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Tips for Mothers Going Through Legal Separation or Divorce

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By Gerald A. Maggio, Esq.
Once the initial shock settles down and the divorce becomes a reality, you start realizing that your life will change in many ways when you become a single woman once again. A realization like this can be actually scary for many. However, like many others, you will also get used to these new changes gradually. So do not lose your cool and be patient.
It is indeed a gutsy role to be a single (more...)

What To Think About When Reconciling After Legal Separation

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By Gerald A. Maggio, Esq.
On certain occasions, some couples do regroup and reconcile after their legal separation. Contrary to what many people would like to believe, survival from a separation is not an accidental case. But spouses who do succeed in overcoming their discord after a separation are known to exhibit certain behaviors to make sure that their marriages are intact.
What should you do to get back together after your legal separation? 
The couples must ensure (more...)

Questions To Ask Yourself Prior To Filing For Divorce

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By Gerald A. Maggio, Esq.
There are several cases where the divorce process is not easy at all. Rather, it can turn messy on several occasions. Whatever may be the reason for you to file the divorce; you should make this decision independent of emotions. In fact, such a step should be only taken after weighing all the options before you. Moreover, you should be all set to fight for the custody of your kids and your assets. While (more...)

Pros and Cons of Cohabitation Vs. Marriage in California

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By Gerald A. Maggio, Esq.
The subject of whether marriage better or cohabitation warrants a lot of debate based on people’s personal experiences and beliefs. There are some who believe nothing can replace a marriage in a loving relationship, while others beg to differ and believe that cohabitation is equally amazing without the legality of marriage. We discuss some of the benefits and disadvantages of cohabitation over marriage.
Pros of cohabitation over marriage 
One of the (more...)

What To Know About California Child Support

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By Gerald A. Maggio, Esq.
Child support is money which any court orders both parents or any one parent to pay to assist in paying for child (or children) support and the latter’s living expenses. The amount must be paid every month. Every California county has a family law facilitator to assist you for such activities. These services can be had for free. The facilitator helps in a number of ways like preparing the forms and explaining (more...)

Ten Financial Essentials You Need Know For Your Divorce

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Whether or not you’re using attorneys, to get started on your divorce, you will have to gather all of your financial information and share it with your spouse (and vice versa).
Many people, inadvertently skip this step and jump straight into discussions about who’s going to keep the house and how other assets should be divided.
That’s not smart and it can lead to deadlocks and breakdowns in the negotiations. You’ll (more...)

What You Need To Know About The New Tax Changes And Your Divorce

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Many people struggle with the financial details of their divorce especially if they weren’t the one managing the household finances but the recent tax law changes mean that it’s especially important for you to ask what you need to know about the new tax law changes and your divorce.
If your divorce was already in process last year and negotiations well underway, these changes may mean going back to the negotiation table before (more...)

What Happens To Your Business In Your Divorce?

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If you have your own business and you’re ending your marriage, then you’re going to want to know what happens to your business in divorce.
Probably about half of my clients either have their own business or their spouse is self-employed and there’s a huge variety in what those businesses look like. I’ve seen blogs that are strictly a side-job that probably cost more to run than the revenue they generate, (more...)

What Happens When Your Former Spouse Files For Bankruptcy?

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By Gerald A. Maggio, Esq.
When you go through a divorce, it can be both financially as well as emotionally painful. Moreover, if your former spouse suddenly files for bankruptcy, things can be even more stressful for you as there is a possibility that your financial stability can get greatly affected.  Divorce, as well as bankruptcy, may have a great impact on your financial position in various ways based on the new circumstances of your ex-spouse. Check out (more...)

Common Co-Parenting Issues after Divorce

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By Gerald A. Maggio, Esq.
If parents are able to co-parent in a civil manner, children can be relaxed and normal even after their parent’s divorce. Though you may love your kids the most, there could be certain scenarios where it is tough to give a preference to their best interests over the fury and disillusionment you feel towards your former spouse or over the divorce. Your children will be able to cope up well with your (more...)