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Achieving Your Best Outcome

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Now that you have worked through the issues of property, alimony, custody, and child support, the last step you need to take to finish this process is to actually finalize your divorce. Ironically, the absolute divorce is generally the easiest and simplest element of a divorce—it is, basically, the official and public statement that the two of you no longer wish to be married. From a legal perspective, it is important that you take this final step; (more...)

Lawyer-Led Negotiation

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The question of whether you need an attorney to handle your divorce is one that was not commonly asked a couple of decades ago. But times have changed, and today it is not uncommon for people to get divorced without any assistance from an attorney. Others are using attorneys in new ways, as the availability of alternative and complementary services increases. Law firms are restructuring in order to meet client needs, and many offer one-stop shopping, including financial planning, (more...)

Lawyer Or Mediator? Which One Should You Opt For During Divorce

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Divorces can be complicated matters and getting caught in the middle of legal problems is common. some people try avoiding divorce cases by going through a mediation first.  A divorce mediator helps couples either negotiate divorce settlements or resolve issues that leads to the dissolution of marriage.
However, divorce mediation is not appropriate in all situations.  For certain cases where domestic abuse or some kind of crime is involved, courts often start divorce proceedings without a mediation. (more...)

How To Withdraw Divorce Filings And Cancel Your Case

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It is not uncommon for parties to a divorce or termination of domestic partnership to subsequently reconcile before their case is done.  In that event, you would need to file a “Request for Dismissal” with the court (California Judicial Council Form CIV-110). This will dismiss the case, if the legal separation or divorce is not finalized.  Remember that if you later wish to proceed down this path of reconciliation and then later you change your (more...)

The One Day Divorce Program In California

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Protracted divorce proceedings may soon be another footnote in legal history. James Mize, a Judge in Sacramento has created a program which makes it easy and swift to divorce in a day. The newly launched program is made to cater to individuals who are unable to afford a proper divorce lawyer. According to Mize, the program pulls in folks who languish at the bottom and who have no help and does not have any kind of representative assistance.
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Division of Pension Plans In A Divorce

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Pension plans are usually divided in one of only two ways: “cash out” or by Qualified Domestic Relations orders (QDROs).  The latter is the most common way through which pension plans get handled. Under this scheme, it is ordered by the court that at the time of retirement of the employed spouse, the other one will be the recipient of a percentage of every pension check. This percentage is arrived at by dividing years when the (more...)

Responding to Divorce or Legal Separation Papers

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Anyone of the spouses in marriage or as a partner in registered domestic partnership has the right to request the court to terminate their legal relationship. Your domestic partner or spouse has requested the court to end the relationship in case you received a summons and petition for legal separation or dissolution (divorce). In Orange County, CA, the court has the power to end domestic partnership or marriage even if the other partner is unwilling to be legally separated (more...)

Scarlett Johansson’s Husband Blindsided by Divorce Filing

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Scarlett Johansson’s divorce is about to get messy.
News outlets reported Scarlett Johansson’s marriage was over last month, and now we have confirmation. The actress filed for divorce from her husband Romain Dauriac this week, and apparently he was not aware she was going through with it.
At the time of the filing, Johansson released a statement to ET about her privacy after making her divorce public.
“As a devoted mother and private person (more...)

The Unexpected Death Of A Spouse During Divorce

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If one party to divorce unexpectedly dies during proceedings, and by legitimate means, the other spouse may have all the assets in his or her favor. In such cases, if the deceased spouse has a previous marriage, and has children from that former marriage, then those children will not get anything at all. The result will be that a lot of people will become extremely disgruntled.
Complicated proceedings
It is thus recommended that couples on the cusp of divorce (more...)

When Can You Seek An Annulment?

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Annulment is a legal proceeding similar to a divorce that can dissolve a marriage. However, the basic distinguishing factor that separates annulment from a divorce is that the former treats a marriage as if it never occurred in the first place. In other words, an annulment can be an option for separating couples to render their marriage alliance completely void. There are various reasons such as divorce being viewed as a stigma or religious purposes that might compel a (more...)