2014

Blog Posts in 2014

Can Adultery Affect a Divorce?

Will adultery affect your divorce settlement? The short answer is not really;, or not legally at least. California is a no-fault divorce state which means you can get divorced for almost any reason. ...
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Annulling a Marriage: The Basics

Annulment has often been a widely-misunderstood legal concept. Civil annulments (that is, annulments granted by the state) are similar to divorces in that they affect a marital status. The most ...
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How is Visitation Decided?

After custody is determined, the court may need to make visitation orders. Visitation is necessary when one parent has been given sole physical custody, which means that the child lives almost ...
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Divorce Records: Private or Public?

After a divorce has been finalized, the court will then hand the divorce records over to the state. The state will then file the records as either public or private. In California, the default filing ...
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Helping Your Child Cope with Divorce

While divorce is certainly difficult for both spouses involved, it is almost more emotionally damaging for the children. When children experience changes in all that they've ever known, it can ...
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Who Gets the Dog/Cat? Divorce & Your Pets

Divorce can be tough, especially when it comes to dividing property. But would you really consider your beloved cat, dog, or other family pet property? The state of California presumes any pet that ...
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Divorce with a Family Business

When it comes to divorce, most people are concerned about one thing: how assets will be divided. Property and asset division can be extremely complex, especially when both spouses bring different ...
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Marriage Annulment Basics

There are 3 main ways to dissolve a marriage in California: annulment, legal separation, and divorce. Either spouse can decide to end a marriage and the other spouse cannot stop the process by ...
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Is There a Benefit to Filing for Divorce Before My Spouse?

If you have considered filing for divorce, you may be wondering whether or not you would benefit from "striking first"—meaning, serving your spouse with divorce papers before they have ...
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Top Ten Most Frequent Misconceptions About California Divorce

1. I will be legally able to remarry six months after my divorce is filed… correct? In the State of California, marital status cannot terminate for at least six months and one day from the date ...
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Can Social Media Affect My Divorce?

Use of social media, such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc., could put you at a disadvantage in a divorce. It is an interesting fact that 81% of the lawyers holding membership in the American ...
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Differences Between Legal Separation and Divorce

When a couple decides to formally end their marriage or domestic partnership, they have two legal options available to them in California: legal separation and divorce. Our qualified Orange County, ...
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Who Gets What In A Divorce?

You've made the decision to file for either a legal separation or divorce and your assets and debt will need to be divided. If the parties involved cannot reach a mutually beneficial decision on ...
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What is a No Fault Divorce?

In California, spouses can file for "no-fault divorces" when they intend to dissolve their marriage. A no fault divorce basically means that the spouse asking for the divorce does not have ...
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I'm Ready to Start My Divorce - What Do I Do First?

Divorce is an involved process with many steps. If you are ready to start your divorce, you need to talk with an attorney immediately. This should be your first step in the divorce process. A lawyer ...
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How A Child Custody Case is Evaluated in California

When sitting down with a qualified California child custody lawyer to look over your custody case, there are certain facts that they will seek to uncover. They will look at the following items: Any ...
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What to Expect When Working with a Divorce Attorney

Divorce is complex. First, the two people involved may be dealing with years of emotional history. As a result, decisions that might otherwise be made on the basis of negotiation and compromise rise ...
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Issues to Consider

As an Orange County family law lawyer, Douglas McKeague has almost thirty years’ worth of experience in practice. He has represented clients through the process of divorce and helped them to ...
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Who is Your Actual Divorce Lawyer?

When choosing a divorce lawyer, Orange County residents may use a number of factors to decide which professional will best represent their cases. Experience is incredibly important. The number of ...
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Working with W. Douglas McKeague

Choosing a lawyer to represent you in a divorce is an extremely important decision. With the right legal counselor, clients receive guidance that helps them reach a fair and equitable resolution at a ...
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