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How to Start Your Divorce

In the beginning, you weren’t thinking about the end. Beyond the blur of wedding bells, rings, and gifts, the future was bright; full of hope and possibility. Sure, the details weren’t filled in, yet, but the important parts were: the picture of both of you, together, taking on the world. Now you’re sitting here staring at the ruins of your …

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Dividing Retirement Assets in a Divorce

With so many different types of plans and variables at play, dividing retirement assets in a divorce can be complicated. Especially if they existed both before and during a marriage, dashing any hopes of a clear property classification. However, considering their sizable worth, retirement accounts are one aspect of property division you don’t want to get wrong.  Fortunately, a good Stockton divorce …

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5 Signs You’re in a Toxic Marriage

The motivations compelling couples to consider divorce are wide and varied. However, one common motivator, is when individuals feel trapped in a toxic relationship. The term “toxic relationship” was coined in 1995 by Dr. Lillian Glass, and in contrast to physical abuse, the hallmark of a toxic relationship is an emotionally unhealthy environment, where one or both of the parties …

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Joint Custody

Child custody refers to a parent’s authority to care for their child, and, during divorce, a judge can assign these powers between spouses as joint custody, or to only one parent in sole custody.  The division of such rights can be quite complicated, and couples should not try to resolve these matters on their own. Instead, families should work with …

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Divorce Mediators in California

For those who aren’t familiar with divorce, it can be surprising to get there and learn that there are actually a lot of options when it comes to calling a marriage quits. From the homemade, “do-it-yourself” divorce contracts, to uncontested, collaborative, and all the way to mediation, when it comes to divorce, couples actually have a wide variety of choices, …

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Divorce Mediation and Child Custody Tips

Mediation can be a time and cost-saving method of resolving divorce disputes, but it can also be tricky, especially when children are involved. If you and your partner have children and are considering divorce mediation, here are ten tips for making your child custody mediation be as successful as possible. 1. Bring Your Schedules  First thing’s first, come to mediation …

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3 Ways to Simplify Your Divorce (Even Before You File)

If you’re like most people, you want your divorce to go as smoothly as possible. You’d like to minimize conflict and just make it through with your head above water – and that’s probably true whether you’re just starting to think about a split or you’re riding out California’s 6-month divorce waiting period. The good news: There are three ways …

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How Long Does a Divorce Take in California?

If you’re considering a split from your spouse, you probably want to know how long a divorce takes in California. The fastest you can get a divorce in California is 6 months – but some divorces take a lot longer. Here’s what you need to know. How Long Does a Divorce Take in California? California has a 6-month waiting period …

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How Long Does it Take to Get a Divorce in California?

How long does it take to get a divorce in California? For most people, it takes at least 6 months to get a divorce in California. It can take longer, but usually, that depends on how the parties involved choose to resolve issues. Anyone can get a divorce in California. You don’t need a reason (other than having “irreconcilable differences,” …

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17 Divorce Mediation Tips You Need to Know Before You Start Mediation

If you’re divorcing your spouse in California, you’ll likely consider mediation – many people do. In fact, mediation is the smart choice when you and your soon-to-be ex-spouse just can’t see eye-to-eye. And in some cases, the courts actually order mediation to help people resolve disagreements (particularly when it comes to parenting plans for their children). Check out these 17 …