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CAN DIVORCE MEDIATION HELP WITH CUSTODY?

Californian parents have to decide what sort of custody arrangements they want for their family after the divorce. This can certainly be one of the most harrowing things to figure out, but fortunately, you don't have to muddle through it alone.

WHAT IS THE DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE?

Sometimes, couples come to a point in the relationship where one or both parties decide that it is time for it to end. California is a "no-fault" state, meaning one spouse can dissolve a marriage without the other spouse's consent, and that no reason needs to be given to do so. We at the Law Office of Stephen W. Penn and Associates will discuss a little more about the details of divorce today, starting with the similarities and differences between a dissolution of marriage and a legal separation.

HOW CAN DIVORCE IMPACT CHILD CUSTODY?

As a Californian couple with children, you may be facing more hurdles than childless couples when it comes to dealing with a divorce. We at the Law Office of Stephen W. Penn and Associates are here to help as you traverse this difficult time.

EX-WIFE ENTITLED TO HALF OF LOTTERY WINNINGS

Dividing California property and assets between divorcing spouses can be a complex matter. This is especially true if one of the spouses comes into a large sum of money after the couple separates but before the divorce is final. A Michigan man found that out to his detriment last week when the state Court of Appeals ruled that his ex-wife should receive half of his lottery winnings, which amount to more than $38 million.

UNDERSTANDING THE GRAY DIVORCE PHENOMENON

Many people believe that once a couple has been married for an extended period of time, it is very unlikely that they will part. Through years of being together, they discovered how to handle marriage situations that may arise. However, even couples who have been married for decades may grow apart and decide to terminate their marriage. When people over the age of 50 file for divorce, it is termed 'gray divorce,' and this trend has been growing significantly through the years.

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.

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