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What should spouses know about the divorce process in California?


Most Californians are loosely familiar with the legal issues involved at the end of a marriage. Some have experienced them firsthand, and others have seen friends or family members experience the range of emotions that comes with the end of this most intimate relationship. However, before divorce papers are filed and a couple is forced to deal with issues such as child custody, spousal support and asset and property division, they might want to look more closely at what the process entails.

We can help you nullify or create a prenuptial agreement


No matter their income or assets, for California residents at different levels of wealth on the verge of marriage, a prenuptial agreement provides a way to make the important financial decisions about money and other priorities in the relationship before marriage. While having a prenup has certain advantages, not all prenuptial agreements are the same. While prenups are supposed to be created under mutual agreement, they may still result in inequitable power split between the spouses.

How California differs when it comes to grandparents' rights


Over 40 years ago, visitation rights were granted only to the child's parents. However, as family law evolved, many people recognized the significance of granting grandparents visitation rights to their grandchildren. Several studies also showed the potential benefits of grandparents' involvement in a child's life. For these reasons, every state, including California, developed a law that allows visitation rights to grandparents.

Stevie J's $1 million child support case


Music artists and celebrities typically live better than many other residents in Orange County, California. Despite this, many controversies still surround celebrities regarding missed child support payments. Such is the case for rapper Stevie J, who has been accused of failing to pay child support.

Can Californians end a marriage in ways other than litigation?


Many people in California think that divorce requires "litigation," meaning in common parlance that their attorneys argue in court over the details of the couple's positions in front of a judge who makes a final ruling. Historically, litigation has been used in most divorces, but as increasing numbers of attorneys and legal observers have noted, it has certain disadvantages. It can be emotionally difficult for the divorcing couple and their children, expensive and can lead to conflict will that can last for years. Fortunately, another option called "collaborative law" is available for couples who want to save themselves the emotional and financial challenges of litigation.

Protecting children during child custody proceedings


In the aftermath of divorce, many but not all parents want to take custody of their children whether they are in Maine or in California. Parents who want custody will often do whatever they can to get it, even if it means portraying the other parent as unfit for custody. Unfortunately, parents who do this are not paying attention to how their actions are affecting their children. The more parents battle and disagree with one another, the worse the emotional impact on their children.

Is child custody mediation helpful?


Determining child custody in a divorce is not a simple task. The rights, responsibilities and access of each parent to a child are at stake in a child custody process. That is why many parents find it difficult to communicate effectively with the other parent during and after the divorce. If that happens to be the case, the process of establishing a parenting plan may be affected.

Lifestyle and infidelity clauses often found in California prenup


Marital agreements are generally important for Californians seeking matrimonial bliss. The cost of living, commodities and other expenses in California are higher compared to other states. So, the financial impact felt from the end of marriage can be more significant. California residents are also no stranger to prenuptial agreements. While some Orange County residents may consider this kind of marital contract as unromantic, some residents would not be married without one.