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Online California Divorce Forms
Why They're Not a Good Idea
There are services on the Internet where you can fill out divorce forms for anywhere from zero to $250 or more. What's wrong with that? Well, if it was a good idea, we would have done it long ago, but it is not a good idea.
Here's what they don't tell you:
Not enough information. Divorce is not about filling out forms—it is about... read more
California Divorce Forms - Can You Fill Them Out Yourself?
Since I started the self-law movement in Berkeley, California in 1971, millions of couples have successfully filled out and filed their own California divorce forms, so you can almost certainly do it too. After reading this article, you'll know how to get started. Doing your own California divorce is about a lot more than filling out and filing the California divorce forms. The real work is in the process--thinking things through, making decisions, and working out ... read more
California Divorce Alimony - 5 Facts You Need to Know
Before I get started, you should know that in the California legal system, alimony is called spousal support. But to accommodate common usage, I will use the two terms interchangeably. This article will discuss the following five facts that affect California divorce alimony: 1) support priorities, 2) earning abilities, 3) new mate income, 4) mandatory wage assignment, and 5) jurisdiction. Support priorities. In California, child support has priority over... read more
California Divorce Mediation May Be Required in Your Divorce
If your divorce involves minor children, and you and your spouse can't agree on custody or visitation issues, you may be required to participate in California divorce mediation. After reading this article you will know how it works. California divorces are handled through the state's Superior Court system, which includes Family Court Services. According to... read more
California Child Support Payments - Myth and Facts
One of the greatest myths about California child support payments is that there is anything to argue about. California has a mandatory statewide guideline for child support, meaning that a judge must order the guideline amount unless the parents have a written agreement otherwise, or unless certain exceptions can be proved. The guideline is based on the actual after-tax income of the parents, and the amount of time each has physical custody. If you want to include an agreement in your Settlement Agreement regarding how much... read more
California Divorce Papers - What to Do If You've Been Served
Being served with California divorce papers can put most people in a panic. Maybe you already knew your marriage was headed for the rocks, or maybe you thought everything was fine. Either way, it's an unpleasant experience. If this has happened to you this article will help you get up to speed fast. The first thing you need to know is that you only have 30 days to respond if you want to participate in the divorce, unless you can reason with your spouse and get him or her to agree in writing differently... read more