Divorce with Special Needs Children Taking care of a child with special needs can be as demanding as a full-time job. In two-parent households the responsibilities can be divided, but this is not always possible or preferable. When you are divorcing and have a child with special needs, there are some unique considerations to address….

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Elderly Divorce

Elderly Divorce Divorce among the elderly used to be relatively rare. Although the elderly still divorce at a far lower rate than young and middle-aged couples, many older people are deciding that they do not have to stay in unhappy marriages. Divorcing late in life brings with it many challenges, but it can also lead…

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Divorce and Your IRA

Divorce and Your IRA You and your spouse’s IRAs might be your biggest joint assets. Whether you have a traditional IRA or a Roth IRA, your retirement nest egg may be divided between you and your spouse in a divorce settlement. But many IRAs do not allow withdrawals until after a certain date. So how…

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Divorce and Small Businesses Sometimes spouses operate a family business, a “mom and pop shop,” or another jointly managed service. When these spouses decide to divorce, deciding what becomes of the small business can be a tricky process. Issues such as ownership, assets, and income will have to be decided upon. A knowledgeable divorce attorney…

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Remarriage and Alimony Payments In a divorce proceeding, alimony may be granted to one of the spouses. Alimony requires the wealthier partner to financially support the dependent partner through periodic payments. This arrangement often continues until the financial situation of the dependent partner changes. The remarriage of the alimony recipient can alter the conditions of…

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Divorce and Furniture

Divorce and Furniture Furnishing a new home can be very expensive. Thus, when you divorce and are looking to create your own home, you may want ownership of your favorite bookcase, the king-sized mattress, or the glass-top dining room table from your old home. Unfortunately, your ex-spouse may be eying the same pieces of furniture….

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Helping Young Children Cope with Divorce Our team at Fischer & Van Thiel, LLP, recognizes that divorce takes an emotional toll on everyone involved. This can be especially true of young children, who may not possess the cognitive abilities to fully comprehend the situation. Many young children are concerned with different aspects of the divorce…

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Spousal Rape

Spousal Rape In the state of California, committing a sexual act with a non-consenting spouse is handled as a felony rape charge. The main difference between this and other rape charges is that spousal rape also falls under the umbrella of domestic violence, and thus a defendant in a spousal rape case may face the…

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Legal Grounds for Divorce While the laws regarding reasons for divorce can vary greatly from state to state, the state of California recognizes only two reasons as grounds for divorce. Irreconcilable Differences Most divorces are filed based on irreconcilable differences, which means that the couple feels that there are disagreements in the marriage that cannot…

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Considering Divorce

Considering Divorce If you and your spouse are living in California and considering divorce, there may be many things running through your mind. You may be wondering what your life will be like as a single person, how you will make your financial situation work, or how your kids will handle the divorce and how…

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