When you file for divorce in California, there are many issues that you must negotiate in the final divorce settlement. One of the most overwhelming may be that of property division and determining who is entitled to what in the settlement. California is a community property state, meaning all marital property and assets are divided equally in half. You must be fully aware of all martial assets, however, in order to ensure you receive everything you are entitled to in the settlement.
It may not sound romantic, but marriages are a type of business arrangement. When you get married, you take on your spouse’s financial successes and burdens. While this is not always a bad thing, there is always a risk involved. That is why some couples think about and eventually choose to create a prenup.
Alternative dispute resolution, or ADR as it is commonly called, refers to the method of resolving legal disputes without having to go through litigation. Though California judges might review the validity of chosen ADR methods used in divorce, they will rarely overturn the decisions made in the mediation sessions. If you are about to embark on divorce in California, there are several reasons for why you should consider alternative dispute resolution.
When you and your spouse divorce in California, you may sometimes be ready to part ways permanently. If you have children, however, it is important for you to find a way to effectively co-parent your children.
What is divorce to you? Many people in California look at it as the end of a relationship. However, relationships tend to persist — whether we want them to or not. This is even more so when ongoing maintenance agreements are involved, such as alimony, child custody and child support.
You know you can sometimes win a spousal support award in a California divorce, but did you know that in many cases you can also obtain support when you end your nonmarital live-in relationship? Per FindLaw, California is the only state with a unique law that provides for palimony when cohabiting partners end their relationship.