The new year brought a lot of changes for divorcing couples in 2019, especially here in California. Not only were major changes made to the tax code concerning spousal support payments, residents across the state of California welcomed Assembly Bill 2274. This bill finally gave judges in our state clear direction when it came to helping divorcing pet owners answer the all-important question: Who … [Read more...] about Taking a ‘Paws’: Issues to Consider with Pet Custody
Not all divorces need to be long, drawn-out litigious experiences, with both parties fighting it out in court over assets and time with the children. Rather, more and more spouses are turning to collaborative divorce as a way to come to agreements on everything from property division to child custody. In the most basic of terms, with collaborative divorce, each spouse retains his or her own … [Read more...] about 5 Things To Know About Collaborative Divorce In California
If your marriage is ending and you’re splitting on bad terms, you may be worried that your ex will become spiteful or resentful and act on these actions. This isn’t uncommon in bitter contested divorce; but what is a problem, is if that resentment results in anger-driven decisions to hurt you, specifically in a financial way. Consider for a moment your bank accounts and the fact that during … [Read more...] about Marital Waste: When Spending is More Than Just a Shopping Spree
Marital happiness lasts for approximately seven years before the average spouse begins to get restless and stray from their vows of faithfulness – or so says the theory of “The 7-Year Itch.” It probably isn’t a good idea to put significant stock in a theory popularized by a movie starring Marilyn Monroe, but the concept is not complete fiction. The underlying truth of this theory is that marriage … [Read more...] about Fact or Fiction?: 10-year Marriage Guarantees Alimony (spousal support in California) for life
You may want to think twice before you use a smart phone as a recording device during a divorce. In today’s world we are surrounded by smart phones and tablets with advanced recording capabilities. This makes it easier than ever to record conversations without anyone noticing. But you might want to think twice before you hit record, because in California recording another party without their … [Read more...] about Recording Devices and Divorce: Why you might want to put down the phone
Dividing property incident to divorce is not just putting your assets into one pile for each spouse. You also must divide the debt that the community has accumulated during the course of your marriage. In California, community property includes all assets and liabilities incurred from the date you married until the date you separated other than separate property that was given by gift … [Read more...] about Dealing with Debt during Divorce
Making the life changing decision to divorce is often overwhelming. There are many things to consider, such as how the children will be affected and how you will restructure your family moving forward. Making the decision on how to accomplish your divorce can be as important as the decision to divorce itself. Collaborative divorce can help couples move more quickly through the divorce … [Read more...] about What are 3 Collaborative Divorce Myths?