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How to Obtain a Divorce Certificate in California

By |2021-03-29T05:46:33-07:00March 26th, 2021|Divorce|

Every divorce story is unique. Maybe you'd been married for a year, or perhaps your marriage lasted for several decades. Perhaps you have children, or maybe you only have pets. Maybe you’re heartbroken, or maybe you’re relieved—or perhaps you feel a bit of both. However you got here, you’ve now found yourself in a situation [...]

Inside Kristin Cavallari and Jay Cutler’s Divorce

By |2021-03-17T06:56:58-07:00March 15th, 2021|Divorce|

Reality TV star Kristin Cavallari and ex-NFL quarterback Jay Cutler were considered #CoupleGoals by fans of their hit show Very Cavallari. The attractive pair had everything going for them: three beautiful kids, a nice house, budding careers in entertainment, and a loving marriage—or at least the appearance of one. News of their decision to [...]

Are Divorce Records Public in California?

By |2021-02-27T09:27:26-08:00February 26th, 2021|Divorce|

Divorced couples in California may wonder if their divorce records are available to the public. After all, many people value their privacy, and divorce is often a messy topic. The short answer is yes: divorce records are public in California. This means anyone can obtain a copy of your divorce decree. This can be [...]

Cheap Divorce in California

By |2021-04-29T10:14:19-07:00February 5th, 2021|Divorce, Family Law|

Cheap California divorce options DO exist - they can just be a bit difficult to navigate! In this article, we explore the pros and cons of the top three most popular cheap divorce options in California and explain how you can avoid paying statutory attorney's fees for your divorce.

What are ways to serve divorce papers?

By |2021-03-15T09:09:33-07:00January 25th, 2021|, |

There are several ways divorce, legal separation or annulment papers can be served on the other party. Notice and Acknowledgment of Receipt: In most of our cases, the other party simply voluntarily signs a Notice and Acknowledgment of Receipt. By signing this form, they voluntary accept service of the papers. Signing this form does not [...]

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How to Prepare for National Adoption Day 2021 in California

By |2021-01-29T07:57:51-08:00January 24th, 2021|Adoption, California Courts, Family Law, Legal Document Assistants|

“No matter how the​y arrive in the family, an adopted child is a child of the parents who adopted them.​​” HealthyChildren.org There are countless heartwarming scenes from adoption courts all over the country with new families literally jumping for joy. National Adoption Day celebrates these families every year on the Saturday before Thanksgiving. This year's [...]

“Real Housewives” Star Erika Jayne and Tom Girardi: A Case Study in Divorce Asset Division

By |2021-01-23T13:34:47-08:00January 23rd, 2021|California Courts, Divorce, Civil litigation|

Erika Jayne, a star of Bravo’s The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, stunned her fans on November 3, 2020, by announcing the end of her 21-year marriage to attorney Tom Girardi, citing “irreconcilable differences.” Jayne made the announcement as news of a barrage of lawsuits filed against Girardi and his law firm, Girardi Keese, [...]

Changing Title on a House – How to Do it Right

By |2021-01-27T10:03:30-08:00December 28th, 2020|Real Property, Legal Document Assistants|

If you need to change the title on a house, be confident you have handled all steps in the process correctly. It's always best to hire a professional to prepare a deed or other title transfer. Otherwise, with an improper deed, you might not have the ownership rights you believe you have. Worst yet, you might retain ownership responsibilities you think you no longer should have.

California Divorce

By |2021-03-17T14:02:23-07:00December 27th, 2020|

California Divorce - An Overview of the Divorce Process Learn everything you need to know about the California divorce process, including options on how to get an inexpensive uncontested California divorce without a lawyer. Read about the differences between a default and uncontested divorce, how to file an uncontested divorce, and  [...]

How to Get an Affordable Divorce in California

By |2020-12-21T10:10:45-08:00November 22nd, 2020|Divorce|

The best option for an affordable divorce is to hire someone with up-to-date expert knowledge on court documents and legal paperwork. That person is a legal document assistant, who holds a certificate verifying their extensive professional knowledge of California legal documents. Legal document assistants do not charge exorbitant hourly rates or bill you for every minute that any employee in their office devotes to your case.

How Much Does a Divorce Mediator Cost and Do You Really Need One?

By |2020-11-22T12:04:56-08:00November 22nd, 2020|Divorce|

Divorce mediation is often used as a first-step in trying to resolve disputed issues between divorcing couples. In most contested divorces, the parties are able to resolve their disputes using a divorce mediator, and they do not need to go to trial. Although mediation is arguably less painful than going to trial, it is not especially cheap. Sometimes couples don't actually need a divorce mediator but just a third-party helper to get them through the legal process. Instead of paying the cost of a divorce mediator, couples can spend a fraction of that money on document preparation services by a California legal document assistant and pocket the rest.

What is a Divorce Petition?

By |2020-11-19T14:04:18-08:00November 19th, 2020|Divorce|

Although all divorce cases start out with the filing of a divorce petition, sometimes the complexity or level of conflict in your case changes as the case progresses. If things start out amicably, but your divorce gets messier after you file the initial divorce petition, it does not necessarily mean that you need a lawyer. Even if your divorce changes course after the initial filing of the divorce petition, having a California non-attorney legal document assistant prepare your divorce documents is still the most cost-effective choice.

You Need a Legal Document Assistant for Your Divorce Case, Not a Legal Assistant

By |2020-10-24T12:15:25-07:00October 24th, 2020|Divorce, Legal Document Assistants|

If you are researching how to get divorced without hiring a lawyer, you are probably encountering a lot of legal terms for the first time. Sometimes one concept goes by more than one name, and sometimes very different concepts have confusingly similar names. If you are determined not to involve lawyers in your divorce, which is a wise choice, perhaps the most important matter of terminology to straighten out is the difference between a legal assistant and a legal document assistant in California.