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What it Means When a Marriage is Irretrievably Broken

In a no-fault divorce state like California, you are not required to prove your spouse’s wrongdoing to obtain a divorce. Instead, you can cite irreconcilable differences as the reason for the split. But what does it mean for a marriage to be irretrievably broken in legal terms? Irretrievably broken means that the marriage has reached a point where it...

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Why Do I Have to Pay Child Support If I Share Custody?

In California, the best interests of the child are always paramount. The laws are set up to ensure that the child is financially, physically, and emotionally cared for by both parents. If you and your spouse have equal (50/50) custody of your child, you might assume that neither of you has to pay child support to the other. It...

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What Is a Bifurcated Divorce in California?

Divorce can often be a long, drawn-out, emotionally taxing process. Part of that also comes from still having to be married to the person you are trying to divorce. Another reason is that the spouses are trying to work through many issues related to property and child custody. While a California divorce takes a minimum of six months, many...

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An Overview of Collaborative Divorce in California

Not every divorce has to be messy and stressful. And not every divorce has to go through drawn-out court proceedings. California collaborative law has a process called “collaborative divorce.” Collaborative divorce allows the couple to work out the details of divorce together in a mutually respectful way. Pakpour Banks LLP can help you through this process to avoid stress,...

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Is California a 50/50 Divorce State?

If you’re getting a divorce in California, you probably want to know what is going to happen with your property and assets. Who gets what? And how much? This is one of the most stressful parts of a divorce. You want to be sure you get what you are entitled to and are treated fairly in the process.  To...

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What Estate Planning Documents Do You Need in California?

We spend the bulk of our lives working hard to earn money and accumulate items that make us happy. Estate planning is an important way to ensure that your wishes for those assets are honored if you die or are incapacitated. It is also a way to take care of your loved ones that survive you. There are a...

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How to File for Child Custody in California

Parents are often overwhelmed by the process of filing for child custody. On top of the emotional burden of divorce or separation, you’re also responsible for navigating a complex legal process to secure your parental rights. When it comes to custody proceedings, even small misunderstandings have serious consequences. Missed deadlines or incorrect documentation can drag out the process and...

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Statute of Limitations on Divorce Settlement in California

You have several rights under California law, but you don’t always have unlimited time to assert them. A deadline to assert a legal right is codified in the applicable statute of limitations, and a failure to initiate a case within this period could forever bar you from legal relief. Is there a statute of limitations on divorce settlement in...

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How to Prepare for a Divorce in California

You or your spouse might be ready to part ways, but how do you get ready for a divorce? Well, many divorces boil down to two matters—finances and child custody. If you want to litigate or settle these matters in a favorable way, you need to understand your needs, gather paperwork, and know your legal obligations for filing. There...

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Hidden Assets During a California Divorce

Going through a divorce can be a difficult and emotional experience, both financially and mentally. Things can get even more complicated if one spouse tries to hide or keep information about their assets from the other spouse. This can result in an uneven distribution of assets and a lack of trust and cooperation between the spouses. To protect your...

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