California is known as a "community property" state. That means that property and other assets (including income) acquired by spouses -- separately or together -- during the marriage are considered to belong to both of them.
If you've just begun the process of searching for an attorney to help you through your divorce, you may be overwhelmed by the choices. There's no shortage of family law attorneys here in Southern California. So how do you select the one who's right for you?
Few situations in divorce are as sensitive as child custody. Even though California law grants joint legal custody with equal parenting time, it is not uncommon for parents to request a custody modification after the divorce. The court will first want to know details about the status quo; that is, what type of schedule is currently in use. Do parents share custody and parenting time right down the middle? Alternatively, is one parent the main, or custodial, caretaker while the other, or noncustodial parent, sees the children less often?
We've talked about the divorces of famous couples here before -- largely to show that divorcing couples, regardless of how much money they have or how famous they are, deal with many of the same legal processes and challenges that all couples do. When they have children, much of the divorce is focused on developing a custody plan.