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Fault does not have to play a role in a California divorce

For earlier generations, divorce was considered a taboo subject and did not occur with the frequency that it now happens in California courts. As times have changed so too have many American divorce laws, and whereas once individuals who wanted divorces had to allege fault against their spouses, now many jurisdictions have done away with that requirement and allow marriages to end without evidence of serious misconduct or harm.

Navigating a divorce with or without a premarital document

Much like a tremendous amount of thought goes into getting married, thoughtful and careful consideration goes into ending a marriage. While no couple in California or elsewhere gets married with the intention of getting divorced, the reality is that roughly half of all marriages end in divorce. Because of that, getting married also means considering the possibility of divorce.

Can you afford your high-asset divorce? Divorce funding can help.

Just because you are in the high-income tax bracket doesn't mean you are a high-income earner. In many high-asset cases, one partner is typically considered the breadwinner while the other has a lower paying job or no job at all - usually because they have decided to stay home and take care of the children. As you can imagine, this distinction is incredibly important when divorce rears its ugly head.

How a collaborative divorce could help you through divorce

As a previous post discussed, there is more than one way to complete the divorce process. The method a couple chooses is based on the needs and various factors involved in their union. In a hostile and complex divorce, it is unlikely that these alternative methods will fully resolve and finalize the divorce process. However, collaboration could be rather effective during dissolution.

Is litigation, mediation or collaboration right for your divorce?

Whether you are reluctant or onboard with ending a marriage, the divorce process cannot be initiated or even completed without a method for spouses to dissolve their union. While many couples in California and elsewhere are likely to embark in the process through litigation, it is important that spouses understand there are other methods to obtain a divorce. Whether it is to save money, make the process go quicker or reduce the negative effects of the process, it is important to understand that litigation is not the only way to end a marriage.

Appeals court reinstates actor Terrence Howard's divorce judgment

One of the common responses to an attempt to enforce a marital dissolution agreement in California is the claim that the agreement was signed under duress, that is, that the ex-spouse seeking to enforce the agreement used some form of coercion to compel the other ex-spouse to sign the agreement. A recent decision by the California District Court of Appeals rejected this argument when it was used by actor Terrence Howard in an attempt to prevent his ex-wife from obtaining a share of his earnings from the hit television series "Empire."

Marriage annulment in California

In the eyes of most Californians, divorce is the only way of terminating a marriage. For some couples, however, a second method exists for ending a marriage -- an annulment. Annulment is very different from a divorce because an annulled marriage is declared to be a nullity (as if it never happened) and the grounds for an annulment are carefully delineated by statute. Also, the legal consequences of an annulment may be very different from a divorce.

Enforcing divorce settlements in California

Most divorce settlements in California end with the entry of an order by the court that embodies the terms of the settlement agreement and converts the agreement of the parties to a lawful judgment of the court. A question commonly asked by parties to a divorce settlement agreement is what happens if the other party breaches the agreement. The answer depends upon the type of order entered by the court.

Who needs a prenuptial agreement in California?

Prenuptial agreements are no longer uncommon in California, but many people wonder if they need one. After all, getting married is supposed to be an emotional and romantic experience, not a business negotiation. Nevertheless, many marriages end in divorce despite the good initial intentions of the spouses. If a couple should decide that they need to end their marriage, a proper prenuptial agreement can save them emotional energy and financial burden by resolving a number of issues in advance.

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