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Steven E. Springer

Property Division and the Family Home Part 1

One major concern for clients facing a dissolution of marriage is the future of the family home. If you are renting, the solution may be relatively easier than if you are in an extended mortgage agreement, in which the appropriate action may be slightly more complicated. Regardless of your current housing situation, property division and the outlook of your home are likely to be at the top of your list of questions.

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Steven E. Springer

Men As Domestic Abuse Victims

Although gender roles are constantly evolving and changing, when someone mentions domestic abuse, the image that often comes to mind is often a woman who is battered, bruised, and bloodied. The image of the wholesome, loving, and nurturing woman and men as the strong, protective and occasionally volatile is the idea set forth by generations before us, and is a stereotype that may be completely not what is realistic. Unfortunately, men are often the unspoken victims of domestic abuse.

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Steven E. Springer

Relocation with Children after Divorce

In the American population, it is very common for families to move. It is highly unlikely that you will spend your entire life in same town that you were born in. In the 2010 census, it was shown that only 59 perenct of the population still lived in the same state even that they were born in. So what happens to these families after a divorce happens? With a high mobility rate accompanied by a high divorce rate, there must be a resolution that all of these families have discovered. How does divorce affect relocation?

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Steven E. Springer

Ending Your Marriage: Divorce, Separation and Annulment

If you have realized that your marriage is no longer working and you want to end it, there are various options to consider. The typical resolution is a dissolution of marriage, better known as a divorce, however there are two lesser known solutions. These are legal separation and annulment. While all three signal the end of the marriage or domestic partnership, they are three very different approaches, each with their own set of guidelines.

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Steven E. Springer

Grandparent Visitation Rights

In the realm of visitation disputes, spouses are often more focused on the rights of the biological parents. However, in a growing number of cases, grandparents more than any other family member group are requesting to have their visitation rights considered. This may be a good thing, because after all as the old adage says, it takes a village to raise a child. However, this leaves to question all of the specifics of grandparent visitation rights.

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Steven E. Springer

How to Choose a Divorce Lawyer

The day you got married was the happiest day of your life, or so you thought. Years later, you are left wondering where you went wrong and how many mistakes brought you to this point. You are ready to get out and the only answer is divorce. Yet, you have already second guessing previous life decisions, you may be worried that your next decision will be a bad one as well. Divorce is life altering and without the right legal counsel, the outcome can leave you in a worse spot than you are in currently.

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Child Support Calculation

With parenting children comes great responsibility. One of those responsibilities is to provide for them financially until they become a legal adult, traditionally at 18 years of age. If the parents of the child are no longer together, the parent who has primary custody is entitled to child support or alimony payments from the other parent. These are funds the primary parent are to use toward the care of the child, be it housing, clothing, or medical bills. The amount of child support paid is unique to each situation.

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Steven E. Springer

Divorcing an Abusive Spouse

Marriage is not always as easy as we hope going into it. Sometimes it is difficult and becomes a struggle to make it from one day to the next. Yet, in many marriages, it is made even more challenging if the spouse is abusive. This also makes a divorce much more troublesome. In many cases, the abused spouse is in fear; fear for their life following the presentation of divorce papers, fear for the future of how they will get by on their own, and also fear for the impact on any children involved. A dissolution of marriage involving an abusive partner can strike anxiety in even the strongest of people, yet it is extremely possible and will make a positive impact in your future.

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Stepparent Adoptions in California

Adopting a stepchild can be an emotionally charged situation. Deciding what is best for the child or children can prove to be a difficult task. On one hand, a non-custodial biological parent may be in communication with the child, and may not want to relinquish their parental rights. However, a stepparent adoption may create a more stable environment for the child, which would prove to be a better choice. Yet, a stepparent and a non-custodial biological parent may still both have loyalties of the child, and that may create a source of confusion and frustration. Generally speaking, the less involved a biological parent is, the easier the decision will be. Ultimately, it is something that will need to be decided by all parties involved.

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Prenuptial and Postnuptial Agreements

Divorce is not a term many newly engaged couples want to think about. Most couples go into marriage believing it is forever. Even in the traditional vows, you state until “death do us part.” However, the numbers are in and the statistics show that not all marriages last forever as much as we would like them to. In a large number of those marriages, the two individuals are making two different amounts of income. For others, both parties have substantial assets. This is where a prenuptial or a postnuptial agreement may be a wise financial decision. In the event of a divorce without an agreement, the state of California defines what will happen between the separating parties. This agreement will allow you to dictate your own terms for your hard earned money.

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