Recent Posts in Divorce Category

  • What is the Difference Between Contested and Uncontested Divorce?

    || 5-Mar-2015

    Uncontested divorce is just as it sounds—a divorce in which both spouses arrive at decisions as to the terms of the divorce without needing to go to trial. Truly uncontested divorces are rare in that disagreements are common, the key being that spouses do not require a court to agree on the specific terms of their divorce. Each divorce hinges on the couples deciding on the following issues: ...
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  • The Best Interest of the Child

    || 2-Sep-2014

    Understanding the Best Interest of the Child Are you in the midst of a child custody or child support battle as the result of a recent divorce? When negotiating a plan for sharing parenting time or custody of your children, the state will primarily consider the best interests of any children involved. This standard of putting their best interests first is used when deciding custody issues in the ...
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  • Can Your Divorce Affect Your Credit?

    || 25-Aug-2014

    Will your credit will be affected by your divorce? In short, it can. In marriage, couples oftentimes open individual and joint checking accounts in order to best manage their family's finances. This belongs solely to the individual. To the creditor, it is only the credit history of the person that opened the account that is considered. If the person does not have a strong financial history, an ...
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  • What Happens to Property When You get Divorced?

    || 8-Aug-2014

    When obtaining a divorce, one of the biggest issues is making sure that all property can be divided in the best interests of both parties. Due to the nature of divorce, it becomes necessary to involve the court in property division. In California, property obtained during marriage can be divided into separate property or community property. In the case of a divorce, separate property remains in ...
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  • Preparing for Your Uncontested Divorce Hearing

    || 13-Jun-2014

    Uncontested divorces are proceedings in which both parties have reached a mutual agreement of how to resolve the issues at hand, such as division of property and child support. These proceedings can be done through mediation. The uncontested divorce is far less time-consuming and expensive than the contested divorce—and more importantly, it can be less stressful. In order to prepare for your ...
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  • After taking part in a national radio broadcast regarding various divorce topics, Attorney Daniel C. Hunter, IV received an invitation to co-author a book titled, A Cup of Coffee with 10 of the Top Divorce Attorneys in the United States. This book is being published in an effort to raise funds for children and many deserving families throughout the world, with 100% of the proceeds donated through ...
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  • Can I Change My Child Custody Agreement?

    || 16-Apr-2014

    As a parent, there are many reasons why you may feel the need to change an already existing child custody agreement. It could be perhaps that your original custody agreement was not as favorable as it should have been, or that you were persuaded into accepting terms during divorce proceedings which weren't in yours or your child's best interests. Whatever the reason, our firm is here to ...
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  • How is Child Support Calculated?

    || 4-Apr-2014

    When a married couple with children makes the decision to file for divorce, one of the most important aspects of their divorce will be focused around the care and upbringing of their children. Once it has been determine which parent will retain custody of the children, or whether both parents will have equal and shared custody, the next step will be to determine child support. Our state has one of ...
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  • What Are the Benefits of Divorce Mediation?

    || 12-Feb-2014

    For those looking for an alternative to a contested divorce, a mediated divorce could be the way to go. A neutral third party, the mediator, can help a couple negotiate their own divorce settlement. This process affords a divorcing couple the chance to split up amicably, as both spouses have to agree to the process and have to be willing to agree to some compromises. If this sounds like a ...
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  • How Can I File for a Summary Dissolution in California?

    || 7-Feb-2014

    In California, some couples can get an expedited dissolution of marriage, or a quick way in which to end a domestic partnership. If you are interested in filing for this simpler divorce, you will need to first understand how a summary dissolution works, and which couples qualify for this. Who Can File? First things first: do you qualify for a summary dissolution? Only couples in very specific ...
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  • Changing Your Alimony Agreement

    || 2-Jan-2014

    As circumstances change, individuals may need to make modifications to their spousal support (alimony) agreements. For example, someone receiving alimony may no longer need this financial support due to the fact that he or she became self-sufficient or has remarried. Or, an individual paying spousal support might no longer be able make payments due to changes in his or her income level or ...
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  • Common Questions About Supervised Visitation

    || 24-Dec-2013

    There are some cases in which a parent may be ordered to supervised visitation. When this happens, the non-custodial parent is able to visit with his or her child, but only with a court-approved, neutral third party present. The role of this party is to ensure that the child is safe during the visit. Here are questions and answers concerning supervised visitation, as explained by the Orange County ...
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  • Attorney Hunter Talks Family Law on The Business Leader Spotlight Show

