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How do I qualify for summary dissolution?

Regardless of the reasons why Californians choose to get divorced, they often find themselves amongst a long, sometimes highly contentious, process. This can be exhausting for all parties involved. It can also prevent an individual from moving on to the next chapter in his or her life. Fortunately, though, many divorces are able to be resolved relatively quickly through settlement negotiations. But that is not the only option for a speedy marriage dissolution.

Some Californians may also qualify for what is known as summary dissolution. Those who qualify for this type of divorce do not have to go before a judge or even go to court. This can be a big attraction for many people, but in order to qualify for this type of divorce very specific requirements must be met.

Rudy Giuliani and wife heading toward divorce

Divorce can affect everyone. Although the specific circumstances faced by each couple is unique, many couples wind up facing similar legal issues. Generally speaking, all parties will need to address some combination of property division, child custody and child support. Other couples will also have to deal with spousal support issues. The more assets that are involved, the more complicated the divorce. Therefore, those individuals who have significant assets and/or debts may want to speak with an experienced family law attorney to figure out how best to approach their situation.

This is certainly the case for Rudy Giuliani and his third wife, Judith Giuliani. Recently, the couple of 15 years announced that they would be getting divorced. Although Rudy Giuliani claims that the couple is hoping to end their marriage amicably, records show that Judith Giuliani filed for a contested divorce, meaning that many of those issues mentioned above will be argued in court before a judge.

Cross-country co-parenting: Rules for airline transportation

Imagine you're the noncustodial parent of your children, but you have visitation rights. In most situations, your children would spend every other weekend with you. However, what if you live on the other side of the country?

You and your spouse will need to decide on a visitation schedule that honors the fact that distance prevents you from spending every other weekend with your kids - and that airline transportation will be required to connect you with your kids.

We help fight for the alimony Californians deserve

As many Californians know, divorce can be an emotional process. Individuals who once loved each other can find themselves arguing over seemingly minor details with their disputes tainted by distrust, anger and sadness. Depending on the circumstances surrounding a divorce, though, some family law issues may be more at issue than others.

Californians who have given up their own careers and educations to help raise a family or support another spouse may find themselves feeling especially cheated when a divorce threatens to leave them on rocky financial footing. After all, in these instances the primary wage-earner can simply walk away and retain his or her financial well-being, whereas a lower or non-earning spouse can be left with insufficient financial resources to maintain his or her expected standard of living.

Choose custody modification over child abduction

Child custody and visitation agreements and orders provide guidance to parents with regard to access to their children. Parents may not always agree with these arrangements, but they must adhere to them while they are in place. Those who seek to interfere with another parent's custody or visitation rights may wind up facing serious legal trouble.

In California, it is a criminal offense to keep a child away with the malicious intent to deprive a parent of his or her right to custody or visitation. This may include refusing to return a child to his or her custodial parent after visitation, but it can also mean enticing a child to stray away from the custody and visitation arrangement that is in place. The penalties for this crime can be severe, too, including up to a year in jail and a hefty fine.

What happens when spousal support isn't paid?

Spousal support, sometimes referred to as alimony, can be the center of focus during a divorce. The outcome of this one particular issue can set the stage for one's finances once his or her divorce is finalized. Therefore, building a legal argument that seeks to address the factors courts use to determine whether spousal support is justified is often of critical importance.

Yet, once alimony is awarded the issue can continue to linger. Spouses may have trouble paying spousal support, which may leave the other facing financial uncertainty. Regardless of one's financial position, though, spousal support is court ordered, which means that it must be paid until the court says that it doesn't have to be paid, or until a particular end date identified in the original order.

Divorce can have a significant impact on one's credit

For many Californians, the financial impact a divorce can have on their lives is their number one concern. Property division, for example, may leave them feeling like they got cheated out of the assets to which they felt entitled, and alimony and child support can take a monthly toll for years to come. Although each of these issues needs to be dealt with in its own fashion, there is another financial matter related to divorce that should be considered even before a petition is filed: one's credit.

An individual's credit score can play an important role in finding post-divorce stability. Those who choose to end their marriage may have to secure a new residence, either through renting or purchasing, and debts may need to be refinanced. A poor credit score can render finding suitable housing difficult, and it can cost an individual thousands of additional dollars in interest depending on the loans at hand.

A parenting agreement could save you time, reduce stress

Going through a divorce is sure to change your life in many ways, especially if you have had a child with the other person.

While things are sure to get complicated along the way, you don't have to let your current issues drag into the future.

Substance abuse can affect child custody and visitation

It seems like any time you look at the news nowadays there are stories about substance abuse and drug overdoses. The problem has worsened significantly over recent years with the explosion of opioid use. While this issue is finally starting to receive the attention it deserves, some individuals fail to recognize that substance abuse can play a significant role in family law matters, especially child custody and visitation.

Of course, when it comes to deciding child custody and visitation issues, a court will always rule in a way that it deems protective of a child's best interests. Therefore, mere allegations of substance abuse likely won't be enough to have any real impact on these issues. However, when these allegations are made, a court will probably want more information regarding current use and any history of substance abuse. Individuals seeking to provide proof of substance abuse can turn to police reports, criminal court records, and witness accounts.

Collaborative divorce may assist in reaching fair resolution

When many people think of divorce they picture heated arguments over everything from property division to child custody and spousal support. Though some divorce cases wind up proceeding to litigation, the reality is that the vast majority of marriage dissolutions are settled through negotiations. This, of course, does not mean that there are not heated arguments. For these individuals, though, the matter can be more challenging. Those Redondo Beach residents who are able to have calm and reasonable conversations with their soon-to-be ex-spouse may want to consider a collaborative divorce, as it can ensure a fair and favorable resolution without the headache of months of conflict.

What is a collaborative divorce? It is a process through which parties come together to find common ground in their divorce through open and honest communication. The spouses often enter into a written agreement where they promise to negotiate in good faith and with fairness. Although each party is often represented by his or her own attorney, one hallmark of the collaborative divorce process is the ability to turn to experts to help ensure a fair resolution.


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