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

Alternative Dispute Resolution Alternative Dispute Resolution or ADR has some potential benefits for you depending on the unique situations of your case. 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… 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 annulment. … 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?

Should you 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… 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. They needed a guide… Read more>>

California Guide to Annulment

Annulment in California: Grounds There are specific circumstances that would lead to an annulment in California. 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 one of the spouses was… Read more>>

Facts about Alimony in California

Alimony in California 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 sacrifices to… Read more>>

Am I Allowed to Argue a Property Division Balance Sheet?

Can I argue a property division balance sheet? The short answer to this question concerning marital property laws in California is yes. But, the establishment of what is or what is not community property in California can be a complicated issue. That is why it is imperative to have an experienced and aggressive divorce lawyer… Read more>>

What Are The Steps We Need To Take To Make Equalization Payments On The Ordered Sale Of Our House?

Going through a divorce is a very trying time for just about anyone who might be involved. The issue with many people going through a divorce is the fact that they need to make the right equalization payments to ensure that both parties are leaving the marriage with equal parts of earnings. When a divorce… Read more>>

My Ex Is Receiving Spousal Support From Me, But Was Physically Abusive During Our Marriage. How Can I Prove That I Was Abused?

According to recent statistics, half of all marriages will likely end in divorce. When divorce is the end result of a relationship, many times the reason is because one of the spouses was physically abusive to the other. In some situations, what seems most unfair is the physically abusive spouse can wind up receiving spousal… Read more>>


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