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3 situations in which litigation may be necessary for divorce

Most people will go through mediation to address at least some legal matters when they divorce in California. However, mediation and other alternatives to litigation may not always be wise or successful.

Under some circumstances, litigation can be the most appropriate option for divorcing spouses to secure a fair resolution. We explain a few of these situations in this post.

What happens if parents with joint legal custody disagree?

Sharing custody of a child after divorce can be a challenge for parents, but it is often the arrangement that is in the best interests of a child. As such, many California parents who share legal custody will have to make decisions for their child together. 

This can create conflict when parents disagree on various matters. If you are struggling with this situation, or if you are divorcing and want to prevent such arguments from arising, you should understand how these types of disagreements ultimately get resolved.

Tips for back-to-school co-parenting after a divorce

Children heading back to school in California constitutes an exciting and hectic process. School schedules, practices and appointments, along with your own busy life may leave you relying on your ex-spouse often. To have a successful beginning of the school year, you may want to utilize specific tips.

Your joint custody arrangement allows you to share time with your children equally. A judge most likely helped you set up specific days and times in your parenting plan to follow during the school year, but with busy schedules, you may find yourself rushing around. If you need your custody arrangement modified, it is essential to speak with an attorney before filing in court.

3 steps you must take if you expect a contentious divorce

In this blog, we have talked about the many benefits of pursuing alternative dispute resolution options like mediation during divorce. We have noted that it can save people time and money, and it is generally a more peaceful way of ending a marriage.

That said, options like mediation just aren't realistic for some people. This can be the case if you expect your divorce to be (or become) contentious because there are abusive, hostile or adversarial emotions involved. If you expect to resolve divorce-related matters in a courtroom, there are a few steps you would be wise to take to prepare.

What should we include in our parenting agreement?

Deciding how to parent together but separately is often a challenge for parents who divorce or break up. There can be disagreements, confusion and difficult emotions along the way, and most parents aren't sure of what to expect as they transition into a new parenting arrangement.

This is why parenting plans are so important. These plans serve as a guide to parents to help them understand and protect their rights as well as the boundaries and rules of parenting a child separately. As such, there are some critical elements you will likely want to include in your agreement.

What to do with the marital home during a divorce

A marital home can be the most difficult asset to divide when spouses divorce in California. Not only is it typically the most expensive asset people have, but it can carry great emotional value as well.

As such, parties can struggle when it comes to deciding what should happen to the house in a divorce. Below, we examine three possible solutions for what to do with a marital home as well as some benefits and drawbacks to consider for each option.

Mistakes to avoid during trial or legal separations

Marriages are highly complex relationships. And as people and circumstances change, so does the marriage. This means that there is a lot of room between happily married and divorced.

Many people decide to separate at some point, either on a trial or legal basis. In these situations, it can be important to avoid some common missteps that could jeopardize the next chapter, whether that is reconciliation or divorce. 

Are there rules in mediation?

Mediating divorce-related matters is becoming increasingly common in California. Most people prefer to stay out of court and avoid litigation because it saves time and money. It allows gives parties more freedom to negotiate agreements that best fit their individual needs and circumstances.

That said, there are rules in mediation. Should someone violate these rules, mediation can be unsuccessful and parties may wind up in court litigating their divorce. As such, it can be crucial to know what these rules are.

Should you tell your kids more about your divorce?

It's natural for parents to want to shield their children from the difficult details of divorce. Moms and Dads don't want their kids to see more fighting or personal shortcomings, and many parents think that by keeping information from them, they are protecting them from hurtful situations.

However, once children reach a certain age, being in the dark about their parents' divorce could cause more problems than it solves. Below, we look at some reasons why -- according to a recent survey -- you might want to tell your kids more about your divorce than you might think.

How to prepare financially for a divorce

Deciding you want a divorce does not necessarily mean you feel nothing for your soon-to-be ex. As you move through the process, you will likely experience sadness, frustration and anger. Everything you shared now needs to be split, including real estate, vehicles, furniture and money. Many of these decisions may be difficult to make. However, preparing financially can reduce your stress and may help you better adapt to your life after the split. 

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