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How Is A Military Divorce Different From A Civilian Divorce In California?

At first thought, someone might think that divorce is divorce and that something like military status wouldn’t affect the process. However, in California, a military divorce has many unique aspects to it that differentiate it from a divorce among civilians. Understanding these differences can protect both parties and help your process of divorce be a… Read more>>

What Are the Benefits to ADR (Alternative Dispute Resolution) Over Traditional Divorce?

Now that you have made a decision to proceed with separation, it is time to choose the process to do so. There is more than one option to obtain your desired outcome that does not involve the time and expense of extensive litigation. Proceeding to court can be expensive, emotionally difficult and will ultimately lengthen… Read more>>

What Happens If I File for a Nullity of Marriage Under CA Law, and the Annulment Is Denied?

Most marriages begin with an idea that there will be a happily-ever-after. However, if the reality is that your marriage did not begin with both parties being honest, you will want to distance yourself from your partner as soon as possible. There are three ways to end a marriage, namely, divorce, legal separation and nullity. … Read more>>

Who Pays the Debts in a California Divorce?

Meet the Mitchells When Andrew and Sallie said, “I do,” they did not have plans to ever say, “I don’t.” Unfortunately, life often gets in the way of love. Fifteen years, two kids, three failed businesses and plenty of debt later, Andrew and Sallie were looking at separation options before them. Unfortunately, there were a… Read more>>

Should I Separate Instead of Divorcing?

Some might say getting married is simple. Buy a ring (or not), propose, pick up your marriage license, and grab a licensed minister or judge to facilitate the ceremony. The whole thing can be done within an hour and you’re well on your way to a beautiful honeymoon in Honolulu. It’s no secret that for… Read more>>

Seal Beach Guide to Divorce

Jared and Ally never thought divorce was in their future, but after years of nightly arguments, accusations of infidelity, and irreconcilable differences, a separation was imminent; however, as the two moved forward with their decision to divorce, they quickly realized there were several options available to them. Decisions had to be made. Divorce Explained A divorce… Read more>>

California Guide to Annulment

Grounds for an Annulment In California, there are specific circumstances that would lead to a marriage being void, or annulled. The filing must have burden of proof to one of the below listed reasons for a marriage to be annulled.  Contact Ann with any questions. Incest: The couple is related by blood. Bigamy: This is when… Read more>>

Facts about Alimony in California

Seal Beach Family Law Attorney When creating a life together as a married couple, it is common for one spouse to earn more in his or her employment while the other may have a lower paying job or even stay at home raising the children. When a marriage ends, it may affect the spouse who made… Read more>>

Divorcing with Children with Disabilities

Seal Beach Divorce Attorney Divorce can be a perilous road met with unexpected twists, turns, and plenty of questions. What will happen with our joint finances? Where will each party live? What about estate or property we purchased together? While each of these questions is likely to raise concern, quite often the biggest of all… Read more>>

DHS Took My Child During My Ex’s Week due to a Neighbor Complaint

DHS took my child away during my ex’s week because neighbors complained about abuse and neglect. Formal intervention by California Department of Human Services (DHS) into child custody is virtually always disconcerting to everyone involved. However, it is vitally important to keep a level head to minimize emotional trauma to your minor child. Your first… Read more>>


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