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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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Filing for Bankruptcy in a California Divorce


If you are considering declaring bankruptcy during your California divorce, you really should consult an expert, preferably one in bankruptcy and one in family law. Filing for bankruptcy has a “ripple effect” in other courts in that there is an automatic stay of litigation until the bankruptcy case is adjudicated. This can have ramifications in…

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What is a 730 Evaluation?


Divorce attorneys in Orange County and family law practitioners throughout California use this jargon all the time. The number refers to California Evidence Code section 730, which has to do with the court’s appointing an expert to investigate and to make a report to the court concerning a complicated issue in a case. In a…

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California Divorce and Omitted Assets


A common question I get from people is what happens if we forget to list a community property asset? Well, assuming the asset was never listed on the declarations of disclosure and never found its way into the judgment, the court should have jurisdiction to divide the asset. Family code section 2556 gives the court…

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Dividing a Business in an Orange County California Divorce


How to divide a family business can be one of the most complex property issues in a California divorce.  The business represents not only the livelihood of one or both parties, but often is a significant asset of the marriage. Who Should Get the Business? Usually, the party who actually runs the business is awarded…

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Orange County California Prenuptial Agreements


With the high rate of divorce in California and other states, some people look for ways to deal with the unwelcome but highly likely possibility that their marriage will end in a divorce.  A prenuptial agreement is usually the legal vehicle of choice for most couples.  Through a premarital agreement, future spouses contract with each…

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Avoiding the High Cost of Divorce in Orange County


For many people, the shock of being served with divorce papers is followed by an even greater shock when they find out what it will cost them to hire a divorce lawyer.  The initial shock is generally followed by a lesser (or bigger) “after shock” each month when they get the bill. There are some…

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No Fault Divorce Orange County California


What is a no fault divorce?  Well, in some states, in order to get a divorce, you must allege some wrongdoing on the part of the person you are trying to divorce.  A common ground for divorce in a “fault” divorce state is adultry, and the person making the allegations must prove the grounds for…

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Fiduciary Duties During Divorce


Married people, just like business partners, are supposed to treat each other with the utmost of good faith and fair dealing. Just as a business person should not be engaged in self-dealing at the expense of his or her partner, a spouse should likewise not steal from the community or imprudently manage community assets. In…

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