Who Pays the Court Fees for a Divorce?


        Filing for a divorce is a decision that should not be taken lightly. Once you get started with divorce proceedings, you will have to go through every aspect of your life together and make sure to separate everything properly. If you wish to file for divorce in California or any other state, there will be court fees to file. Who pays the fees and how much those fees are may vary. Here is some helpful information on assets and filing fees.   How Are Assets Understood in a Divorce? Even when you file for a divorce, you will still be legally married and entitled to use any joint assets. This means that the filing fee and the fees for your attorney can come from joint marital funds. This includes joint checking and savings accounts or accounts that belong to you. It is a good idea to...
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Figuring Out Custody Exchanges When One Spouse Moves

Figuring Out Custody Exchanges When One Spouse Moves
Custody issues in divorces are never easy for parents or their children. Negative feelings and tension can cause both arguments and a significant amount of stress for all parties, particularly when it comes to custody exchanges and transportation for visits. Figuring out the particulars, especially if one spouse lives far away, can seem daunting at first, but it is possible with patience.   Planning for Custody Exchanges Start planning for custody exchanges well in advance. This will prevent last-minute struggles and confusion that only serves to place your children in the middle. If you know that you and your ex simply cannot get along, or you have any reason to suspect that there may be arguments and fighting in the presence of your children, have someone you trust complete the exchange or be present during it. This could include a family law attorney , a child advocate, or even a...
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What to Do About Hidden Assets in a Divorce

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      Divorce is stressful for any couple, even when a separation is amicable and both parties are in agreement about ending the marriage. Financial and custody arrangements can often take couples to the breaking point—especially if one of the parties attempts to be deceitful by hiding or obscuring assets . Doing so is strictly disallowed within a divorce. If you suspect your soon-to-be ex is hiding assets, you do have options available.   California Hidden Assets Laws Under California’s legal system, divorce proceedings rely upon the law of community property. This means that any property the married couple has acquired belongs to both parties, including houses, businesses , vehicles, appliances, and pets. Even items acquired individually for the sole purpose of individual use during the marriage might fall under community property laws and must be clearly identified and shared evenly during the dissolution proceedings.   Hiding Assets: Don’t...
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Can Dating While Getting Divorced Affect Your Divorce Case?

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Relationships are complicated. Sometimes people fall out of love with their spouse and move on to new relationships before the divorce is finalized. This can actually complicate divorce proceedings . When it comes to the legal consequences of dating someone during your divorce, doing so can impact the outcome, especially if your divorce isn’t amicable in the first place. California considers outside relationships in each of the following divorce proceedings:   Alimony Alimony refers to support payments made by one spouse to another after a divorce. It is typically granted to a spouse who gave up his or her own career to stay home with children, and would therefore have a more difficult time re-entering the workforce. However, any spouse can request spousal support during proceedings. Alimony is far more likely to be approved if one spouse makes significantly more money than the other, and when the reduction in income...
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