How Does the 10-Year Rule Affect Me?

Many California residents are under the impression that after a ten-year marriage, you must pay alimony or spousal support indefinitely. This is not the case. California law does state that a marriage lasting longer than ten years is considered to be a long-term marriage for the purposes of establishing and retaining jurisdiction over a spousal support award. However, under certain … read more

Divorce and Domestic Violence: What You Need to Know

Domestic violence is still all too common in our society, and, unfortunately, it pervades many divorce proceedings. While California is a no-fault divorce state, domestic violence does play a part in some aspects of divorce proceedings. A history of domestic violence can impact issues in a divorce such as child custody, parenting plans, and spousal support.

For example, if a … read more

How to Live with Your Ex While You Are Getting Divorced

When you are going through a divorce, one of the major obstacles can be physically separating into two households rather than one household. Even in the best of financial situations, two households require two sets of bills – rent or mortgage payments, utilities, and cable bills, among others. Sometimes, in the midst of a divorce, financing two separate households can … read more

What are the Different Types of Custody Arrangements Under California Law?

There are a variety of different custody arrangements that are possible when a couple with children separates or divorces. Custody arrangements can range from parents who co-parent and share children on a relatively equal basis to one parent having sole physical and legal custody. If you are facing a situation in which you need to create a parenting plan under … read more