7 July By Webmaster | mendasweed

Realistic Expectations of the Time Frame of the Court

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  Per California law, the time-period between filing for a divorce and finalizing it can be no less than six months and one day. Divorcing couples are often surprised to learn that due to a full and complex court system, divorces can take several months or years longer than expected to finalize. Setting realistic expectations about how long your divorce will take to process is important to putting yourself on the road to recovery and…
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7 July By Webmaster | mendasweed

How to Survive Holiday Custody Schedule Planning & Keeping Your Children’s Best Interest at Heart

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  The holidays are a very difficult time for many, especially if you are going through or have recenly gone through a divorce. Meal planning, holiday festivities, and visits from family and friends add to the challenges of everyday life. Reduce the stress on you, your child/ children, and your relationship with your partner during this time of year by creating a clear and specific custody arrangement. A lawyer who specializes in child custody arrangements…
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7 July By Webmaster | mendasweed

Considering a Modification in Custody? Be Realistic about Your Expectations and the Needs of Your Child or Children

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  Modifications to a custody agreement make sense as the ages and needs of your children change. What might have been appropriate for a child at 2 may no longer make sense now that the child is a teenager. Likewise, changes to a parent’s job or living situation may also create the need to modify your custody agreement. Courts take modifications seriously.  If you want to be successful in making modifications to your current child…
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7 July By Webmaster | mendasweed

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

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  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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7 July By Webmaster | mendasweed

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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27 June By Webmaster | mendasweed

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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21 June By Webmaster | mendasweed

Getting divorced and expect to pay spousal support? You have until June 29, 2018 to do this.

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  Under the new Tax Law, alimony, or spousal support, is not deductible for tax purposes by the payor for divorce decrees entered after December 31, 2018. In California, there is a statutory six-month waiting period to finalize your divorce from the time your spouse is served with the divorce pleadings. IMPORTANT: Accordingly, next week, specifically June 29, 2018 at the very latest, is the last possible day to serve divorce papers on your spouse…
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4 June By Webmaster | mendasweed

Is a Private Judge the Way to Go?

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  A question which is often not considered in divorce cases is whether you should continue to have the public family court system preside over your case, or if your case is better suited for a private judge. Private Judges are often used in high asset dissolution cases; however, this is only the only case when a private judge is used.  Below are some things which are worth considering in determining whether a private judge…
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4 June By Webmaster | mendasweed

Got a lot of assets? Here are 3 things to consider for a High Asset Divorce.

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  Regardless of your opinions about divorce, the common consensus is that a divorce is expensive.  The cost of a divorce can be increased for a community estate which has high income earner(s), and/or significant assets. At times in high asset cases, some or much of a spouse’s wealth was acquired before the marriage.  It is not uncommon for the disposition of these assets to be controlled by a premarital agreement, or pre-nup as it…
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29 May By Webmaster | mendasweed

Spousal Support Considerations After the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act – Does California Conform?

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  As you likely already know, after the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), alimony will not be deductible for the payor spouse, or reportable as income to the payee spouse, for divorce decrees entered after 2018. But what about California, do these new rules still apply? California does not conform to the new laws, and it will still allow a deduction for spousal support payments, and require a payee spouse to report the spousal…
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