually do attach criminal punishments for infidelity. Consequences that can …

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California Divorce Laws and Property Division

If the idea of splitting a shared life overwhelms you, you’re not alone. While all divorces come with their fair share of difficulties, longer marriages can be even more challenging. After all, when you’ve shared more of your lives together than you have apart, where in the world do you start when trying to divide that all up? Who gets …

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How Infidelity Affects Alimony in California

Most people are probably already familiar with the term, but to kick things off right, let’s start with the legal definition of adultery, which is: any consenting sexual relationship where at least one of the parties is married to someone else.  Historically, punishments for this behavior were swift and harsh, ranging anywhere from torture to mutilation, and in some cases, …