The Added Issues in a Military Divorce
In marriages where one, or both, spouse is an active duty service member, military divorce is unfortunately not rare. According to statistics published by the Pentagon in March 2018, the divorce rate for service members in the United States has remained around 3% per year, over the last four years. Military couples likely face longer separations and more...Read More
When parents have “joint legal child custody,” they share the responsibility to decide issues relating to their children. They have to work together to come to agreements about the health, education, and well-being of the kids. With joint legal child custody, the parents have to make all reasonable efforts to agree before making decisions. Where possible, these agreements should be...Read More
Protection During Divorce, and Automatic Temporary Restraining Orders
Are you thinking of filing for divorce in Monterey County? Are you worried about the immediate results of filing, and want to make sure you’re protected? Before you file, you should know about the Automatic Temporary Restraining Orders. These are rules that you have to obey from the time you file the papers until your...Read More
Every county in California, including Monterey, uses the same factors to calculate child support. The two biggest factors involved are how much time the child spends with each parent (i.e., timeshare), and the net income of each parent.
If a child lives more with one parent, that parent is the “custodial” parent. The other parent is the...Read More
California allows some couples to get a “quickie” divorce using a method called “summary dissolution.” (A regular divorce is referred to as a “dissolution” in California.) The summary dissolution procedure is designed for couples who have not been married for long, and who do not have complicated issues to sort out in the divorce. You must meet certain...Read More
Making the other side pay your attorney fees in a Monterey domestic violence restraining order case.
If your case involves a Monterey domestic violence restraining order, you may be able to ask the court to order the opposing party to pay for your attorney fees. In Monterey, and throughout California, the loser may have to pay for the winner’s attorney fees and court costs in a domestic...Read More
When one spouse is in the military (or when both are), additional legal issues come into play. Special rules apply in a military divorce regarding where to file a military divorce, how child and spousal support is calculated, how child custody is determined. In addition, military benefits must be considered such as military retirement pension and post-divorce health insurance issues. Service...Read More
Ten Steps to Divorce in Monterey
If you live in Monterey County, or plan to file for a divorce in Monterey County, we’ve prepared a list for you.
One: Be Prepared
Two: File for Divorce with the Court
Three: Serve the Necessary Paperwork
Four: Respond to the Filing
Five: Deal with Any Temporary Orders
Six: Disclose Financial Information
Seven: Discovery of Basic Facts
Eight: Settle on Divorce...Read More