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7 Tips for Surviving the Holidays During Divorce

The holidays are right around the corner, and if you’re like most people going through divorce, you’re not exactly looking forward to them. But you can still enjoy this holiday season – and these seven tips can help take away the dread, even if you’re right in the middle of your divorce. 7 Tips for Surviving the Holidays During Divorce …

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7 Tips for Coping With Divorce Stress

When you’re going through a divorce, your Stockton family law attorney will be there for you every step of the way – but what about when you’re at home, being overwhelmed by stress related to the split? Use these seven tips for coping with divorce stress to help get through this difficult time. 7 Tips for Coping With Divorce Stress …

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What is Legal Separation in California?

If you’re like many Californians, you’ve heard of a legal separation – but what is it, and could it be the right choice for you? What is Legal Separation in California? Legal separation is more than just physical separation. That means just because you and your spouse have chosen to live apart, you’re not necessarily “legally separated.” Some people remain …

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Fathers’ Rights and Child Support in California

In the state of California, fathers have rights too – and that’s true across every aspect of divorce, including child support. Like mothers, dads are considered incredibly important parts of kids’ lives in the Stockton family court system. Their rights and responsibilities, just like those expected of mothers, extend providing their kids with emotional and financial support. Fathers’ Rights and …

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5 Things Not to Do During Divorce

Divorce is one of the most stressful things you’ll ever go through – but if you’re like most people, you know that there are some things you shouldn’t do during the divorce. In fact, there are a few things you can do that will actually make your divorce more difficult. Here are five things not to do during divorce: Don’t …

Practical Parenting: Teaching Effective Judgement

via Thomas C. Maples, Ph.D, Stockton Therapy Network Good, bad, right, wrong, holy, evil, black, white, night, and day; we are subjected to numerous paradoxes (the capacity we have to make inference and judge lived experience) on a daily basis. However, in recent times, the waters have become muddied, especially in terms of judging what is what, let alone what …

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Divorce With Kids: How Children Are Affected When Their Parents Split

  If you’re a parent who’s getting divorced, here’s what you need to know about divorce with kids – how it affects them and what you can do to make things easier. Divorce With Kids: How Children Are Affected When Their Parents Split Divorce is almost always stressful for children. Most don’t want their parents to separate, although some are …

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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 …