How to File for Divorce in California, 5E

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How to File for Divorce in California simplifies and explains in straightforward language everything you need to know to successfully handle your own divorce in the state of ...

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Overview

A divorce can be both financially and emotionally exhausting. Protect yourself by obtaining all the information you need about divorce laws and your legal rights, whether you use a lawyer or not.

How to File for Divorce in California simplifies and explains in straightforward language everything you need to know to successfully handle your own divorce in the state of California. Complete with step-by-step instructions and more than 50 forms you may need, this book makes filing for divorce inexpensive and hassle-free.

• Protecting Your Assets, Yourself and Your Children
• Changing a Child Support Order
• Working with Lawyers
•Negotiating Child Support Agreements

Ready-to-Use Forms with Instructions:
• Schedule of Assets and Debts
• Marital Settlement Agreement (MSA)
• Declaration of Domestic Partnership
• Request to Enter Default
• and many more…


• California divorce laws
• Divorce procedures
• Plain-English glossary of terms
• Step-by-step instructions
• Ready-to-use, blank forms

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781572484894
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/1/2005
  • Series: Sphinx Legal Series
  • Edition description: 5TH
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 323
  • Product dimensions: 8.56 (w) x 10.92 (h) x 1.02 (d)

Meet the Author

Edward A. Haman received his bachelor&#146s degree from Western Michigan University and his law degree from the University of Toledo. He has practiced law in Florida, Michigan, and Hawaii, and has served as a Michigan Circuit Court domestic relations hearing officer. He has written or coauthored numerous self-help law books, ranging from titles that are national in scope as well as state-specific subjects.

John J. Talamo has a long and distinguished career as an attorney in Orange County, California. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame and received his law degree from the Detroit College of Law at Michigan State University.
In addition to advising clients on all matters relating to buying, selling, owning, and renting property, Mr. Talamo has written or coauthored several book on topics relating to real estate and business. Collectively, his books have sold over two million copies

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Table of Contents

Using Self-Help Law Books
Introduction
Chapter 1: Marriage Ins and Outs
Marriage
Divorce
Nullity (Annulment)
Legal Separation
Do You Really Want a Divorce?
Chapter 2: The Legal System
Theory vs. Reality
The Players
Divorce Law
Divorce Procedure
Legal Research
Chapter 3: Lawyers
The Need for a Lawyer
Deciding to Use a Lawyer
Selecting a Lawyer
Working with a Lawyer
Chapter 4: Evaluating Your Situation
Your Spouse
Financial Information
Property
Schedule of Assets and Debts
Child Custody and Visitation
Potential Problems
Child Support
Spousal Support (Alimony)
Potential Problems
Which Divorce Procedure to Use
Chapter 5: General Procedures
An Introduction to Legal Forms
Filing with the Court Clerk
Notifying Your Spouse
Courtroom Manners
Negotiating
Chapter 6: Summary Dissolution Procedure
Requirements
Joint Petition for Summary Dissolution of Marriage
Request for Judgment, Judgment of Dissolution of Marriage, and Notice of Entry of Judgment
Notice of Revocation of Petition for Summary Dissolution
Chapter 7: Uncontested Divorce Procedure
Summons (Family Law)
Petition
Declaration under Uniform Child Custody
Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA)
Starting Your Divorce Proceeding
Preliminary Declaration of Disclosure
Schedule of Assets and Debts
Income and Expense Declaration
Serving Your Spouse
When Your Spouse Will Not Cooperate
Final Declaration of Disclosure
Stipulation for Child Support
Marital Settlement Agreement (MSA)
Responding to theDivorce Filing
Declaration for Default or Uncontested Dissolution
Appearance, Stipulations, and Waivers
Military Service Considerations
Judgment
Earnings Assignment Order for Spousal Support
Order/Notice to Withhold Income for Child Support
Notice of Entry of Judgment
Chapter 8: Domestic Partnerships
Declaration of Domestic Partnership
Exceptions from Marriage
Termination of a Domestic Partnership
Chapter 9: Contested Divorce Procedure
Collecting Information
Property and Debts
Child Custody and Visitation
Child Support
Spousal Support (Alimony)
Chapter 10: The Court Hearing
Preparation
The Hearing
Public Assistance
Chapter 11: When You Cannot Find Your Spouse or Partner
The Diligent Search
Preparing and Filing Court Papers
Publishing
Chapter 12: Special Circumstances
When You Cannot Afford Court Costs
Protecting Yourself, Your Children, and Your Property
Temporary Support and Custody
Taxes
If Your Spouse Also Files for Divorce
The Future
Glossary
Appendix A: California Statutes
Appendix B: Forms
Index

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