Living Together but Unmarried? Ask Yourself These Questions to Determine if Your Partner has Legal Leverage

Since 2000, unmarried cohabitating couples have grown by over 40% in the U.S. Over 40% of children are born to unmarried couples. While cohabitation continues to rise, marriage rates are on the decline. Yet many of these couples are breaking up even before they ever marry. What happens when the separate? Usually couples are able to work out their (financial) differences. Sometimes parties decide to mediate any financial disputes between them and/or use an outside-the-box approach to dispute resolution. But when …
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LFLG Recognized by Super Lawyers for the 5th Year in a Row

Levine Family Law Group is pleased to share that two of our attorneys have been selected for recognition by Super Lawyers of California. Erin Levine has been selected as a Super Lawyers — Rising Star for the 4th year in a row and Ashley Schuh has been selected as a Super Lawyer for the first time after having been selected as a Super Lawyers – Rising Star since 2013. We are proud of our team! An update on our story: …
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4 Ways Millennials are Making Us Rethink the California Family Law System

We all hear about how millennials are changing the world. Millennials are changing the way we live in countless ways – everything from how and where we find our news to how we get around and what type of entertainment we value. But what about relationship? Are they changing that too? Stats say yes. They aren’t getting married as often or as young. What does that mean for the legal system? A lot. Less marriage, more cohabitation: Recently released data …
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LFLG Receives Pro Bono Leadership Award

We are proud to announce that we have received an award from the Volunteer Legal Services Corporation for assisting low income self represented litigants with divorce and other family law issues. Below is an excerpt from one of the press releases published in regards to this accomplishment: OAKLAND, CA – 30 May, 2017 On May 18, 2017, Lawyers from Levine Family Law Group (LFLG) and Hello Divorce were awarded Volunteer Legal Services Corporation’s “Pro Bono Leadership Award” for their ongoing commitment to …
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10 Tips for Writing a Persuasive Family Law Declaration

A declaration is a written statement made under the penalty of perjury. If you are filing a “Request for Order” (or responding to a “Request for Order”) asking that the Judge enter orders providing you some type of temporary “relief”, you will need to attach a declaration explaining the basis for your request and the facts that support it. Examples of Request for Orders (RFOs) include (but are not limited to) requests for: An enforceable parenting plan Modification of an …
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Special Considerations for Same-Sex Divorces

We have all heard the good news. California no longer recognizes a distinction between same-sex and opposite-sex marriages. Any couple can now obtain a marriage license and wed, regardless of that couple’s sexual orientation. In 2016 the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed marriage equality across the United States. Even with these ‘wins’, our work is not done. There are issues that affect our gay and lesbian clientele in divorce – that are generally not applicable to heterosexual marriages. We’ve taken a …
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Cohabitation Agreements: More Essential Than Ever

There are tons of rights that apply to married persons that don’t apply to cohabiting couples — protection against disinheritance, social security, exclusion from gift taxes, community property and partner support obligations — to name a few. More couples than ever are moving in together, combining finances and sometimes having children. But what happens if they break up? Unlike divorces, there is no legal process you are funneled into when there’s a split. Good thing, right? Well maybe. But when …
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15 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Starting the Divorce Forms

Through LFLG and Hello Divorce, we have a significant amount of clients who are self represented — using our resources to navigate the process but checking in with us when they need some guidance along the way. This week as I was overseeing the process of closing case files, I was reminded of some of our most influential clients and the outside the box path they chose to cooperatively ‘unhitch.’ When clients first come to us for legal coaching they …
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10+ (non legal) Essential Apps to Rely on While Uncoupling

Getting unmarried can sometimes be as expensive, insanely time consuming and detail driven as planning your wedding. When we tie the knot in the first place, we use wedding planners, online worksheets, and various other ‘systems’ to keep us organized and on budget. So, why wouldn’t we do the same for divorce? We’ve compiled a few apps that may make your divorce or domestic partnership dissolution a whole lot more easeful. Genius Scan: Divorce is documents. Lots of them. Even …
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12 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Hiring a Divorce (Legal) Coach

What is a Legal Coach? Depending on the complexity of your case and your financial circumstances, a legal coach may be a great way to obtain assistance with your Divorce or Domestic Partnership Dissolution. Legal coaches or consulting attorney’s (similar to LC’s but usually limited to advice, strategy and assistance with drafting documents vs. a LC who may also guide you through the process of represented yourself). can be a really great way to get you through your legal action without …
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