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Navigating the Holiday Minefield During a Divorce

By Debra Schoenberg  Thanksgiving just passed and now Hanukkah, Christmas, and New Years are just around the corner. For divorced or separated couples that means tension, drama, arguments, and more. Children of divorced parents already face a number of challenges, and the holidays only complicate matters further. Even for couples not battling
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Awards & Recognitions Explained

American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers In recognition of her work, Debra Schoenberg was named a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML). Founded by highly regarded domestic relations attorneys, the AAML provides leadership that promotes the highest degree of professionalism and excellence in the practice of family law. To be
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Is It Time to Reform California’s Alimony Laws?

Written by Debra Schoenberg, November 25, 2019 When a couple decides to divorce, one important question I’m typically asked is how long does spousal support last? A divorced Huntington Beach man is championing a new ballot initiative that would curtail payments to former spouses to a maximum of five years following a divorce
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How to Protect Your Assets in a Grey Divorce

Written by Debra Schoenberg November 12, 2019 Grey divorce refers to the split or separation of older couples, usually over the age of 50, who have been in a long-term marriage and maybe going through retirement. According to Forbes, divorce for older couples has increased, while the overall rate of divorce in the
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The Benefits and Drawbacks of “Nesting” Divorce

By Debra Schoenberg Separation and divorce are a painful process that disrupts many families. When parents decide to separate, there are several reasons why they may consider a model of separation called “nesting”. No matter how you spin it, getting divorced is tough — especially if you have kids. Even if the decision
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The Benefits of Co-Parenting After Divorce

By Debra Schoenberg Going through a divorce is emotionally taxing especially if there are children involved. Child custody battles are typically the most contentious part of the divorce process.  A new report, by the National Parents Organization, finds most states are failing children after divorce because there’s a lack of meaningful legislation that
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Practical Tips on Getting Through a Divorce

Written by Debra Schoenberg October 7, 2019 Marriage is a beautiful union until things turn sour. Marriage takes a lot of work, and sometimes things don’t go as planned and you find yourself going down a bumpy road of separation from your spouse. The divorce process is a complicated and stressful situation,
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Legal Obligations to Consider Before Divorcing Your Spouse

In a no-fault state such as California, you may think you have the right to divorce your spouse without any legal repercussions. Yet in specific circumstances, leaving your spouse could constitute marital abandonment. In these cases, you could forfeit the right to have a say in the terms of your divorce. Your
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Can You Still Get a Divorce if Your Spouse Doesn’t Sign?

Your spouse does not have to sign the papers to get a divorce in California. Your spouse may not sign your divorce papers for many reasons, from refusal to cooperate with the divorce to being unable to locate him or her. In any situation, you could proceed with your divorce even without
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