Dividing the House in a California Divorce

If you and/or your spouse own a home, you’re probably wondering what will happen to the house in divorce. Good question! The answer, unfortunately, can be complicated depending on your unique situation.

Below are some common scenarios, each with their own steps and considerations. Be mindful that this is no … (Read More)

Is There Such a Thing as a Quick Divorce in California?

It’s safe to say that most people going through a dissolution (i.e., divorce) in California find the process to be long and arduous. Unfortunately for many, the process is a necessary evil – support rights must be reviewed and accounted for; property must be divided; debts must be assigned; and … (Read More)

Prenups: Fact or Fiction?

Premarital agreements, or prenups, have a bad rap. The word “prenup” brings to mind fears of abandonment, trickery, and paranoia. But a premarital agreement, in its simplest form, is essentially just a contract between prospective spouses fixing marital property rights and financial responsibilities upon consummation of their marriage. Another way … (Read More)

How Long Will My Divorce Take To Finalize?

So you’re getting a divorce and you’re wondering how long it will take? Well, be patient. It usually is never over as quickly as one would like.

Family Code section 2339 (a) provides that spouses cannot finalize their divorce until six months after, “the date of service of a copy … (Read More)

How To Terminate (Or Modify) Spousal Support

This article will attempt to explain, briefly, the components to a motion to terminate or modify a California spousal support (also known as ‘alimony’) order pursuant to a Divorce Judgment.

If you have an order to pay spousal support from a state other than California, stop. It is highly unlikely … (Read More)

Should I Ask For Divorce? The Homemaker’s Dilemma

Deciding to move forward with divorce is one of the hardest decisions one can make. This is especially true for the modern day homemaker. Today’s homemaker is Active. Not only do they handle matters affecting the home, activities outside the home are common and plentiful. Add into the mix a … (Read More)

Who Gets the Family Pets in a Divorce?

Can’t agree on who gets the family pet during your divorce? The courts are now poised to help. On September 27, 2018, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Assembly 2274, which adds section 2605 to the Family Code. Effective on January 1, 2019, the new law provides courts with direction … (Read More)

How To Request a Domestic Violence Restraining Order

This article will explain how to request a Domestic Violence Restraining Order (DVRO) in San Diego County.

What is a DVRO?

A DVRO is a court order that helps protect people who have been abused or threatened with abuse. Make sure you qualify before requesting one.

You and the person … (Read More)

Got Stress? Five Tips to Help Manage It

Stress, the silent killer. It’s a primary contributor to conditions such as heart disease and high blood pressure. Yet so many of us ignore the warning signs and simply accept stress as part of the process.

It doesn’t have to be that way. While stress can be incredibly useful in … (Read More)

Prepare Before Divorce Filing: Smart!

If I had a dollar for every time I was asked whether a person should file for divorce or not, I’d be vacationing in Hawaii right now. Even though I would never accept the dollar, I still cannot answer the question because it’s a very personal decision. Once you’ve decided … (Read More)