A Publication Divorce is needed when a person wishes to divorce his/her spouse but does not know where the spouse lives or works. Once the divorce is filed, the spouse must be served. The California courts have created a way to handle service on a spouse whose whereabouts is unknown. This … Read more about What is a Publication Divorce?
A legal Will, which is sometimes called a 'last will and testament' is a document that explains how assets are to be distributed to beneficiaries as well as name guardians to minor children. The Will is either formally created (not handwritten) and has at least 2 witnesses and is signed & dated … Read more about What is a Legal Will?
Probate is the process whereby the ownership of property changes from the descedent to the heirs or beneficiaries when there is no Living Trust. In California, a Trust is the best method of avoiding Probate for heirs or beneficiaries. While a legal Will cannot help in avoiding Probate, it may help … Read more about What is a Probate?
In California, a Living Trust allows property to change ownership to beneficiaries without going through Probate. A Living Trust is very important if you own property in California. Without a Living Trust, property that is valued at more than $100,000 would need to go through a Probate which is … Read more about What is a Living Trust?
In California, couples do not have to file for Legal Separation in order to Divorce—one party can simply file for Divorce. However, some couples do not wish to file for Divorce and may file for a Legal Separation for a number of reasons. 1. One's religious beliefs may not allow for Divorce. 2. … Read more about What is Legal Separation?
Custody may be an issue when parents have children and are married and divorced, married and separated or never married. Child custody and visitation is an issue that is often contested in California family court. There are 2 kinds of custody: Legal custody Physical custody Legal custody is … Read more about Custody
An Annulment voids the marriage as if it never took place. The similarity between an Annulment and a Divorce is that at the end of both processes, the parties can remarry. However, that’s where the similarities end. Divorce in California does NOT require grounds. Annulment in California DOES require … Read more about What is an Annulment?
Many people think that they have an 'easy divorce' for at least 3 reasons. Both spouses are in agreement regarding issues such as spousal support, division of property and/ or child support, custody & visitation. The couple do not have property or children. The couple may not have any … Read more about Do You have an Easy Divorce?