Social Evaluation & Custody

What is a Social Evaluation and How is it Used to Determine Custody? If the court is making decisions that will impact your children, it’s scary - no matter the situation. However, if you’re getting divorced and you and your former spouse can’t agree on how you’ll share parental responsibility, the court will step in. Before deciding on a custody arrangement, the court may need more facts...

California Divorce Statistics

How Do California Divorce Statistics Compared to the Rest of the Country? Though getting divorced might eventually bring a sense of relief, it certainly isn’t fun, and it typically isn’t easy. Fortunately, one of the benefits of getting divorced in the United States is that you’re far from alone. In fact, the United States has the third-highest divorce rate in the world, according to...

How are Your Child Support Payments Determined in California?

Child support can be a contentious subject for any separating couple. To make matters even worse, calculating child support in California isn’t easy. In fact, the formula the courts use to determine a parent’s monthly payment is so complex that the state requires a computer program to complete it. If you think there’s been an error in your or your ex partner’s child support calculation,...

What Can You Expect in a Contested Dissolution?

No matter how hard you try, it's not always possible to come to an agreement with your spouse regarding the terms of your dissolution or divorce. If you're in this situation, you'll likely be facing a contested dissolution - a dissolution in which both parties go to court and the judge makes the final decision regarding child support, spousal support, and the division of assets. A contested...

Marriage Dissolution and Legal Separation – Which is Right for You?

Both dissolution (or divorce) and legal separation are court-recognized statuses that indicate you are no longer living with your spouse. The biggest difference between the two is your legal marriage status. If you choose dissolution, your marriage is legally ended. If you choose a separation, however, you remain legally married. Role of the Courts In both dissolution and a legal separation, the...

How Does Divorce Affect Your 401k and Pension Earnings?

In general, if you're getting divorced, you will have to split your 401k and pension with your former spouse, unless you and your spouse agree to a different arrangement. However, because the value of these assets may change, determining exactly how to divide them can be challenging. Most couples choose to divide 401k and pension benefits by either trading something of value or splitting the...

What Should You Know About the Difference Between Legal and Physical Child Custody?

While divorce always affects children, there are steps you can take to reduce the impact. Understanding different types of custody and their implications for your family is the first step to making good decisions for your children during and after divorce. Physical Custody In most cases, judges award joint physical custody, so children spend time living with both parents. The custody timeshare...

Effective, Efficient and Quality Representation are the Keys to Successful Divorce

How do You Find the Right Divorce Lawyer? Finding the right attorney to represent you in something as personal as a divorce can be overwhelming. All across the internet, experts suggest interviewing a few attorneys to find the right fit for you, but what do you actually look for? Well, here are a few important factors for consideration and questions to ask. Are Their Methods Effective? Effective...

When Faced with Divorce, Should You Choose Litigation or Mediation?

Because divorce is never easy, most couples are in a hurry to finalize and move on. However, couples need to ensure they are making good decisions that will help them later on in life. One of the first and most important decisions that divorcing couples must make is whether to finalize the divorce through litigation or mediation. While both processes are legal methods by which to end a marriage,...