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What Does “Best Interests of the Child” Mean in California?

Child custody cases in California typically revolve around the “best interests of the child.” But what does that mean, and how does a judge who doesn’t know your family determine what’s in your children’s best interests? What Does “Best Interests of the Child” Mean in California Courts? When parents can’t agree on child custody on their own or through mediation, …

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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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5 Myths About Child Support in California That You Likely Believe

Most people are unfamiliar with California’s child support laws—and that’s okay, because most people haven’t had to deal with them. Unfamiliarity aside, there are several myths floating around about child support in California, and if you’re going through a divorce with children, you need to know what’s true… and what’s not. 5 Myths About Child Support in California That You …

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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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How to Have a “Successful” Divorce

Whether you’re simply thinking about ending your marriage or you’re ready to take action and get in touch with a Stockton divorce lawyer, you probably have more than a few concerns about how the process will play out—and whether you and your spouse will be able to reach fair agreements without causing too much collateral damage. The fact is that …

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Making the Tough Decision to Hire an Attorney for Divorce

You’re thinking about divorce. Maybe you’ve been thinking about it for a while, or maybe you’re just keeping your options on the table. No matter your circumstances, making the decision to hire an attorney for divorce is a big one—and it’s one you can’t afford to take lightly. Divorce is a complicated process, and if you’re a parent, it affects …

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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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What is a Contested Divorce in California?

A contested divorce—one in which the two spouses can’t reach an agreement on something—isn’t as uncommon as you think, whether you’re in Stockton or a neighboring community. In fact, many couples have a tough time seeing eye-to-eye during the divorce process. While many contested divorces do end up becoming collaborative divorces, many people end up litigating and letting their judge …

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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 …