What is the First STEP to File for Divorce?

What is the First STEP to File for Divorce?

  I'm Patricia Van Haren, family law attorney. What is the first step to filing for divorce?     Put together a timeline   Before you get started with filing for your divorce, put together a timeline of events. What was the date you got married?...

What is SUMMARY DISSOLUTION?

What is SUMMARY DISSOLUTION?

  I'm Patricia Van Haren, family law attorney. What is a summary dissolution, and is it the same thing as a divorce? A summary dissolution occurs when both parties file jointly together and agree on various aspects of their divorce process.    ...

What is an UNCONTESTED Divorce?

What is an UNCONTESTED Divorce?

  I'm Patricia Van Haren, family law attorney. What is an uncontested divorce in California?   An uncontested divorce is simply a divorce where the parties choose to use other tools rather than courts to come to an agreement in their divorce settlement....

What are the 4 TYPES of DIVORCE in California?

What are the 4 TYPES of DIVORCE in California?

  I'm Patricia Van Haren, family law attorney. What are the four types of divorce in California?   Because each marriage is different and each divorce is different, we want you to be able to explore your options for divorce. There is no one size fits all...

What Are GROUNDS for Divorce?

What Are GROUNDS for Divorce?

  I'm Patricia Van Haren, family law attorney. What are considered grounds for divorce in California?   California is a no-fault state, which means there is no need for fault to be determined in order for parties to get divorced. Therefore, the main grounds...

Should I Keep Track of TEXTS and EMAILS?

Should I Keep Track of TEXTS and EMAILS?

  I'm Patricia Van Haren, family law attorney. Should I keep track of texts and emails between me and my former spouse?     Texts and emails are evidence   The answer is usually going to be yes. You are going to want to establish evidence in your...

Separation ARGUMENTS or ABUSE?

Separation ARGUMENTS or ABUSE?

  I'm Patricia Van Haren, family law attorney. How do I know when arguments during the separation have escalated into abuse?     Checking for abuse   We've had many clients come into our office, and they've talked to us, and we always ask, "Is...

Is Spousal Support ALWAYS Included in a Divorce?

Is Spousal Support ALWAYS Included in a Divorce?

  I'm Patricia Van Haren, family law attorney. Is spousal support always included in a divorce?     Spousal support issues   Spousal support is not always paid in a divorce, but there is mention of spousal support in all divorce judgments. The parties...

Is my Divorce PUBLIC Knowledge?

Is my Divorce PUBLIC Knowledge?

  I'm Patricia Van Haren, family law attorney. Is a divorce public knowledge? Can other people find out about it?     A public record   Unfortunately, the answer to these questions is yes. A divorce is a public record, as in order to get divorced...

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