    || 22-Nov-2013

    Daniel Hunter, our law firm's Mission Viejo divorce attorney, recently had the honor of being featured on The Business Leader Spotlight Show, where he talked about a wide array of topics relating to divorce and family law within the state of California. The Business Leader Spotlight Show is a radio show that conducts interviews with successful business leaders from all over the country so that ...
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  • Common Divorce Questions

    || 20-Sep-2013

    Choosing to file for a divorce is a big decision for any person to make. Whether you are in an extremely unhappy marriage or you are simply ready to move on, the aspects of property division, child custody matters, and the like can be extremely overwhelming. It is for this reason that hiring a Mission Viejo divorce lawyer you can trust is so important. Here are a few common questions that people ...
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  • Important Factors to Consider When Hiring a Divorce Lawyer

    || 13-Sep-2013

    In the event that you are considering filing for a divorce from your spouse, hiring a trusted and experienced Mission Viejo divorce attorney is in your best interest. Here are a few simple, yet very important, things that you must consider when choosing what lawyer will represent you in the process. The attorneys experience is one of the most important things that you will want to research before ...
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  • Think Twice Before Doing a DIY Divorce

    || 6-Sep-2013

    While it may seem like a smart idea, "do it yourself" divorces are not going to give you the end results you want. In fact, you should really think twice before ever seeking to go through a divorce without the help of a skilled and experienced divorce attorney who can guide you every step of the way. There are a number of divorce ploys online that are trying to entice people to DIY ...
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  • Mediation: Avoiding Court during Your Divorce

    || 26-Aug-2013

    Many couples who are considering a divorce may be fearful of the whole court process, not just the time and extra efforts that are put into it, but also the fact that it can cause even greater tension. If you is you, you may not realize that your divorce doesn’t have to be a process of litigation, but rather can be one that consists of two peaceable individuals who desire to make this ...
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  • War of the Worlds: Avoiding the Battlefields of Divorce

    || 26-Aug-2013

    Television today often portrays divorce as this dramatic experience which involves a lot of screaming and arguing, often followed by throwing of objects in the home. Divorce is seen as being this terrifying experience in which families are tragically broken, children hurt, and parents leave one another feeling distraught and hopeless. While this may be the sad outcome for some families who are ...
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  • Is there such a thing as a simple divorce in California?

    || 16-Aug-2013

    Yes. A simple divorce does not have to be an oxymoron, and it is called a summary dissolution. This is only an option for marriages or domestic partnerships that lasted no more than 5 years, have no kids, and where there are not many assets or debts to split up. The five years also applies to situations where domestic partnerships turned into marriages later on. A summary dissolution could end ...
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  • Before School Starts...

    || 12-Aug-2013

    Before school starts for the year, you may want to do a little bit of research regarding the school where your children will be attending. If you are a non-custodial parent, you still have a right to understand where your children will be attending and what teachings they will be listening to. As well, if you are co-parenting but your ex chose the school and classes, you may wan to make sure that ...
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  • Can a Family Vacation After Divorce Work?

    || 22-Jul-2013

    Are you wondering how to enjoy your summer break while going through a divorce ? Though many would say this is unconventional, people are sharing that going on vacation as a family even after the divorce can actually be a great opportunity for the family to bond in a unique way. In fact, people would go as far to say that these vacations after divorce are even rewarding because despite the ...
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  • The Differences of Contested and Uncontested Divorce

    || 15-Jul-2013

    If you and your spouse are considering a divorce there are two distinct categories you can fall under: contested or uncontested divorce. What differs in these two types of a split is the relationship of the two people who are going through the divorce. A contested divorce essentially means that no matter what the spouses do, they are unable to reach an agreement about their matters involve in the ...
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  • Don't Let Your Divorce Affect Your Kids Summer Break

    || 8-Jul-2013

    Just because you and your spouse have decided to call it quits on your marriage during the summertime, doesn’t mean that your children have to have their breaks ruined by their parents’ divorce. Sure, a divorce is going to be difficult on the children but how you and your spouse choose to handle it will make a huge difference. As their parents, whether or not you’re separating, ...
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  • Life Lessons Divorcees Have Learned

    || 5-Jul-2013

    Going through a divorce can be a difficult season of life for any man or woman to walk through. In some cases, some may be able to heal quickly and then jump back into the dating pool, while others feel more deeply the effects of ending their life with the person they loved. According to the testimonies of past divorcees, here are a few life lessons that can be taken into consideration whether you ...
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  • Insurance Policies in Divorce

    || 4-Jul-2013

    When you are going through a divorce the courts will normally call for one party to obtain a life insurance policy that will insure that value of alimony payments, child support, other financial needs.. The spouse with the life insurance should be designated as with the owner of the policy or the irrevocable beneficiary of the policy. This is so that an ex-spouse who took out the policy won't ...
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