Divorce Litigation in CA

In California, divorce litigation is a type of contested divorce. This process takes place in an official courtroom setting, where both spouses have the opportunity to make arguments and present evidence before a judge (usually through an experienced family law attorney).  Unfortunately, divorce litigation takes a lot longer than other types of divorce. It’s also more expensive, and offers less …

What is a Divorce Settlement Agreement?

Never, in the history of love, has ever been two relationships that were exactly the same. As a result, no two divorces are identical, either. This is why, when it comes to divorce, you’ll have options.  In California, there are several different types of divorce, and not all require a trial. Indeed, couples who can communicate and compromise need only …

Why Do I Need an Attorney?

The jury results are in, and the verdict is clear: hiring an attorney is the most expensive part about getting divorced. And not just by a little, either—by a lot.  Between retainers, hourly fees, and other expenses, the price of a good divorce attorney isn’t cheap. And with no concrete way to tell exactly how much your divorce will cost …

Grandparent Visitation

You love being a grandparent and want to keep being a part of your grandchild’s life, once their parents get divorced.  Unfortunately, in California, grandparents do not have any automatic rights to visitation with their grandchild; however, just because this process isn’t standard procedure, doesn’t mean you can’t ever get visitation.  California courts understand that grandparents can often play a …

Proper Service

Marriage involves a shared legal interest in things like property, debt, and child custody, which is why when you file for divorce, you can’t just cross your fingers and hope your spouse gets the memo about when and where to show up. Instead, California courts will require you to notify your spouse of your actions through a specific set of …

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Grandparent’s Rights

Few things in life are more exciting than becoming a grandparent. Despite its benefits, though, this relationship comes with a lot of uncertainty, as well, since grandparents do not have the same rights as a child’s biological (or adopted) parent.  On the bright side, however, just because a grandparent doesn’t have the same rights as a parent, doesn’t mean they …

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Final Divorce Order

Divorce involves a lot of really important decisions. Which means that—between dividing property, divvying up child custody, and figuring out mortgages (not to mention, family pets)—you’ll have a lot to keep track of, post-divorce.  Luckily, there’s one document that’ll have all the answers: your final divorce order.  A final divorce order is a legal document containing all of the decisions …

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Divorce Complaint

So you’ve decided to get divorced… Now what?  Like all lawsuits, starting your divorce begins with telling the court. And, in California, this is done by filing what’s known as a complaint.   A divorce complaint (also known as a “petition for divorce”) is a legal document that initiates divorce proceedings; it notifies the court of your intentions to dissolve your …

Postnuptial Agreements

Most people have heard of a prenuptial agreement before—the pre-marriage contract that (once upon a time) used to spell out “certain doom” for the soon-to-be-wed couples who entered into them. But for more than a few people out there, the concept of a postnuptial agreement is rather new. Similar to its pre-marriage counterpart, postnuptial agreements are used to outline certain …

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Contempt of Court

The only thing more stressful than a divorce is having to go back to court, to enforce the divorce order that your judge already handed down. (As if the first time wasn’t enough, right?) Unfortunately, that’s exactly what some people have to do. Whether you like them or not, the terms of your divorce are not optional. California courts will …