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March 2015 Archives

Using child support to pay for a kid's extracurricular activities

A lot of California kids carry with them many commitments. They play sports, take classes in the arts, perform in musical groups, and participate in many other activities that hold their interests. While some of those extracurricular activities are free, others require students and their families to pay for services.

I don't want to pay alimony. Can't my ex just get a job?

Divorces for California couples do not have to be acrimonious. In fact, prior posts on this family law legal blog have discussed the benefits of divorcing in a mediated process. When couples can work together and agree on the support, custody, and property division matters related to their separation, such two-way procedures can be healthy ways to end their marriage.

Similar to litigated divorce, mediated divorce requires a plan

When an individual begins the difficult process of ending his or her marriage, he or she may not know where to begin. Though many individuals throughout San Joaquin County have endured divorce, it can be a loaded topic that not all friends and family members want to openly discuss. What divorcing parties should know from the very beginning of the process is that they have some options as to how the matter will unfold.

Marital debts follow same rules as marital property in divorce

Anyone who has gone through or who has looked into divorce in California may have come across terms like "community property" and "separate property." These terms are associated with how a person's owned items may be classified when a court divides a divorcing couple's possessions. While the terms may seem to only address physical items owned by parties to a marriage, they also apply to intangible assets as well as the debts and liabilities of the divorcing parties.

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