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Do you need a separation agreement?

If two spouses decide to part ways, bypassing a separation agreement may prove costly. Going right into divorce proceedings may do more harm than good at the onset of separation. A separation agreement is a legal document that sets out the terms by which a couple...

Who gets the family home in a divorce?

Part of divorce proceedings is the categorization and division of assets according to California law. Like all assets in a California divorce case, what happens to the house depends on whether it is marital or separate property? Is the house marital or separate...

How married couples can keep property separate

People never enter marriages intending them to end in divorce. In reality, though, not all unions survive. Divorce courts are responsible for separating assets between splitting partners. They consider everything to be marital property unless contradictory proof is...

What you need to know about parental alienation

A divorce can be difficult to deal with for many reasons. One of them is that it will impact a child's relationships with their parents. This situation can become even more difficult if one of the parents tries to cause alienation between their child and the other...

Who gets the family business in a divorce?

A California divorce involves many moving parts. If you and your spouse own a business together, you may need to take extra steps during asset division to divide its value accordingly. Your degree of entitlement when it comes to the family business, and that of your...

Ways to keep your separate property in a divorce

As a community property state, California considers a married couple one legal "community." The law views all assets and debts obtained by either person during the marriage as shared property. During a divorce, the courts typically divide this community property...