California Child Support: More Complex Than You Might Think

Joe Dillon, Divorce Mediator

As a mom or dad preparing to start a divorce in California, your children are most likely your number one concern.

And they should be.

You love your kids and want the world for them.

So now that you're getting a divorce, how do you make sure they get the financial support they need in order to live healthy and happy lives?

That’s where child support comes in.

And there's a lot more to California child support than you might think.

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The 5 Divorce Options: How to Choose the Right One for You

Equitable Mediation

What Are My Options for Divorce?

I’m sure you’ve heard the statistic that 50% of marriages end in divorce. But I bet you never thought your marriage would be one of them.

No one does.

Making the decision to end your marriage was (or will be) one of the biggest and most difficult decisions you have ever made in your life.

And you didn’t take this decision lightly.

But what you may not have realized at the time was that this would not be the only important decision you’d need to make. It was actually the first of many…

The next thing you’ll need to decide is how to get a divorce.

So what ARE the divorce options available to you?

And how do you choose the option that’s right for you in your particular situation?

Those questions and more will be answered in this post.

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Topics: Planning for Divorce, Divorce Mediator vs. Lawyers

California Community Property and Divorce: Not Always 50-50

Joe Dillon, Divorce Mediator

You and your spouse were partners.

And worked hard throughout all the years of your marriage in order to achieve your financial goals.

You bought your dream house, built a sizable nest-egg for retirement, and even had enough income to treat yourself to that sweet cherry-red rag top you’d had your eye on since you were a kid. California dreamin’ indeed!

But now that you’re facing a divorce, you have questions about California community property and exactly how the division of assets and liabilities works.

You’ve heard that because California is a Community Property state, spouses split everything 50-50, but you don't know how to decipher community property vs separate property, how to untangle assets or debts that have been co-mingled during the course of your marriage and whether or not you and your spouse actually get a say in how to divide your property and debts in a fair and equitable way.

You also want to make sure that all the income you worked so hard to earn doesn’t wind up getting wasted on divorce attorneys and outrageous legal fees.

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