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Author Archives: Paul A. Pettine

What You Can Learn from High Profile Divorces in CA

It is clear that divorce can be—and usually is—emotionally straining. But a divorce can have an impact beyond your immediate family and can be extremely disruptive to your professional life as well. There are few better examples than the recent high-profile divorce contest between Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt and his wife Jamie. Some […]

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Community Property in CA

California defines community property as any property that either spouse acquires during the course of the marriage, excluding gifts that an individual spouse receives and any property an individual spouse acquires through bequest in a will or intestate succession.  Under California law, spouses must divide community property equally following a divorce, unless they agree to […]

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Why You Should Consider Pre- and Post- Nuptial Agreements

Pre- and post-nuptial agreements are simply arrangements that provide definitive answers to many of the questions that arise during a marriage, including rights to property and earnings, responsibility for debts, and estate planning.  Such agreements also provide for property division, alimony, child custody, and visitation in case of divorce.  It may also provide for child […]

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Benefits of Hiring Family Law Attorneys

For most people, going through a divorce is a highly emotional experience.  And while it is possible to accomplish some simple divorces without legal counsel, having an experienced family law attorney on your side during a divorce can provide a number of benefits.  A family law attorney can help temper the torrent of emotions that […]

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