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When to consider a legal separation before divorce

For many people who are in an unhappy marriage, the prospect of divorce may seem to be the only option. When emotions often run high during these unhappy times, it is not uncommon for a spouse or both spouses to let their emotions get the best of them; this can lead to words exchanged and things done that are not in anyone's best interest.

How is spousal support determined?

It is not uncommon for married couples to split up family responsibilities. This often means that one spouse earns money for the family while the other spouse stays home to take care of the house and children. While this arrangement may suit both sides well and will help maintain a happy and healthy relationship in many cases, when a marriage turns south and a divorce is on the horizon, this could make life after a divorce especially difficult for the non-working spouse.

Understanding your commitment with adoption

One of the most enduring decisions a California married couple could make is the decision to adopt a child. While such a decision is indeed admirable, and one that will certainly help the life of a child who will receive a loving household, it is still important to understand that the commitment to adopt a child is not one that should be taken lightly.

Supreme Court rules on military divorce benefits

One of the most complex family law matters is dividing assets in a military divorce, which falls under Federal and California law. The Supreme Court ruled this month that states cannot raise a former spouse's retirement pay to compensate for losing benefits caused by waving disability payments.

Adoption in California

Much of the practice of family law is adversarial by nature. Even in an amicable divorce, the two parties have competing interests. When not handled well, child custody and child support disputes can lead to wounded pride and lingering resentments.

How is property divided in California when a couple divorces?

Couples in California who decide to end their marriage can often work out many legal issues between themselves through out-of-court negotiations. One of these legal issues is property division. However, in California, even if a couple has already agreed on how to separate their property, until the final divorce decree is issued, any community property owned by the couple still belongs to both of them, and legally will not be considered separate.

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