One of the objectives of the divorce process is to divide your property. In California, property is divided according to community property law. This means that all property that is acquired during marriage will be divided equally between you and your spouse equally – unless it was a gift or inheritance, or was acquired before marriage.
A paternity action establishes the parentage of a child. Establishing parentage means determining who are the legal parents of a child. Parentage must be established before a court can order visitation, custody, or child support for a child whose parents were unmarried at the time of his or her birth.
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The following is a summary of steps that will take place concerning a dissolution of marriage action. Please be aware that not all of the issues addressed may apply to your particular case. Once the Petition for Dissolution has been filed and served, the following orders are in effect and apply to both you and your spouse. Restraining …
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You have made the painful decision to file for divorce. You’re at a loss as to how to move forward with this decision. We recommend that you personally interview an attorney with intentional questions that will educate you to know the specific philosophy and goals of a prospective law firm. The right attorney choice will make a huge difference...
Latest Blog Entries
This is the third in a series of blogs in which I address both common and unique issues parties can face when dividing the marital residence. The focus of this blog is on reimbursements for improvements to real property. Example One: community funds used to improve the separate property of one spouse. Wanda inherits a home […]Read more...
This is the second in a series of blogs in which I will address both common and unique issues parties can face when dividing the marital residence. The focus of this blog in on property acquired by one spouse prior to marriage CP= community funds SP = separate property funds Example One- Property acquired prior […]Read more...
In 2015, the California Supreme Court issued a decision in Marriage of Davis which stated that for the purpose of determining when a couple is “separated” and no longer acquiring community property a couple must be “living separate and apart.” This changed existing case law which provided that a under the right circumstances couple could […]Read more...