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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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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Hello Divorce Launches, Bringing Divorce Online and On-Demand

You asked, We listened: DIY Divorce — With a little (flat fee) legal help along the way. Over the last several years, our family law practice has evolved, grown, transitioned and modernized. In so doing, we have been lucky enough to work with a unique clientele – The savvy, smart, curious client who is most interested in taking an active role in their matter to attain the best result possible — a strategic path primarily influenced by a cost/benefit analysis …
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10 Important Laws you Need to Know (if you’re getting a divorce)

We’ve compiled some of the most important statutes and laws that pertain to California Divorce. While there are many more that may be at issue in your separation, we thought this would be a great primer. We will definitely follow up with a ‘Part 2’ of this article soon! 1.    Spousal Support (Family Code Section 4320): While pre judgment spousal support is generally calculated using a formula, long term spousal support is determined by review of various factors. Some of the …
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Get Better Results in Court by Knowing your Judge

When preparing for court, it’s always important that you know the law and how it applies to the facts of your case. We are always preparing clients for their best and worst case scenarios before entering the courtroom. But managing your expectations about what the likely result be if you litigate your case is more than knowing the law or rules of evidence. Understanding your judge is a very big part of presenting your case in court. If you are …
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Child Support Frequently Asked Questions

Let’s face it. California’s child support laws are not intuitive. I find that much of Family Law is just about having good common sense – except for child support, that is. I mean, I get the most perplexed looks from clients who ask me why the child support the receive went down even after their ex spouse remarried a wealthy new spouse or why they have to pay more child support even though their net disposable income has gone down …
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Presenting Evidence in Family Court, Part 1

Most people (even some lawyers) don’t expect the Evidence Code to apply in family law — in the same way that we see it used in Criminal or Civil Law. The fact is, that it most often does. Even when we are in front of a judge who has a more informal approach (allows evidence to be considered without meeting all of the legal criteria), general knowledge of the rules of evidence can really help you to gain a legal …
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How Social Media Can Undermine your Divorce Action

More than ever, litigants and lawyers are using social media to collect information that they can use as ‘evidence’ in a Family Law Case. Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram and various dating websites are all popular places to look when in the midst of a messy divorce. Why are social media posts important to a Divorce or other Family Law action? Most of us with a smartphone spend a lot of time tapped into some form of social media. Popular posts …
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Understanding QDROs: Dividing Retirement Plans in Divorce

In short, Qualified Domestic Relations Orders (QDRO’s) are often used in a divorce proceeding to serve two functions: – divide retirement benefits earned during marriage and/or a registered domestic partnership; and – allow payment of child or spousal support from an employee’s retirement benefits. What is a QDRO? A QDRO, as stated above, is a Qualified Domestic Relations Order. To be deemed “Qualified”, the domestic relations order must recognize the right of a non employee spouse to receive all or …
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Suspect Your Spouse is Hiding Assets During Divorce?

Hopefully, you’re never in a situation where you believe that your spouse has failed to disclose marital assets in your divorce proceedings. Unfortunately, there are times when one party to the divorce or domestic partnership dissolution has taken active steps to conceal money or property in an effort to preserve what they consider to be their own money and keep their former partner from gaining a share in it. Courts have uniformly held that willfully concealing assets from a spouse …
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