It is an unfortunate yet well-recognized fact that the financial pressures associated with debts are a significant reason couples opt to divorce. That choice, however, does not make those pressures disappear. Conversely, debt in a divorce can make the whole process more complex. The division of marital assets is typically the main focus of a […]
How Does Infidelity Affect A Divorce in California?
Infidelity can break couples apart Of course, some couples are able to stay married and even rebuild trust. Many cannot. Our purpose in this blog is not to influence the “should” question, but to provide a foundation of what to expect if you are considering a divorce after infidelity. Is infidelity/an affair grounds for […]
FAQ – Serving and Responding to Divorce Papers
In this FAQ on divorce papers, we are going to answer some of the most common questions that we have received about initiating a divorce, especially the process of serving or responding to the initial divorce papers. Note: each state has its own rules and procedures, so the answers below are according to the laws […]
Divorce or Legal Separation: What’s the Difference?
The first thing to know when discussing this is that formal Legal Separation is a rare goal for a client to try to achieve, but it is helpful in some limited circumstances. Legal separation is designed to be a permanent separation (more about durability later) and is suitable for couples who, for example, have religious […]
Don’t Be Fooled: Answering Common Myths About Divorce
The choice to divorce from one’s spouse is a weighty decision. It should not be made hastily, nor without good counsel that it truly is the only real solution to the problems that have developed in the marriage. Unfortunately, not all counsel can be called “good counsel.” There are many common myths that can shape […]
Facing a High-Asset Divorce? Here Is What You Need To Know
What is a high-asset divorce? In the state of California, a high-asset divorce is one in which the value of the marital estate that is being divided is greater than $1,000,000. However, merely thinking in terms of net worth does not give the full picture. The diversity of the assets that create that high dollar […]
How Can I Protect My Personal Privacy in a Divorce?
The right to personal privacy is of high value in any free society. We want to live our lives without intrusion and to make our decisions without interference. Although it is not explicitly expressed in the U.S. Constitution, the Supreme Court has routinely held that this right is implicit within the Bill of Rights, and […]
Social Media and Divorce: the Use and Potential Consequences
Facebook. YouTube. Instagram. Twitter. These manufactured words have not only found their place in our everyday vocabulary, what they represent has completely transformed the social fabric of modern society. For all the good that these social media platforms bring to us, they are also a dangerous minefield that must be navigated carefully. This is especially […]
Can My Spouse Take Everything in Our Divorce?
Legally, the answer is a resounding “NO!” Although divorce laws vary from state to state, there is not one state in the Union that permits one of the spouses to walk away with absolutely everything leaving the other spouse with absolutely nothing. If you feel that you or someone you know is being financially mistreated […]
How Are Debts Split in a Divorce in California?
Financial pressures often play a significant role in the breakdown of a marriage, but when a couple chooses to divorce those pressures do not simply disappear. While family law in the State of California provides a fairly straight pathway for property division (including both assets and debts), walking that pathway is not always quite that […]