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FL-150 The Income and Expense Declaration


The income and expense declaration is one of the basic forms that people use in a California divorce or any family law case where financial matters, such as child and spousal support, are “at issue” (i.e., people are fighting over it).  Because support is, basically, the state’s mechanism for reallocating income between the parties, there…

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What are Unbundled Legal Services?


Unbundled legal services are a fancy label for a simple concept: buying legal services “a la carte.”  Instead of buying a whole meal, for example, maybe you just want to order a side dish, or the main course without all the sides.  Well, in a restaurant you would browse through the “a la carte” menu…

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Divorce and Equity


Equity is not just the difference between what your house is worth and how much you owe.  If you are involved in a divorce, then obviously that is a major concern for you.  You will have to find a way to equalize the marital balance sheet in the course of dividing the assets and debts…

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Divorce Financial Disclosure


The most important aspects in a divorce are the marital property settlement and support issues.  In order to arrive at a fair level of support and a fair division of marital property and debts, a divorce financial disclosure is needed by both sides.  In California the document is called a declaration of disclosure, and the…

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Furniture and Furnishings in a Divorce


Dividing furniture and furnishings in a divorce can be a very stressful experience.  It can be quite a shock when you find the junk that your spouse was nagging you to throw away for years listed on a schedule of assets and debts at a ridiculously high price.   Fighting over pots and pans may seem…

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Irvine Divorce Mediation


If you are contemplating a divorce, why not first go to one of the family law departments at the family law court in Orange, California?  There you will see parties who have been married to each other – some long term, some not – wage emotional and financial war on each other.  Then ask yourself…

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Mediation – The Affordable Legal Solution


I recently learned of a paternity case out of Los Angeles where the parties collectively spent well over $100,000 in attorneys fees before the child in question was even a year old. Shocked? I am. How much money are they going to spend on attorneys for the next seventeen years while the child is growing…

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Divorce Planning


A common question among people who are about to file for divorce is what to do ahead of time to prepare themselves for what lies ahead. Usually they are more concerned with the financial side rather than the emotional side of divorce. Aside from having a strong support network, supportive family members, and maybe a…

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Coparenting Your Children During Divorce and Afterwards


In a divorce, your world is changing. For your children, the world as they know it is ending. Their mother and father are now living separately and they are shuttled back and forth for visitation with each parent. Mom and Dad no longer talk, and if they do, it’s an argument, usually about the children….

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Can I ask for Child Support If It Was Not Ordered In My Judgment


If you have a divorce judgment that did not order child support for your children, you can still ask for support after your divorce so long as your children are still of an age eligible to receive support and, of course, depending on the relative timeshares and incomes of the parties. Just because your judgment…

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