Is your spouse avoiding service?

It isn’t uncommon for spouses to avoid service of the Petition for Dissolution of Marriage, Legal Separation or Domestic Partnership, Summons and/or Declaration Under Uniform Child Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act. Some hide in their houses and won’t answer the door when the process server knocks. Others won’t give their spouses their new addresses or instruct […]

Can you fire a divorce lawyer? Should you?

I’ve met men and women who paid $10,000s to $100,000s to attorneys they weren’t happy with. Some stayed with their lawyers because they were scared to leave or worried that changing lawyers would drive up costs and delay cases. Others kept thinking things would get better, but they didn’t, which is par for the course. […]

How to stop a California divorce

If you want to reconcile or remain married and your spouse doesn’t, unfortunately you can’t stop the legal process in California. Under California’s no-fault family laws, if one spouse wants a divorce the court must proceed regardless of the spouse’s opinion or wishes to remain married. If you and your spouse have reconciled and you […]

You paid the down payment, your spouse holds title – now what?

You asked: “I used my inheritance to make the down payment on our home during marriage but the house title is only in my spouse’s name. What happens to my down payment in the divorce? I answered: If you and your spouse negotiate the terms of your California divorce, legal separation or dissolution of a […]

How to file for divorce in California and should you?

Ordinarily, the hands-on process of filing for divorce in California is simple. It’s accomplished by preparing and filing a Petition and Summons and if you have children, a Declaration Under Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA). And all of the court forms are on the California court’s website for everyone’s use. Where it […]

Deposition dos and don’ts

Depositions can be unnerving, but the truth is that you have significant control over the experience. You hold information your spouse wants and you can determine how and when it’s delivered. Exercise control, but keep these dos and don’ts in mind. Your nerves will thank you. DO: Insist that your lawyer meet with you and […]