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Q & A: What types of custody are awarded in California?

Custody of the children may be held by both parents (joint custody) or by one parent (sole custody). Additionally, California distinguishes between physical and legal custody: If a parent has sole legal custody, that parent has the exclusive right and responsibility to make decisions about the health, education, and welfare of the
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Q & A: How do I deal with the shame of divorce?

Nobody in our family has ever been divorced, and I feel really ashamed. Will my children feel the same way? Changing the way you see your family identity is huge for you. The best way to help your children is to establish a sense of pride in their new family, and to
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Q & A: What is a protective order?

A protective order, also referred to in California as a domestic violence restraining order, is a type of restraining order that enjoins specific acts of abuse, excludes a person from a dwelling, or enjoins other specified behavior necessary to ensure that the orders preventing abuse are upheld. These orders can be issued
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Q & A: Must I tell my lawyer embarassing things about my marriage?

If your divorce attorney needs information about your marriage, it is important to communicate that information, even if you find it embarrassing. You are not mandated to disclose any information, but if you withhold information from your attorney, then he or she cannot adequately counsel you or prepare your case based upon
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Q & A: What is an ex parte court order?

An ex parte order is generally one made on an emergency basis. Notice is not necessarily required, and the judge often issues orders on the paperwork submitted alone, without a formal hearing. With the exception of abuse-prevention restraining orders, judges are reluctant to grant ex parte orders. Ordinarily, the court will require
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Q & A: Telling The Children About your Divorce

Q. I’m unsure about how to tell our children about the divorce, and I am worried I’ll say the wrong thing. What is the best way? A. The manner in which you talk to your children about the divorce will depend on their ages and developmental stages. There is no one best
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What Does “Community Property State” Mean?

The phrase "community property state" describes the way property is defined and divided during divorce. You will likely hear the phrase often during the process of dissolving your marriage. This term refers to you and your spouse's equal, undivided interests in and to all of your marital property. All property accumulated by
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Do you need a forensic accountant in your divorce?

A forensic accountant sounds like a character in one of the CSI series to most people. However, they are increasingly used by couples with considerable assets who divorce. These accountants can help determine exactly what assets a spouse has — both personal and business. A forensic accountant can determine exactly what investments,
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