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A dissolution of marriage (“divorce”) begins in California when either party files a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage with the Family Court. The only grounds for divorce in California are either irreconcilable differences or incurable insanity. Fault is not required to be alleged, or proven; it is not an issue for any purpose whatsoever.   More


At the Law Offices of William P. Glavin, APC, we believe strongly in mediation as an alternative to litigation and strive to help parties jointly reach fair, informed and sustainable settlements. Divorce is a stressful and costly undertaking. Our skilled mediators are able to facilitate productive communication so that parties may negotiate workable agreements and move forward with their lives.  More


All property acquired by married people during the course of their marriage is presumptively community property. This includes the rents, issues, profits, interest, etc. of community property. Community property also includes the efforts of each spouse (significant in family owned businesses) as well as all wages earned by either spouse during marriage.  More


Situations arise where a court is called upon to either establish custody arrangements for a child for the first time, or where an existing arrangement should be changed. Unfortunately, parents do not always see eye-to-eye in this area and the process of resolving a dispute between parents concerning what custody arrangements More


Child support orders in California are based on formulas which take into consideration each parents’ percentage of time with the child(ren), each party’s income and tax filing status, as well as other factors which affect each party’s income available for support. A company known as CFLR (California Family Law Report, Inc.) has created a computer program used by the courts to determine the child support guideline.  More


No longer referred to as “alimony” in California (although the Internal Revenue Service uses the term “alimony”), spousal support is intended to provide a divorced spouse with income in order to eventually become independent and self-supporting. If the supported person fails to make a good faith effort to eventually become self-supporting, More


It is not uncommon for unmarried persons to have children in our society. When a child is conceived out of wedlock even though there may no longer be a social stigma associated with such and event, there can be problems involving the parents. Parents may not always agree on what is appropriate in terms of raising their child. More

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