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How Does Mediation Work in Monterey, CA?

Mediation is one of the most effective means of negotiating a divorce settlement. Unlike a traditional divorce that is public, time-consuming, costly, and traumatic, mediation is private, relatively quick, affordable, and focused on reducing emotional turmoil.

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How to Recover a Down Payment Made on a Home

It is common for newly-weds to purchase homes soon after marriage. Since many couples have not had time to save up marital funds, it is normal for one spouse to make a down payment from their separate property or receive a family gift.

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Six Reasons to Choose Mediation in Monterey Divorce

For many people, divorce is the most traumatic event in their lives. However, contrary to what the media would have you believe about divorce, it does not have to be a time-consuming, contentious, and costly process.

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What happens If you Refuse a Blood or Breath Test?

In California, if you’re pulled over and suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol, the officer will likely ask you to take a blood or urine test to determine your Blood Alcohol Concentration. The law states that a BAC of .08 percent or more means you are driving under the influence, and you can face severe penalties including the suspension of your license, fines and even jail time.

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Marital Property vs Separate Property in California

property and debts acquired during marriage belong to both parties. This means when couples decide to divorce, they must determine how they are going to divide their assets and debts. While some parties are able work out who gets what on their own, many need to go to court and let a judge or jury decide.

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How to Prepare for Divorce Mediation

Mediation is a voluntary process where parties use a trained third-party mediator in order to reach agreements about property division, child custody and other important matters related to their divorce. It is an option for people who believe they can still communicate with their spouse and make important decisions, with the help of a mediator, about the terms of their divorce.

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How to Prepare for Filing for Divorce in California

Deciding to file for divorce is seldom easy. The filing itself doesn’t have to be difficult if you understand the steps you need to take and the missteps you need to avoid.

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Negotiating Child Custody in a High-Conflict Divorce

while a high-conflict divorce is tough on spouses, it’s devastating to children. According to California law, judges must determine custody on what is in the “best interest of the child.”

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Health Insurance Costs and California Child Support

Even while going through a divorce, parents want to make sure their children are covered. And both spouses are responsible for seeing that children get the medical coverage they need.

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Temporary Child Support in a California Divorce

Parents are encouraged to come to an agreement that is fair, equitable and ensures that children have financial security. That process can happen while temporary orders are in place and become part of the marital settlement agreement (MSA).

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