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The First Step in Divorce: Filing a Petition for Dissolution

Before you can begin the divorce process, which includes negotiating property division, child custody, and, in many cases, spousal support, you must first file a petition for dissolution. What is a Petition for Dissolution? A petition for dissolution is the first step in any divorce proceeding in Stockton or elsewhere in California. When your divorce lawyer files the petition, the …

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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 …

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 …