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Child Support Laws in California

Child support laws in California help ensure that both parents are financially responsible for their children. The courts use a special formula to determine how much one parent will pay the other parent, and once a judge orders child support, it remains the same unless you go back to court to change it (or the child reaches a certain age). …

How to Prepare for Divorce

If you’re like most people who are considering a marital split, you need to know how to prepare for divorce – from finances to breaking the news to your kids. And there’s no question about it: preparing for divorce takes time and resources. Here’s what you need to know. How to Prepare for Divorce Other than the emotional side of …

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I Think I Want a Divorce – What Next?

There are many reasons people come to our offices and say, “I think I want a divorce.” Some people are dealing with a cheating spouse. Others are sick of fighting and conflict, and still others have simply grown apart. If you think you want a divorce, that may mean your marriage is beyond repair – and if that’s the case, …

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Divorce Mediation Checklist

If you’re going through a divorce but you and your spouse can’t seem to agree on things, your Stockton divorce attorney may suggest that you try mediation. Mediation is a way for you and your spouse to reach common ground with the help of an impartial third party. Your mediator will help you resolve issues you can’t resolve on your …

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Divorce Checklist: What to Do Before You File for Divorce

If you’re thinking about splitting up from your spouse, you need a divorce checklist – but not just any divorce checklist. One that shows you what you need to do before you file and helps ensure you’re completely prepared for the journey ahead. This divorce checklist covers it all. Divorce Checklist: What to Do Before You File for Divorce Divorce …

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Are Assets Always Split 50-50 in a Divorce in California?

California is a community property state, which means everything you and your spouse earned or purchased while you were in the marriage belongs to both of you equally. But it doesn’t mean that you have to divide everything 50-50. Splitting Assets in Your Divorce: Are They Always Split 50-50? During your divorce, everything that you and your spouse contributed to …

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Community Property Basics

In California, the term community property refers to any assets or income earned by a married person – and it belongs to both parties of a marriage, not just the one who brought it in. It’s different from separate property, which only belongs to one spouse. And during a divorce, community property must be divided equitably between both of you. …

Spousal Support Payments Are No-Longer Tax Deductible if You Divorce After January 1, 2019

Spousal Support Payments Are No-Longer Tax Deductible if You Divorce After January 1, 2019 Divorce can be complicated, particularly where there are children involved. However, even cases involving significant amounts of spousal support are highly contentious. Prior to the 2019 change, The IRS provided a useful negotiation tool, making spousal support tax deductible to the paying spouse; this will all …

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What is Temporary Spousal Support in California?

If you’re like most people, you’ve heard of spousal support – but what is temporary spousal support in California? Is it something you may have to pay or something that you’ll receive? Here’s what you need to know about temporary spousal support. (Learn more about the differences between temporary and permanent spousal support here.) What is Temporary Spousal Support in …