28 January 2013 0 Comments

Does my spouse need to sign the divorce papers?

Share I have been asked many times if a person can still obtain a divorce if their spouse refuses to sign the divorce papers.  The answer is yes.  Because California is a no-fault state, you do not need your spouse’s signature in order to obtain a divorce. However, you may need your spouse’s signature if […]

25 November 2011 0 Comments

Types of child custody

ShareChild custody is the most critical issue when dealing with divorce.  The outcome is determined by what is in the best interest of the child regarding primary residence and visitation with the non-primary custodial parent. There are different types of custody that can be awarded, but California law encourages judges to award Joint Legal Custody […]

22 November 2011 0 Comments

Demi Moore files for divorce

ShareHow many of you have been following the activities of Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore?  If you have, you know that they are heading for divorce court.  Moore has made the announcement; she is ending her 6-year marriage to Kutcher. The 49-year old Moore and 33-year old Kutcher were married in September 2005.  Their relationship […]

4 November 2011 0 Comments

What is the waiting period for divorce?

ShareA California divorce takes a minimum of six months.  This six-month period is known as the ‘waiting period’. Once the papers are filed and served, the six-month ‘waiting period’ begins.  It gives you and your spouse a chance to change your mind about going through with the divorce; it allows you the chance to reconcile […]

25 August 2011 0 Comments

California marriage licenses

Share Did you know that there are two types of marriage licenses issued in the State of California? ·         Public marriage license o   Must be at least 18 years old o   Under 18 requires written consent from at least one parent or legal guardian o   Permission from a California Superior Court Judge o   Obtained in […]

31 July 2011 0 Comments

What is conservatorship?

ShareIn the State of California, a conservator is a person who takes legal control of another person’s financial decisions when the court rules that the person is unable to make their own decisions. Examples include: ·    when an elderly loved one can no longer mentally or physically take care of him or herself –      and […]

16 July 2011 0 Comments

California Marriage and Divorce Facts

ShareFor those of you in a marriage or going through a divorce, check this out. Did you know that California’s first divorce law was established in 1851?  It contained reasons for divorce other than irreconcilable differences.  They included adultery, impotence, extreme cruelty, fraud, desertion or neglect and conviction for a felony. During the period of […]

10 July 2011 0 Comments

Family Medical Leave Act program

ShareThere are times when a worker needs to take time off from his or her job – to care for a loved one or a new child – whether a newborn or newly adopted child.  In 2002, California became the first state to create a paid family leave program. This Family Medical Leave Act program […]

15 June 2011 0 Comments

Couples honored for marriage

ShareThought it was time for a little good news.  Not every couple in California divorces.  Recently, a celebration was held in a senior community for 18 couples celebrating 65 years or more of marriage to each other.  Out of the 18 couples, four had been married for 69 years and two for 68. One of […]

10 June 2011 0 Comments

Divorce and taxes

ShareWith divorce come significant tax consequences.  In California, a community property state, all assets are divided up – without any federal income or gift tax consequences. However, when an asset falls under the tax-free transfer rule, the individual who has that particular asset also takes over its existing tax basis for gain or loss purposes […]