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The basic steps of the divorce process

In California, as in most all states, the steps for obtaining a divorce are generally the same. Once a divorce proceeding has been instituted, it moves through the process towards dissolving the marriage on a specific time table set by law. Once the process moves through the basic steps and all lawful requirements have been met, an order of dissolution is entered, and the marriage is dissolved.

Unlike a child, Fido's fate in divorce is a property issue

A traveler to California took a turn in Carmel recently. One of the things he noticed particularly was that there weren't a lot of children around. There didn't seem to be any shortage of proud couples. The focus of their attention, however, seemed to be their pets -- most of which were standard poodles. They seemed to be everywhere.

Collecting Child Support From Unauthorized Immigrants

In California, especially in the Bay Area and Central Valley, people hail from different lands and bear different immigration statuses. Considering we are a nation of immigrants, it is not uncommon to stumble upon an immigration issue in a family law case.

What To Do With a Retirement Plan In a Divorce?

Retirement benefits are often the largest of the various assets which must be divided in a dissolution process. And, not surprisingly, splitting them can be a highly complicated process. Retirement plans are not all created equal. There are many types, each with unique provisions, requirements, and fine print . Indeed, there are state pension plans, private pension plans and federal pension plans.

California spouses may wonder how divorce affects Social Security

With more couples in California choosing to end their marriage later in life, many may wonder how they will survive their retirement years in their newly single situation. No matter a person's age at divorce, the effect divorce can have on finances is often brutal. For older couples, a lifetime of planning for retirement years together may not leave enough if the household is divided. For some spouses, this is where understanding Social Security benefits can prove beneficial.

Dividing assets and debts in divorce? Rough split may be enough

California is a community property state. For many readers, that may be interpreted to mean that if a couple decides to divorce in the state, all the assets and debts they have accumulated during the marriage need to be equally split down the middle.

Lawyer: Biggest divorce settlement in history not a done deal yet

California has its fair share of billionaires. By Forbes' latest count the state ranks at the top in the U.S. with 111, thanks in large part to the technology sector. But it's the story of a Russian billionaire and what is being called the largest potential divorce settlement in history that attracts our attention this week.

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