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Who Pays For Attorney Fees In A Divorce?

It has now been almost five decades since Ronald Reagan, when he was the governor of California, signed into law the Family Law Act of 1969, making California the nation’s first state to allow no-fault divorce. Before 1969, in every state, one spouse essentially had to “sue” the other for divorce and establish “grounds” for […]

The “Silent Revolution” in Family Law

So much has changed in the United States since the 1960s. The civil rights and feminist movements fundamentally changed the culture. The U.S. fought the Cold War, the Vietnam War, wars in Iraq, and a “War on Terror.” Technology has altered the way we live, work, and communicate. At the same time, marriage and divorce […]

HOW DO ANNULMENTS DIFFER FROM DIVORCE?

Annulment, according to Wikipedia, is a process for declaring a marriage null and void. Unlike divorce, an annulment is retroactive, meaning that an annulled marriage is considered invalid from the start – as if it had never taken place. There are two types of annulment – religious and civil. However, even if you obtain a […]

THREE WAYS TO PROTECT YOUR PERSONAL INJURY AWARD FROM YOUR DIVORCE

In California, what happens to a personal injury award or settlement if the recipient subsequently gets a divorce? In some cases, marriage partners who divorce after receiving a personal injury verdict or settlement may have to share the compensation money fifty-fifty with the ex. It will depend, first, on where the divorcing spouses live – […]

SAME-SEX DIVORCE IN CALIFORNIA: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

On June 26, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court’s historic decision in the Obergefell v. Hodges case swept away all of the legal prohibitions against same-sex marriage in the United States. Prior to that ruling, many same-sex spouses had difficulty obtaining a divorce in some states. For example, before Obergefell, married same-sex couples who moved […]

WHY THE DIVORCE RATE SPIKES IN TAX SEASON

If you are planning to use your IRS tax refund to pay for a divorce this tax season, it has to be your own tax refund, and it has to be a real tax refund, not a fraudulent check or a counterfeit. Thousands of married people in the United States who are planning to divorce […]

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