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March 2019 Archives

Review of legal separations in California

Residents of Orange County who may not want a divorce have other options available for protecting their rights when things are not going well with their spouses. One such alternative is what is called a "legal separation." In a legal separation, the two spouses will remain legally married. This means that neither spouse is free to validly remarry. On the other hand, it also means that spouses may continue to qualify for certain government and employment-related benefits via their ongoing legal relationship with each other.

Grey cohabitation is an emerging family law issue

Residents of California may have heard about how "grey" divorce, that is, a divorce between a couple who is either at or relatively close to retirement, is becoming more common. Interestingly, the number of couples over the age of 50 who choose to live together without getting married has also been on the rise within the last decade. While the number of cohabitating couples in the country has risen overall, by about 30 percent, the number of adults over the age of 50 who are cohabitating has spiked by about 75 percent, from 2.3 million in 2007 to 4 million in 2016.

Unreimbursed health care expenses

A previous post here discussed the process courts and parents in California should use with respect to unreimbursed medical expenses. Oftentimes, insurance does not pay for all of a child's medical needs, and one or both parents will be left paying some bills out of pocket.

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