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Category Archives: Divorce

What Attributes Should You Look For in a Family Law Attorney?

The right family law attorney can help you handle sensitive issues with consideration and discretion. But the wrong lawyer can actually make things worse for you and your family. First, you should only hire someone who focuses on practicing family law. Next, you should look for candidates who have the following attributes: Experience: Family law […]

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How CA Courts Determine the Child Support You Pay

Courts may consider a multitude of factors when making child support determinations. And the court usually has final discretion to ultimately set an amount for child support payments. But for most cases, the starting point for the court’s decision process is California’s statutory uniform child support guidelines. These guidelines appear in Section 4055 of the […]

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How the “Elkins Legislation” Made Divorce More Expensive

The “Elkins Legislation” refers to a pair of bills, AB 1050 and AB 939 which became law on January 1, 2012. These laws change the role of evidence in divorce actions, increasing reliance on live oral testimony and moving away from written testimony. This could increase costs by requiring more court hearings during a divorce […]

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Methods of Valuing the Business of a Divorcing Couple

Valuation of assets is often a contentious issue during divorce proceedings. The parties may offer competing experts, each with an appraisal that is beneficial to the spouse offering it. This common problem becomes even more complex when a closely held business is involved. While valuing a person or real property can be complex in its […]

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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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