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Your mind has to rule your heart during a divorce

Making decisions during a divorce can be fueled by a clear plan for your future but it might also be driven by emotions. Your goal in the divorce should be the former option instead of the latter. When you find out that your marriage is over, you must sit down and make a clear plan for your future. Think about everything from how you are going to get social now that you are single through how your finances are going to play out.

How do I know if I should keep our marital home?

When spouses choose to split up in California, one of the biggest issues many couples face is which person has the right to stay in the house the couple shared. There is no one-size-fits-all answer to this dilemma, but may help you to understand how some of the most common scenarios often play out.

High-asset divorces shouldn't be rushed

A high-asset divorce is something that will take time to work through. You can't try to rush the process even though you might be in a hurry to start your new life. This is something that you need to make sure that you work through in an appropriate manner to avoid the possibility of missing out on a critical point in the negotiations.

Can I file for divorce in California?

If you decide it is time to file for divorce, you have a number of logistical issues you must overcome before you can officially begin the process. One commonly problematic aspect of divorce is the venue where the divorce should (or can) take place.

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.