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Commonly Disputed Issues in Divorces
Many people think they have a “no-contest” divorce. However, a true no-contest divorce means you and your spouse agree on all issues: Children, property, and debt. It would be ideal if you have a no-contest divorce, as it will save you money. However, most people have at least a few issues in contention.
Commonly disputed divorce issues include:
- Child custody, including visitation rights, child relocation, and custody modification
- Child support, including calculation of incomes and additional costs, such as private schooling, extracurricular activities, and/or day care expenses
- Property division, including valuation of real estate, business interests, and retirement assets
- Whether you or your spouse is in need of spousal support
- Dealing with the extra laws involved in a military divorce
Our team has a great deal of experience navigating these issues. We can help you attain the best possible results for you and your family.
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In California, you do not need to prove that one person caused the dissolution of the marriage. This is because California is a no-fault divorce state (the first state in the country to become one). “Irreconcilable differences” is a common reason for filing for divorce.
California is a community property state. This means that, during a divorce, the court will divide all properties and debts acquired during the marriage. However, if you and your spouse can agree on a different distribution of property, the court will likely accept the agreement.
California divorce law allows for spouses to own separate property. Separate property is outside the realm of community property and is owned by a spouse prior to marriage or acquired by inheritance. This property will remain separate as long as it was not held jointly or comingled with marital assets at any point of the marriage.
Residency laws require at least one member of the relationship to reside in California for six months before either party files a petition for dissolution. One party must also have lived in the county where they filed the petition for at least three months.
Your divorce will not be finalized until six months after you file the petition.
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