Joe Dillon, Divorce Mediator

Joe Dillon, Divorce Mediator

Joe Dillon, MBA is a professional divorce mediator and founder of Equitable Mediation Services. Joe is passionate about helping couples avoid the destruction of attorney-driven litigation and knows first-hand that the right information, combined with the right expertise and the right kind of support can make the challenging process of divorce less expensive, less time-consuming and less stressful for divorcing couples and their families.

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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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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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Determining Alimony in California in 2020

Joe Dillon, Divorce Mediator

Spousal Support California

You’re at the crossroads of a divorce and the same worries keep flooding your mind:

  • “Can I afford to keep the marital home?”
  • “Will I be able to pay my bills and meet my financial responsibilities?”
  • “How will I get health insurance coverage after my marriage ends?”
  • “Will I have enough financial resources to be able to save for my retirement?”

All of these fears are typical in divorce and have one thing in common:


When it comes to money and divorce, there's one topic that's more stressful, more emotional and more difficult for parties to resolve than any other.

Whether you call it alimony or spousal support, California couples needing to come to an agreement that will require one ex-spouse to pay money to the other ex-spouse to support their lifestyle is challenging, to say the least.

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