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FAFSA for Divorced Parents: Tips for Helping Your Child Get Student Aid

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, is the application for federal student aid… and if you’re like many divorced parents, you want to get a head start on helping your child prepare for college. Because Federal Student Aid is the largest provider of student financial aid in the entire nation, giving more than $120 billion in grants, …

Parentage in California – The Law & Implications of Being a “Legal Parent”

When a party initiates a “paternity case”, which is synonymous with a “parentage case”, the Court is tasked with issuing an order determining the “legal parents” of a child. As we will discuss below, this is not always the biological parents of the child. A Court order stating that an individual is a “legal parent” of a child has far …

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How Do Courts Divide Debt in a Divorce?

When you’re getting a divorce in the state of California, you need to know that we live in what’s called a community property state. What that means is that the property you own – for the most part – belongs to both parties in your marriage. The same is true for debt; you both own it in most cases. That …

Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) – A More Peaceful Path to Dissolution

When people think of dissolution, they typically think of two attorneys battling head-to-head on behalf of their clients, and that is frequently the case. This, in turn, typically causes significant stress for the would-be ex-spouses. It is a frightening prospect to essentially have your entire life placed on trial in an effort to determine: (1) who should have custody over …

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Typical Alimony Payments: What You Need to Know

    For many people going through a divorce in Stockton, there’s a very important question: What are typical alimony payments in California, and how long will I receive or make them? Because alimony varies – both in amount and duration – in every divorce case, there’s no one-size-fits-all answer to that question. However, you can get a good idea …

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The Bitcoin Divorce: How Do Courts Divide Cryptocurrency?

Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are treated like property in a divorce – but how does division of these assets work in California? So far, it’s been a little bit tricky, so here’s what you need to know if your divorce involves Bitcoin or another cryptocurrency. The Bitcoin Divorce: How Do Courts Divide Cryptocurrency? When you’re talking to your Stockton divorce …

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“I Want a Divorce.” What’s Next?

“I want a divorce.” If you’ve heard those words – whether you saw it coming or you’ve just been blindsided by the news – it’s probably time to begin working with a Stockton divorce attorney. When Your Spouse Says, “I Want a Divorce” When your spouse says, “I want a divorce,” your first instinct may be to protect yourself. For …

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Uncontested Divorce in California

If you’re like many people, you’ve heard that there are two types of divorces: Contested and uncontested. But what is uncontested divorce in California, and why does it matter? What is Uncontested Divorce in California? An uncontested divorce is one in which you and your spouse don’t fight in court – you come to a resolution on your own. If …

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3 Tips on How to Negotiate During Divorce

During your divorce, your family law attorney will most likely advise you to try to negotiate with your spouse – whether it’s about child custody and visitation, the way you divide your assets, or other matters that could put you and your soon-to-be ex at a judge’s mercy. But that’s easier to say than it is to do… right? How …

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San Joaquin County Divorce Basics

When you live in Stockton, San Joaquin County will process your divorce case. But how does it all work, and what do you need to do if you’re ready to end your marriage? You may want to talk to a San Joaquin County divorce attorney who can answer all your questions and give you legal advice. San Joaquin County Divorce: …