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What are the different types of marital property?

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.

Do you need tax and financial professionals when you divorce?

Your legal counsel can be a valuable ally when you are divorcing. However, you and other Californians who have significant assets may not want to put your trust in only one person. It may benefit you to seek the advice of those with experience in financial and tax matters when you are preparing to separate your assets.

Understanding the 3 kinds of California property

At the Law Offices of Diane J.N. Morin, we know how confusing property can be when you live in a community property state such as California. When you decide to end your marriage or registered domestic partnership, you must determine who owns what and the value of those ownership interests.

How do I recognize emotional abuse?

As you know, every marriage has its challenges. However, yours seems to be more difficult than others. Not only is your marriage not the picture-perfect relationship in movies, it isn’t even the dysfunctional but loving marriage you see in most sitcoms. However, your spouse has never physically hurt you, so your marriage can’t be abusive, right? You and other Californians need to understand the signs of emotional and psychological abuse.

What's wrong with keeping my home in a divorce?

If you are like many people in California who are facing the end of your marriage, you may feel a strong urge to keep your family home. This can be very understandable, especially if you have children who still live at home. The desire to maintain stability for the kids and remain in a place where you have strong attachments is real but these are not always the facts upon which you should make this type of decision.

Yes, you can spend child support money on non-essentials

At the Law Offices of Diane J.N. Morin, we understand that divorced Californians often do not get along with their ex-spouses. In many cases, parenting is a difficult issue that can cause conflict, especially regarding money. As the parent who receives child support, you might face disapproval from your ex about how you spend it. You might even worry that the court can monitor your spending or step in and tell you what you can and cannot buy with your child support money.

Escaping from domestic violence requires planning

Many marriages are unhappy and end in divorce. However, at the Law Offices of Diane J.N. Morin, we understand that for some people in California and elsewhere, seeking an end to a miserable marriage can be dangerous. If you hope to get out of an abusive relationship, you will need to carefully plan your steps.

What types of things can our prenup cover?

If you and your beloved are a California couple looking forward to your upcoming marriage, this is one of the happiest and most exciting times in your life. Your world is beautiful and your future is full of promise. Both of you fully intend to live out the fairytale of happily ever after.

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