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California Community Property Laws

Divorce isn’t just emotionally draining, but physically exhausting as well, especially when it comes to property division. Divvying up marital assets has all the stress of a big, cross-country move, except worse, because if push comes to shove, you can’t just mindlessly throw everything into the trailer and hope it all gets there in one piece. According to California community …

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Divorce Mediation and Child Custody Tips

Mediation can be a time and cost-saving method of resolving divorce disputes, but it can also be tricky, especially when children are involved. If you and your partner have children and are considering divorce mediation, here are ten tips for making your child custody mediation be as successful as possible. 1. Bring Your Schedules  First thing’s first, come to mediation …

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What to Expect at San Joaquin County Superior Courthouse

For those who have never attended court proceedings before, the prospect of “going to court” might be a little intimidating. After all, Hollywood certainly does a fine job of making it seem like an intense ordeal. However, before your imagination can start conjuring scenes from Law and Order, take a deep breath, and relax. In real life, “going to court” …

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Restraining Order in San Joaquin County

On its own, divorce is not an enjoyable process. However, when abuse is involved, fear and anxiety can add a new level of stress to an already tense situation. Sometimes the abuse has been ongoing, other times, it might be sparked by the divorce process, itself. Either way, it’s never okay, and if you or a loved one are afraid …

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Commonly Asked Questions About Types of Divorce

Glossing over the fine print of a contract is an oversight most people have probably done at least once in their life. And nowhere is this party foul more common, than in a marriage contract. After all, between wedding day snapshots and cake cutting, most people don’t have the foresight to sit the happy couple down for a serious pregame …

Maples Family Law Remains Operational During COVID-19

The Superior Court for San Joaquin county has released guidelines to help parents navigate custody procedures during the COVID-19 crisis. You can view their release below. Superior Court of San Joaquin county – Child support & custody information For more information on dealing with custody and support issues during this time, please feel free to contact our office at (209) …

Maples Family Law Q&A

Have Questions about Divorce? Dr. Tom gives a live Q and A session answering your questions on divorce, custody, and its effect on your and your children’s emotional health.

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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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Halloween During Divorce: How to Help Your Kids

If you’re like most parents, the only thing you want for your kids is their happiness – and when the holidays start to roll around, you worry a little bit (or a lot) more. The holiday season is right around the corner, and if you’re going through a divorce, or if you’ve just received your divorce decree and this is …

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What is a Motion to Modify Custody?

If your child custody arrangement isn’t working out – or if it’s no longer in your children’s best interest – you may be able to file a motion to modify custody. But what is a motion to modify custody, and how does it work? Here’s what you need to know. What is a Motion to Modify Custody? A motion to …