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Recent Posts in Divorce Category

12.08.2016
Potential Mistakes to Look Out For in a High Net Worth Divorce

The divorce process can be incredibly stressful and draining experience, both emotionally and financially, for everyone involved. In high net worth divorces, that second part can become even more stressful as both you and your soon to be ex-spouse ...

08.19.2016
The Benefits of Pursuing Mediated Divorce

Whether or not you were the one to decide to pursue a divorce doesn’t mean that the process needs to become even more difficult by taking it to court. Fortunately, there are options other than taking your case to court. One of the most common ...

07.22.2016
Automatically Revoking Your Spouse's Beneficiary Designation

Before you and your spouse begin the process of legally separating, it’s important to note that automatically revoking your spouse’s designation as your beneficiary may violate the spousal death benefit rules in your retirement plan. ...

07.05.2016
Dealing with Non-Compliance in Divorce Cases

During the divorce process, there are certain steps that need to be taken before the divorce can be finalized, and the couple are no longer considered spouses. At the end of it all, the couples will have a finalized divorce agreement by which they ...

06.15.2016
How Long Should a Divorce Take?

In a dream world, couples who want to divorce would be able to do so seamlessly in no time at all. After all, they believe that their marriage is irretrievably broken, so why prolong the situation? Unfortunately, divorce is much more complicated than ...

05.31.2016
Changing Your Divorce Attorney

When you are going through a divorce, you need to make sure that you have a good working relationship with your attorney. This should be based on trust that the attorney is doing all that he or she can to help you reach a favorable resolution. ...

05.16.2016
What Is a Summary Dissolution of Marriage in California?

When individuals think of the word “ divorce,” they may think of the long process that plenty of people endure. While it is true that a lot of people go through the contentious divorce process, not everyone understands that there are ...

05.13.2016
Marital Debt: Financed Vehicles and Divorce

When a couple divorces, not only is the marital property divided, but the debts are also divided. One of the most interesting topics that comes up and can impact a divorce is when the couple has financed vehicles. How are these situations handled? If ...

04.29.2016
How a Vocational Expert Can Help the Divorce Process

Divorce can be an overwhelming process and if your ex is unwilling to cooperate, it can be equally difficult. In many circumstances, one spouse will decide to stay at home to care for the family, while the other goes to work to support the family ...

04.22.2016
Separate Property: How to Keep What's Yours in a California Divorce

Because California is a community property state, it can be difficult to decipher how to divide and distribute property. Separate property, in particular, becomes complicated to track because couples may share assets during their marriage. Spouses ...

04.15.2016
Divorcing After a Long Marriage: What You Need to Know

New research shows that more individuals are obtaining divorces after a long marriage. Given the longer lifespans and more opportunities for women, marriage is not what it was 50 years ago. However, if you do decide to divorce your spouse of 15, 20, ...

03.04.2016
Top 5 Factors the Judge Considers When Determining Alimony

Alimony is an aspect of divorce not many like thinking about. Also known as spousal support, it is money one spouse pays to the other for a certain period, to help the other continue with the standard of life they are used to. Individuals pay alimony ...

02.26.2016
Directions to San Bernardino Family Court

Going to trial can be nerve-racking and intimidating. If you are going through a divorce or need to settle family law matters, your thoughts are preoccupied on a number of things. You are probably thinking about what your ex and their attorney will ...

02.04.2016
How to Divide Debt in a California Divorce

Deciding to obtain a divorce can be hard enough, but it can be even more complicated when finances come into the equation. People are usually concerned with how they will divide their property and assets; they forget to take into account debt. ...

01.22.2016
Shifts and Redefinition of What It Means to be a Family

When one thinks of a family, the image of a mother, father, and child usually comes to mind. Sometimes, there may or may not be a dog in the picture. This is the general structure of a nuclear family that has been popular for years. However, with a ...

12.28.2015
Happy Holidays from Matthew Sheasby, Attorney at Law

From our family here at James D. Madden & Aruna P. Rodrigo, Family Law Attorneys to yours, we would like to wish you a very happy holiday! We are honored to have served you or to potentially help you in the future. We understand that when it comes to ...

12.23.2015
Navigating Your Local Court

You may have had to go to court for jury duty and thought nothing of it. However, when you go to court for your own personal reasons, it can be overwhelming and intimidating. You may wonder, where do I even begin? How do I know which court I need to ...

12.11.2015
California Woman Not Allowed to Keep Frozen Embryos After Divorce

San Francisco Superior Court Judge Anne-Christine Massullo has denied California woman, Mimi Lee, the right to keep frozen embryos after her divorce from husband. California woman Mimi Lee and her ex-husband Stephen Findley decided to cryogenically ...

12.02.2015
8 Signs That Can Indicate Your Spouse Wants a Divorce

You may have promised to stay with your spouse until death do you part, but lately you may feel like things are not the way they once were. Sadly, this occurs all too often in a marriage. People change, as do marriages. Sometimes, individuals no ...

11.25.2015
Who Keeps the Rings After Divorce?

Often, the engagement and wedding rings symbolize the union between two individuals. They come to signify the promise a couple makes to love, honor, and support one another. However, they complicate matters when a marriage ends and a divorce is ...

11.20.2015
What You Need to Know About Gray Divorces

Twenty years ago, it was common for couples to stay together for more than three decades. Despite difficulties and hardships, many married couples remained together. Whether it was because of religious upbringing, social stigmas, or practicality, the ...

11.10.2015
How to Divide Retirement Accounts in a California Divorce

You can never predict when a marriage might end. It can happen after a year, after 50, or hopefully, it may never happen! When you enter into a marriage, you go into it with the expectation of sharing your life with your spouse. You two build your ...

10.29.2015
How California Divorce Differs from London

With the growth of international travel and trade, it is not uncommon for individuals to spend a majority of their time split between two countries. In fact, trends show that more people are spending their time between California and London than they ...

10.19.2015
What is Marital Property?

When you marry someone, you pledge to build a life together. Establishing a future together usually includes sharing a home, bank account, and purchasing property. During a marriage, it is great to accumulate these things. However, when you decide to ...

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