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October 2018 Archives

Divorcing couples should avoid making these financial mistakes

If you have made the difficult decision to divorce your spouse, it is important that you protect yourself by making smart financial decisions. As you go through the divorce process, it may be beneficial for you to consult an attorney who can advise you based on your specific circumstances.

How do my fiancé and I go about signing a prenup?

Pre-nuptial agreements are often a hot topic of contention among soon-to-be married couples in California. Some people say that prenups serve as a back-up plan in case the marriage doesn't work out. Others feel that signing a prenup implies that you are thinking about divorce even before you get married, and worry that the process of negotiating the agreement may cause too much stress for the couple to overcome.

Do you need a divorce attorney?

A divorce is a personal matter, and you may want to do whatever it takes to keep your situation private. This may include handling the process on your own and involving as few people as possible.

Managing parental relocation post-divorce

You and your spouse have finalized your divorce and the custody agreement has been signed on the dotted line. Now, one of you has decided to move. What happens next? For many former couples, parental relocation can be one of the most difficult parts of life after divorce, particularly if your ex wants to take your kids with them. A Redwood City divorce lawyer can review your situation and advise you on how to make the relocation process easier.

Alimony: how much will you have to pay?

Many California residents understand the purpose of child support after a divorce, as it is needed to make sure a child continues to have a stable life post-divorce. However, alimony is a much harder pill to swallow, as it is often used to help support adults who can seemingly take care of themselves. In reality, many divorced men and women truly need alimony to stay afloat financially in the months and years following their divorce.

Law gives judges more discretion to deal with pet custody issues

Every divorcing couple is different, which means the most contentious issue during marriage dissolution can vary by case. Sometimes the most fought over issue of a divorce isn't dividing up the furniture or deciding who gets the family home, but rather, deciding who gets the pet. Many people consider their pets to be part of the family, but family courts have often treated pets like any other piece of property during divorce proceedings. However, a new law in California will give judges much more discretion when deciding who your pet should live with post-divorce.