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Dividing Retirement Plans at Divorce For couples going through the divorce process, the division of the parties’ retirement plan/s is a task that requires careful consideration. This division in the legal divorce process is more complicated than the family law process of dividing other assets...

The parent-child relationship is one of the most important, life-changing bonds you’ll ever have. Making wise decisions regarding parenting is critical for you and your children. Collaborative co-parenting is something parents will benefit from learning – to parent together even when the...

A Timely Divorce Even the decision of when to proceed with the divorce will create very different choices and outcomes. When a couple can communicate well enough at the time of breakup to make decisions together respectfully and cooperatively, they are in the best frame of mind to proceed....

Psychological studies rate divorce as one of life’s highest stressors along with death of a loved one or a critical illness.  But these studies fail to tell you how to make it different.   Divorce has the unique quality of allowing you to make some choices—unlike death, which is final and...

Legal separation is an alternative to divorce for couples not wanting an official ending of the marriage for any multitude of reasons. Legal separation has the same grounds for divorce (irreconcilable differences or insanity). The separation is actually a legal agreement outlining the...

The holidays can be stressful for anyone but if you are a parent going through the divorce process or have recently divorced, this is a particularly challenging time of the year. Here are some tips to help divorcing parents of young children survive and thrive this festive season: Plan ahead! ...

In order to change your name after getting a divorce in California, you will need to take the following steps: 1. Complete an, “Ex-parte Application for Restoration of Former Name After Entry of Judgment and Order.  FL-395. Indicate the case number, the date that the judgment of dissolution...

In the School of Life, a relationship breakup can be one of our greatest teachers. You may find that the decision to end your relationship is more difficult than the decision to start one. Why? When you begin a relationship, you likely are filled with positive feelings about your future...

Two common questions people ask when thinking about getting a divorce are:  if we choose divorce mediation, how long will it take and how much will it cost? How Long Will It Take? The length of mediation is largely dependent on the complexity of the issues involved and the degree to which both...

Forgiving your former spouse or yourself may seem impossible, but it's not. Forgiveness is actually something you do for yourself and your children. Divorce and mediation can be difficult processes to endure. The ability to forgive will lighten the emotional burden you are carrying and make it...

When a couple divorces, the court looks at the best way to divide both party's debts as well as their assets. Just as there are community and individual assets, there can be community and individual (separate) debts. For example, if one spouse takes out a student loan to pay for their school during...

Local residents may have seen this recent Bee article about how budget cuts are affecting service at family law courts. Bottom line: with court staff downsizing, the general public can expect to wait in even longer lines and experience greater delays when filing documents with the court. There...

Continuing with the theme of our previous post, Designing a Workable Parent Plan, today's post talks about the impact of divorce upon children at different stages in their development and how that can affect your parent plan. What you need to cover in a plan for a young child is different from what...

The mediator works with both parties to help them understand the law, reach agreeable solutions and develop a complete marital settlement agreement.  Mediation emphasizes the identifying of issues and settling of disputes, rather than finding fault or blame. The goal of the process is for the...

Divorce Mediation is a process where you and your spouse work together with an attorney-mediator who has been specially trained in divorce law.  The mediator helps divorcing couples resolve conflict and reach agreements.  Mediation is an effective and affordable alternative to litigation.  A...