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What is a no-fault divorce?

Divorce can happen many ways, and each spouse has his or her own tipping point where the marriage goes from difficult or troubled to untenable. For some couples, divorce comes after years of the relationship slowly fading past recovery, while others implode almost instantaneously, and still others simply run their course. California is a "no-fault" divorce state, so deciding to divorce is a truly personal decision, which is a great freedom and power to carry.

Understand some important points about domestic violence

Many people wonder why people who are in abusive relationships stay. While there are many reasons for this, one of the primary reasons is that the person simply can't leave. In nearly all relationships that involve domestic violence, the abuser uses financial abuse to keep the victim there because the victim doesn't have the economic means to leave.

What is quasi-community property?

Here in California, we often pride ourselves on being significantly different from other states in the union. Out here on the coast, there's always something to do and the weather is usually perfect! However, our differences often have surprising legal implications as well. California is one of only a few states that uses community property guidelines to determine how property gets divided in a divorce. Things can get particularly tricky when a divorcing couple previously lived in another state where they acquired property.

Discover how you might work out property division agreements

We've recently discussed premarital agreements and how these can have a big impact on how protected your assets are when you get a divorce. While this is something that many people realize before they walk down the aisle, not everyone has a prenuptial agreement in force when they discover that they need to divorce.

Prenuptial agreements aid wives who earn more than their husbands

When the public thinks about income inequality between spouses, they often envision a scenario where a husband is the primary income earner while a wife brings significantly less to the table. However, the last half-century has changed a great deal about why people marry and when, leading to a surge in recent years of couples where the wife, and not the husband, is the primary breadwinner. This creates a kind of income inequality in a marriage that goes against many stereotypes that still exist in public opinion, and may create tensions in the relationship.

It is difficult to keep a home in California divorce

When a couple faces divorce in any part of the country, it is usually a very difficult issue to decide who keeps the house. However, in Orange County, which boasst famously high real estate prices, a marital home is exceptionally valuable. In many cases, the spouse who lets go of the home is letting go of homeownership entirely for the foreseeable future because of difficulty involved in qualifying for a mortgage.

Focus on you and your child, not your ex, during divorce

The end of a marriage is a sad event for many people. Even if you are the person who filed for the divorce, you will likely feel some emotions when everything is said and done. In between the filing and the finalization, it is easy to lose your focus and think about what you can do to make life difficult for your ex. Giving in to this temptation might prove to be more harmful to you than you expected.

Think about all aspects of your divorce before making decisions

Ending your marriage isn't something that is easy to do. You have to take the time to plan your steps so that you don't make mistakes that could cost you in the long run. We understand that this isn't something that you are taking lightly. We are here to help you plan what you will do and consider all of the options that you have.