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Alimony and Palimony: What’s the Difference?

Alimony and Palimony

Just about everyone has heard the term “alimony,” but “palimony” isn’t quite as well-known to the general public. While the terms sound similar, there is very little about them that are the same. Alimony, in California referred to as "spousal support" by the court, refers to a court-ordered payment that one spouse pays another spouse as part of a divorce settlement, while palimony is support that is paid to a cohabitating, but never-married partner at the end of a relationship. McKean Fun Fact: Palimony is not recognized in California under the family code. If you want support from a non-marital partner in California, a...

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When to Choose a Family Lawyer

Choosing a Family Lawyer

As legal professionals that specialize in – you guessed it – family law matters, family lawyers can handle legal issues that relate to divorce, child custody, child support and guardianship, amongst others. When family disagreements rear their ugly heads, family attorneys can act as mediators, and they can also represent litigants in family conflicts that end up in courts. In this article, we’ll cover the reasons why certain situations would best be served by a family-oriented law firm. Divorce First and foremost, family law professionals are most seasoned in dealing with divorce cases, being that he or she can act as a...

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What You Need to Know When Divorce is Not Amicable

Divorce Law

Make no mistake – every divorce causes some kind of pain, namely in the emotional realm, and so-called “amicable” types aren't immune from this. However, an amicable approach is more civil in nature, and as such involves negotiating instead of litigating; this, of course, brings with it some upsides such as fewer court visits, less trauma on children, reduced legal costs and quicker resolution of the separation. In collaborative separations, both spouses retain lawyers, but the attorneys work as negotiators for the two of them, with the negotiations handled outside of the court. When non-amicable cases go to court, the judge...

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The Ins-and-Outs of Legal Separation in California

Legal Separation in California

Unbeknownst to a significant number of residents living in the Golden State, filing for legal separation is similar to the divorce process, the primary difference being that the parties’ marital status does not end upon division of marital assets and debts. Put succinctly, the “legal separation” process in California allows couples to lead separate lives, though the marital status isn’t eradicated; the petitioner must file a petition for legal separation, and the respondent must file a response – or the matter proceeds by default. What’s more, both parties must exchange disclosures, which are considered mandatory, and the same process applies...

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What to Know When Looking for a Divorce Attorney

Divorce Attorney Sacramento

No one consciously goes into a marriage anticipating divorce, regardless of what national statistics may tell you about the fact that “most marriages end in separation.” But when it does occur, it can become a messy proposition to say the least, especially if you’re dealing with an unreasonable soon-to-be ex-spouse or other factors such as children or valuable belongings. If you find yourself in the unfortunate position of needing to find a competent divorce attorney in California, your priorities should be on choosing one who will provide you with the legal advice you need at a price you can afford,...

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How Divorce and Custody Issues Can Create Childhood Trauma

The Effects of Divorce on Children

Most couples in the midst of a divorce and who have children often don’t take into consideration the effect the separation will have on their kids. Indeed, such issues can create sometimes irreversible childhood trauma, ultimately leading to a plethora of other problems for those children down the line and later in life. The fact of the matter is separation and divorce are painful processes that regularly disrupt the lives of Californians on a regular basis, and for the majority of children who are right in the middle of this dissolution of their parents’ marriage, a combination of painful feelings,...

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