Monthly Archives: May 2013
Legal Separation and Separation Agreements in California
In California, a legal separation is not the same as a separation agreement. What is a Legal Separation? A legal separation is an alternative to divorce. Some couples who choose this alternative do so as way to bring some closure … read more
Divorce, Prenups, and Community Property in California
In the absence of a prenup, California community property law provides that all community property (any property acquired during the marriage that is not a gift or an inheritance) is divided equally upon divorce. It usually doesn’t matter if the … read more
Should I Create a California Prenuptial Agreement?
The benefits and limitations of prenuptial agreements before a marriage in California. Don’t prenups indicate a lack of trust? Even though one in ten couples enter into some kind of prenuptial or premarital agreement (“prenups”), many fiancés remain reluctant to … read more
In California, How is Spousal Support Calculated?
How Much Will I Pay? Under California law the purpose of temporary spousal support is to preserve the financial status quo to the greatest extent possible. A court may order temporary spousal support in any amount after considering the needs … read more
What is the Duration of Spousal Support in California?
How many years did the marriage last? In California, duration of spousal support is often tied to the length of the marriage. After a marriage of less than 10 years, a court will not usually order support for longer than … read more
Parentage and Paternity
In parentage cases, also called “paternity cases,” the court makes orders that say who the child’s legal parents are. If parents are married when a child is born, there is usually no question about parentage. The law assumes that the … read more
Why a Child’s Parentage Should Be Established
Establishing parentage is very important for a child. First, the child gets the emotional benefit of knowing who both of his or her parents are. And, legally, it entitles the child to the same rights and privileges as those of … read more
Understanding Domestic Violence
A romantic relationship can end for a variety of reasons. A couple may no longer find themselves attracted to one another. They may relocate to different areas and have difficulty carrying on a long-distance relationship. Or, the relationship may end … read more
State of Jurisdiction
What happens when parents and children live in different states, either before a divorce action is started or after the divorce is finalized? Many wonder what state would have jurisdiction over the children and any post judgement matters. Quite often, … read more