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Spousal Support

California law provides that spouses are entitled to receive " spousal support ", i.e. alimony, from each other based on many factors, the most important of which are the respective income ...
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Child Support: Mandatory & Discretionary Child Support Add-Ons

Guideline Child Support Child support in California is determined by a statewide formula which includes multiple factors including, but not limited to: The custodial time share between the parents of ...
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Financial Assistance for Attorney Fees

All too often, one of the divorcing parties in a marriage has primary (or sole) access to the martial financial resources. This presents problems for the spouse that does not have control to ensure ...
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Fiduciary Duties, Disclosure and Sanctions

During the course of the marriage, and continuing through the dissolution proceedings and until the assets have been distributed, spouses have fiduciary duties to one another, which will be explained ...
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Discovery: The Legal Process to Obtain Facts, Evidence & Information in a Legal Matter

The Process of Discovery In many divorce cases, you or your spouse may not know all the information that is needed to deal with or resolve many of the issues involved in your Dissolution proceeding. ...
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Premarital Agreements: Contracting Marital Rights and Obligations Prior to Marriage

California Family Code section 1612 provides that parties to a premarital agreement (PMA) may contract with respect to the rights and obligations in property, choice of law, spousal support, and ...
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Calculating California Guideline Child Support

Calculating California Guideline Child Support In order to create consistency with regard to child support awards, the Legislatures in California have created an algorithm that considers multiple ...
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Cohabitant's Rights and Domestic Partnerships in California

I often receive calls from persons who just ended a relationship with their significant other with whom they were cohabitating. Invariably, the questions focus on what rights they may be entitled to ...
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Domestic Violence and the Application for Domestic Violence Restraining Orders

The Department of Justice reports that there are over 2.5 million reported acts of domestic violence every year, which result in over 4000 deaths. Needless to say, these statistics are concerning. ...
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Uncontested and Contested Dissolutions: the two very different paths to finalizing your divorce.

I often receive calls from people who are contemplating divorce or have just been served with a Petition for Dissolution. Invariably, the questions asked are how long will this process take, and how ...
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What you should know if you are served with a Petition for Dissolution

I often receive calls from parties who were just served with divorce papers (formally referred to as the Petition for Dissolution). Needless to say, this can be a traumatic event when the receiving ...
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Child Custody and Child Visitation in California

California Family Code section 3020(a) provides: " The Legislature finds and declares that it is the public policy of this state to assure that the health, safety, and welfare of children shall ...
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Martinelli Law Group Sponsors School Event

Our office is always looking to provide the highest level of assistance we can for the individuals and families that we serve. Divorce is a complex issue and the emotional nature of these cases only ...
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Protecting Yourself in Community Property

In the state of California, the model of community property is followed. This is the way that property will be divided up between a married couple that is seeking a divorce. Marital assets will be ...
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The Division of Debt upon Dissolution in California

California Family Code section 910 provides: " Except as otherwise expressly provided by statute, the community estate is liable for a debt incurred by either spouse before or during marriage, ...
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The Division of Property upon Dissolution in California

California Family Code section 760 provides: " Except as otherwise provided by statute, all property, real or personal, wherever situated, acquired by a married person during the marriage while ...
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Welcome to our new Santa Clarita Divorce Blog

We are pleased to announce the launch of our new Santa Clarita Divorce Blog with an RSS feed located here.
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