If you know anyone who has been mired in a probate case, you may have heard them talk about the horrors of probate. Probate gets a bad rep because of how expensive and time-consuming it can get, but it has existed in America since 1784, and it does work. Probate comes from the Latin [...]
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Power couple Bill and Melinda Gates startled the public Monday by announcing they were divorcing. For decades, the mega-billionaire couple has been a powerful force on the world stage. Through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which has an endowment of some $50 billion, the pair has reshaped global public health and development. But [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
We’ve all heard of the statistic “50% of all marriages end in divorce.” It perfectly illustrates just how common divorce is in America. The good news is that that statistic is from the 80s, and things have gotten much better since then. Divorce rates for most age groups have dropped over the past 30 years, [...]
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 [...]
If absence makes the heart grow fonder, what happens when you’re forced to stay at home with your spouse? In California, it’s divorce. There have been reports of a surge in divorce cases since the COVID-19 pandemic started last year. More people are contacting attorneys to ask about the process, and many are [...]
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.
Divorce is an emotional quagmire, and it’s the emotion that lays traps for the average person. You may have been greatly wronged or betrayed in some way, and therefore you may justifiably be angry. You know each other intimately, so you know where to strike to hurt the other person. Children may be involved, [...]
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 [...]
“No matter how they 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 [...]
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, [...]
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 - 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 [...]
Divorce preparation does not have to be complicated or costly. If you do your research, the procedural aspects of divorce can be easy, especially if you hire a California legal document assistant to prepare your divorce paperwork.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Military divorce is often complicated by one spouse's potential deployment and active duty status. Read on to learn how military service impacts child custody and support orders during divorce. Then, discover free resources to help your military divorce run smoothly.