Category Archives: Family Law

Own a business with a spouse? What happens after a divorce?

  • Jul 5 2015

By Deborah A. Perkins, Esq. Do you own your own business?  Are you concerned with what will happen to the business during a divorce?  Here are some things you should know. Resolving the issue of a community property business in a divorce raises issues in both family law and business law.  As such, it is a good idea to consult both types of attorneys. The most common resolution of this issue is where one...

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Divorce Mediation – An Appealing Alternative

  • Jun 7 2015

By Deborah A. Perkins, Esq. What if you could keep your divorce out of the courtroom, save time and money, and obtain a more satisfying result? You can, through divorce mediation. Mediation is a voluntary process in which you and your spouse meet with a mediator who assists you in reaching an agreement. The mediator is not a judge; he or she does not decide your divorce for you. The mediator simply facilitates discussions...

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Know the Risks of “D-I-Y” Divorce

  • Nov 1 2014

By Deborah A. Perkins, Esq. “Do it yourself” divorce is fraught with risks – even if your case is “simple” and both parties agree on all issues regarding division of property, support, and child custody and visitation. As many have learned the hard way, it is all too easy to make critical missteps today that will come back to haunt you down the road. The proliferation of DIY websites and non-attorney legal document preparers...

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Top Eight Child Support Myths

  • Sep 8 2014

Child support disputes can bring out the worst in many parents, conjuring images of greedy ex-spouses, and children who are used as pawns in games of parental posturing and revenge. While there may be a certain degree of truth to some of these stereotypes, a variety of myths regarding child support exist. Myth: Child support payments are based solely on the needs of the children.Fact: California has a complex child support formula that is...

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Seven Tips for Negotiating Your Divorce Settlement

  • Jul 8 2014

By Deborah A. Perkins, Esq. Regardless of how long you have been married, negotiating a settlement is the most important part of the divorce process. Although it is no easy task, working with your spouse to arrive at mutually agreed terms of your marital dissolution is easier on your wallet and your psyche. Whatever conditions caused the breakdown in the marriage are likely still present throughout the divorce negotiation, exacerbated by emotions such as...

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