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Why You Should Try to Reach Agreements With Your Spouse

If you’re divorcing your spouse, your attorney will tell you that it’s best if you two can reach agreements about child custody and property division on your own, without going to court and forcing the judge to decide. But why is it better, and what happens if you just can’t agree with your soon-to-be ex-spouse? Why You Should Try to …

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How to Serve Divorce Papers in California

When you initiate the divorce process, you’re supposed to let your spouse know—and you do that by service. California law says that you must give the other party formal notice that you’ve begun the legal process; the legal way to do that is by having him or her served with a copy of the same paperwork you filed with the …

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What is a Contested Divorce in California?

A contested divorce—one in which the two spouses can’t reach an agreement on something—isn’t as uncommon as you think, whether you’re in Stockton or a neighboring community. In fact, many couples have a tough time seeing eye-to-eye during the divorce process. While many contested divorces do end up becoming collaborative divorces, many people end up litigating and letting their judge …

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What is Collaborative Divorce in California?

There’s no question about it: Divorce is tough. However, a collaborative divorce can make things easier on you, your soon-to-be ex-spouse, and your children. What is Collaborative Divorce? The term collaborative divorce refers to the process of resolving your differences together rather than fighting things out in court. It involves negotiation (and sometimes mediation) so that both parties can walk …

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Child Custody: Who’s Choice is it Anyways?

As the dust settles from the arguments that lead to your separation, and you have filed the volumes of financial data your attorney has requested of you, and have neared a mutual decision about the appropriate division of your assets and liabilities, there is one last question to settle. Who gets custody of the most precious asset your marriage produced? In …