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Thrift Savings Plan Retirement Division in Divorce

A Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) is a retirement system and plan for federal employees, military personnel and reservists. Congress established the plan in 1986. The federal TSP is a defined contribution plan. This means the amount of money a plan participant receives from the plan depends on how much he/she contributed throughout his/her working years. The [...]

By | April 29th, 2017|Family Law|0 Comments

How to File a Final Judgment in Divorce

Often we are contacted by divorcing couples with regards in how to file a final judgment in divorce. First, to finish your divorce, you must have completed the required financial disclosures. Once that has been done, the forms required to complete and file the judgment forms with the court clerk will depend on the status of [...]

By | April 4th, 2017|Family Law|0 Comments

Gilmore Rights and Your California QDRO

Gilmore rights allow a non-employee spouse to receive his/her share of community interest held in his/her former spouse’s pension plan. The non-employee spouse can choose to receive benefits before his/her spouse retires. The non-employee spouse can receive benefits at the earliest date in which the employee spouse would be eligible to retire. To enforce your [...]

By | March 31st, 2017|Family Law|0 Comments

How to Avoid Retirement Division in Divorce

Couples who have been married for more than ten years often face challenges when dividing retirement accounts during a divorce. Fortunately, there are creative ways to avoid having to divide retirement plans in divorce. Read on to learn more about how to avoid retirement division in divorce and how A People's Choice can help. [...]

By | March 31st, 2017|Family Law|0 Comments

How to Establish Paternity in California

The process of how to establish paternity in California is not necessarily complicated, but it is important. Establishing paternity is the process of determining the legal (biological) father of a child. In most cases, if the parents are married to each other, paternity is automatically established. However, when a couple is not married (unwed), the [...]

By | March 26th, 2017|Family Law|0 Comments

Divorce and Social Security Spousal Benefits

When a couple is terminating their marriage, they often have questions about the correlation of divorce and social security spousal benefits a party may be entitled to. If your marriage was for more than ten years, you can claim Social Security spousal benefits on the entire earning history of your ex-spouse. This is commonly called [...]

By | January 20th, 2017|Family Law|0 Comments

Child Support For Special Needs Children

Child support for special needs children - not a topic that most families are faced having to discuss, however approximately 20% of couples have at least one special needs child. California courts require parents to financially support their special needs child (regardless of their age). An order of child support for special needs children may [...]

By | January 20th, 2017|Conservatorship, Family Law|0 Comments

Motion to Quash Service in Divorce

In California divorces, the petitioner (the spouse that initiates the divorce) is required to serve the respondent with a copy of the Petition and a Summons to appear in court. The Summons provides notice to the respondent that the petitioner has filed for divorce and informs them that he/she has 30 calendar days to file [...]

By | January 19th, 2017|Family Law|0 Comments

Custody and Timeshare in California

In California, either parent may have joint custody of their children. A parent can also be awarded sole custody if the other parent presents a serious threat to the safety and welfare of his/her child. In every divided family going through divorce or legal separation or in matters of paternity, custody and timeshare is foundational [...]

By | December 29th, 2016|Family Law|2 Comments

Dividing Military Pensions in Divorce

A military pension is a form of deferred compensation. Military service members receive a lifelong pension after completing 20 years of service. Service members' military pensions are valuable assets in a divorce. A military pension is divisible in a divorce so long as the court has jurisdiction over the proceeding. Read on to learn more [...]

By | December 10th, 2016|Family Law|0 Comments