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Duke Order So Children Can Stay In House After Divorce

Duke Order So Children Can Stay in House After Divorce

As a divorce attorney, I hear all sorts of crazy stuff. For example, “My wife got the house in divorce”.

What does this mean?  Why would the wife, and you, get the house?  Isn’t it 50-50?

Let me explain!  Let’s say you and wife have NO other assets than this 1 million dollar house that you bought during the marriage, with community property.  (like,

Different Perspectives on Divorce: Ying and Yang

Different Perspectives on Divorce: Ying and Yang

We, as individuals, are so forced to picking sides these days.  Liberal/Conservative.  Working/Stay at Home.  Hot/Cold.  Pro-Choice/Pro-Life.  For/Against Divorce.

In this world, we are all but one of the “great unwashed”.  (Off-topic, this is how we were graded in Civil Procedure in law school – we had this marvelous professor who gave us non-decript grades, such as GU (average); TD (Touchdown) – and never told us what the grades meant until the end.

It’s Never About The Money In Divorce (Maybe in Marriage)

It’s Never About The Money In Divorce

A couple years ago, my husband and I went to Las Vegas with 2 other couples.  Very close family friends.  I am going to break the Vegas code and write about what happened.  Downstairs at my most favorite restaurant in the world, Hugo’s Cellar, a fight ensued.  Someone offered someone a martini, and the person took the message wrong, and all of a sudden, Scott and I were left at the table footing a $600 bill (because everyone stormed out of this fancy restaurant). 

Divorce Attorneys Suffer Caregiver Fatigue; How You Can Help

Divorce Attorneys Suffer Caregiver Fatigue

For those of you who know me – I used to be a lively spirited, extremely caring, energetic person.  I probably still am DEEEEEEEEEP down inside, but I’ll admit, I’ve been swimming in chronic negativity for the past 5 years and I am super tired of fighting. And it’s due to caregiver (compassion) fatigue.

I have been a divorce attorney for nearly two decades.  In these glorious 20 years, I have been the subject of ridicule among corporate and “smarter”

Prenuptial Agreements Should Be Like Sharp Knives

Prenuptial Agreements Should Be Like Sharp Knives

In my motley roster of cases, I have two right now with useless prenups.  That’s right,  I just said it.  USELESS PRENUPS!

One prenup basically states the law.  “We want all property acquired after date of marriage to be community, and keep everything prior our separate.  We want to keep our inheritances separate.”  Ok – and you paid good money for this?

The other prenup basically states,

How Many Rings Are There in a Marriage and Must I Return Them in Divorce?

How Many Rings are There in a Marriage and Must I Return Them in Divorce?

Ok, so that’s a compound question.

First question, “How many rings are there in a marriage?” Answer: 3! Engagement ring, wedding ring, and suffering.

Second question: must I return the rings?  That depends.  In the case of an engagement ring, there is an actual California law on this, found in Civil Code 1590, which states, “Where either party to a contemplated marriage in this State makes a gift of money or property to the other on the basis or assumption that the marriage will take place,