A premarital or prenuptial agreement is a contract entered into by persons intending to marry which typically include provisions for division of property and spousal support in case of divorce in a manner that may be different from what the state laws authorize. In California for instance, in the absence of such premarital agreements, the…

When you retain a lawyer or a law firm to handle your divorce case, you will typically be offered a package deal, a bundle of legal services that will include everything you need from start to finish of the process. Typically too, you will be billed based on the hourly rates of the full-service attorneys…

Mediation is a non-adversarial tool for resolving issues in a divorce case. It involves using a neutral third party, the mediator, who will facilitate communication between the divorcing spouses until they arrive at solutions that are mutually acceptable. Its goal is to come up with a genuinely consensual Marital Settlement Agreement that both parties can…

A typical divorce process in California starts with one spouse (referred to as the Petitioner) filing for divorce in court. The Petitioner fills out the appropriate forms and then has them served upon the other spouse (referred to as the Respondent) who is given 30 days to fill out and file their response forms with…

Much can be said about the many benefits of choosing a local attorney over an out of town lawyer to help you with your divorce. For one, a local attorney should already be fairly acquainted with the Family Law judges in your county, their individual personal courtroom styles, and on how they have decided or…

Spousal support can be “temporary” or “permanent.” Temporary spousal support, or “alimony pendente lite,” can be ordered by the judge after a couple has separated but the divorce has not yet been finalized within the judicial system. Since divorce proceedings can take years to complete, temporary spousal support may be deemed needed so as to…

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