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Division of Assets in a Divorce: Why Consulting an Attorney is in Your Best Interests

  When you divorce, state law requires you and your partner to divide the marital assets in a manner that is reasonable and acceptable to both parties.  In the best case, both parties will cooperate and be fair about the division of assets.  In the worst case, one or both parties may contest particular assets, claim an asset is separate property, or hide assets. Whether you and your spouse have a contentious or amicable relationship,…
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Preparing for Life After Divorce

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  Divorce is one of the most stressful events in a person’s life.  Whether you wanted the marriage to end or not, you are most likely going to experience an entire gamut of emotions. The thought of ending ties with someone you thought you were going to spend your life with is something with which you must come to terms. Divorce Considerations with Children If you and your ex-partner have children, you may undergo an…
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Teen Nudity on Social Media: Parents, Talk to Your Children

  Marketing moguls know that sex sells.  Any teen who has access to the internet knows that nude celebrity images go viral and take center stage.  Nude, or almost nude, Instagram posts of Demi Lovato, Nicki Minaj, the Kardashians, and even males such as Justin Bieber and John Legend create an idea that nudity on social media is ok. When a teenager, who is highly influenced by peers and society more so than her parents,…
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Saving for your child’s education? 529 Plan Changes Beginning in 2018

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  Under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, moneys withdrawn from a 529 Plan in an amount up to $10,000.00 and paid towards a child’s annual tuition expenses at a private or religious elementary or secondary public school are excluded from gross income.  This only applies to tuition.  This also only applies at the federal level. California currently does not conform to the new federal laws with respect to 529 plans.  This means that if…
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How to Protect Separate Property in the Event of a Divorce

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  When you are in a state of bliss during a pending or current marriage, the last matter you may be contemplating is what might happen to your separate property in the event of a divorce. The best way to avoid any confusion regarding separate property is to be aware of the conditions surrounding separate property and to act prior to a potential divorce. Defining Separate Property Separate property can include cars, homes, boats or…
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