Author Archives: Atousa
Your Hero: 5 Signs You’ve Found the Right Divorce Attorney
The hunt for a good divorce attorney is hard. You want to find the right person; not just someone in your area or budget, but someone who understands you and your family, your unique relationship situation, and a host of other factors. You’ll know you’ve found a good match if your attorn
Do We Need a Prenuptial Agreement?
Short answer: It’s not a bad idea. Prenups have a bad rep, but they’re actually really useful. Lots of people resist the idea of discussing or signing a prenup, because they think signing one means they plan to divorce, or don’t trust their partner. In many cases, prenuptial agreements can mak
Determining a Child Custody Arrangement
Negotiating agreements for child custody can be the most stressful and challenging part of a separation. Not only must you deal with your own feelings about the change in your relationship, you must also consider your children’s needs, and the role your co-parent will continue to play in their liv
Business Valuation In A Divorce
Determining A Businesses Value In Divorce When a marriage dissolves in California, each party has a right to his/her one-half of marital property, as well as an obligation to marital debt. One area of potential dispute is how to determine the value of a business during divorce, including assessing
Community Property Laws
Division Of Marital Assets When a marriage or domestic partnership breaks down, it can be draining emotionally, psychologically, and financially. One of the more complex, but critical, phases of a divorce is the division of marital assets. In a financially competitive environment such as Southern Ca
Legal Separation Laws in California
What is a Legal Separation For some, divorce is not the best option for ending the marital relationship. An alternative to divorce is petitioning the Court and obtaining a judgment for legal separation. Spouses may seek a legal separation for a variety of reasons including: religious beliefs, reside
Paternity: What You Should Know
Importance of Establishing Parantage In parentage cases, the court makes orders that say who the child’s legal parents are. Establishing parentage is important to ensure that children are cared for. However, certain situations make establishing parentage difficult. The mother of a child may
Should You Hire A Divorce Lawyer Or Divorce Mediator?
Should You Hire a Mediator or Divorce Attorney? As you learn more about the divorce process and your options, you may be wondering if you should hire a mediator or a divorce attorney. Mediation is a process by which divorcing spouses negotiate a settlement agreement with the help of a neutral third
Common Reasons For Modifying Child Support
Following a divorce, or even when co-parenting, it is not uncommon for one or both parents to want child support order altered, changed or modified. During modification, there are laws that must be adhered to and the parent wanting the modification must prove to the court that there has been a legit
What Is A Marital Settlement Agreement?
What is a Marriage Settlement Agreement? People who are considering a divorce are often unaware that estranged spouses will often agree to many of the terms of a divorce without a protracted and emotional court battle. These agreements are called “Marriage Settlement Agreements” (“MSA”). Wha