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WHAT ESTATE PLANNING UPDATES SHOULD YOU CONSIDER DURING DIVORCE?

Your life changes significantly during divorce, and you need your estate plan to keep up. The planning that worked during your marriage will probably not make sense now. If you are going through divorce in California, now is the time to decide the estate planning updates you want to make.

WHY IT IS IMPORTANT TO ANSWER A DIVORCE PETITION

Because California is a no-fault divorce state, either you or your spouse can decide to dissolve the marriage at any time, for any reason or for no reason. Your spouse does not need to gain your consent to petition for divorce, nor does he or she necessarily even need to inform you about it beforehand. At the Law Office of Stephen W. Penn and Associates, we understand that it likely comes as a shock to receive an unexpected petition of divorce from your spouse, and you may not know what to do about it. According to FindLaw, the petition demands an answer as soon as possible, and you run the risk of losing your rights to property and child custody if you fail to comply.

CHILDREN SHOULD ALWAYS COME FIRST IN CUSTODY DECISIONS

Whether you and your spouse reach an agreement on child custody or a court must decide the custody arrangement, your child's best interests should be the main consideration in the type of arrangement that is chosen. As parents, you and your spouse are probably the two people who understand your child's needs better than anyone else. However, it can be difficult to work together with a spouse during divorce, and some divorcing couples are unable to agree on an arrangement that best meets their child's needs.

WHAT DIFFERENT FORMS CAN ABUSE TAKE?

It can be difficult to recognize when you are a victim of domestic violence or abuse in California. One of the reasons for this is that the treatment you receive can alter your perceptions, but another reason is that abuse does not always take a recognizable form, such as physical violence.

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