What Legal Rights Does a Trust Beneficiary Have?

If you are the beneficiary of a trust in California, it’s essential to understand that you are afforded specific rights by law. Significantly, a trust beneficiary should not simply sit back and wait for the administration process to take its course — there are many things that can happen between the grantor’s passing and the […]

Divorce and Estate Planning

Divorce can change all aspects of your life — it can also impact any existing estate plan you may have in place. If you are considering divorce, you should think about how ending your marriage will affect the wishes you may have outlined in your will, trusts you have created, and any powers of attorney […]

What to Know About a Putative Spouse’s Rights in California

If you believed that you were married — only to later discover that your marriage wasn’t valid — you may still have legal rights if you and your partner decide to go your separate ways. Under California Family Code § 2251, one or both parties may be able to obtain putative spouse status. This means […]

What is Reasonable Visitation?

Visitation can be a contentious issue in divorces or when a couple who shares children part ways. It’s important to be aware that there are various types of visitation arrangements that can be agreed upon — or ordered by the court — depending on the needs of the family. Importantly, reasonable visitation can allow parents […]

Establishing Parental Relationships Under California Law

Family structures can be complex — and a child’s parents may not always be legally married. In California, a parent has the legal right to be recognized as the parent of their child and have a relationship with them, regardless of their marital status. Legally establishing parentage may be necessary when a child’s parents are […]

What to Know About Divorcing Your Military Spouse

If you are thinking about divorce and your spouse is a member of the military, unique legal issues can arise. While the process for divorcing a military spouse is generally the same as it would be if they were a civilian, there are certain differences that are important to understand. Critically, these cases may sometimes […]

Should Your Prenup Have a Sunset Clause?

Prenuptial agreements have become increasingly common among couples in California — they’re no longer considered something for high net-worth individuals or the ultra-wealthy. Also referred to as “prenups,” these types of contracts set forth the guidelines as to how property should be distributed in the event of divorce. However, you might be wondering whether a […]

Interim Orders in California Divorce Cases

California divorce cases can be lengthy — complex matters can go on for months or even years. Depending on the facts of the case, there may be issues that must be managed before the final judgment is signed. To resolve these various issues while the action is pending, a court can issue an interim order. […]

What is Bifurcation of a Divorce?

Resolving all the issues that need to be determined in divorce isn’t easy. Even when spouses are amicable, property division, child support, custody, and alimony can be contentious matters. Importantly, California law allows for bifurcation in a divorce action — this can help spouses to legally end their marriages sooner while the outstanding issues are […]

What to Do if Your Spouse Refuses to Accept Divorce Papers

California is a no-fault state for divorce. This means that a spouse does not need to prove that the other spouse committed any type of marital fault to legally end the marriage. In addition, a spouse does not need the consent of the other to part ways — if a spouse refuses to sign divorce […]