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What Should You Expect From Divorce Mediation?

By Hepner & Pagan, LLP |

In Santa Clara County, there is more than one way to get a divorce. Many people first think of litigated divorces, which take place in a courtroom and always have the increased potential of becoming contentious and filled with conflict. Fortunately, litigation is just one option during the divorce process, and you have many… Read More »

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Do Children Have A Choice In Custody Disputes?

By Hepner & Pagan, LLP |

When you are going through a divorce that involves children or separating from the person you share a child with, you can create a parenting plan with the other parent.  To do this, you and your ex-partner must agree about the terms of the plan including when you will each spend time with the… Read More »

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Are Annulments Legal In Campbell, California?

By Hepner & Pagan, LLP |

There are many ways to end your marriage in California but of all of them, annulments are some of the most misunderstood. Many television shows and movies portray annulments in a number of different ways, and these are not always correct. So, if you have gotten married and now wish to end it, you… Read More »

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Enforcing Child Support Orders In Santa Clara County

By Hepner & Pagan, LLP |

Raising children is never cheap. When you are trying to raise yours with rising inflation and using just one income after divorce or separation, it can seem impossible. At the time of your divorce, a judge may have issued an order for your former spouse to pay child support. Too many people throughout Santa… Read More »

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Making The Most Of Spousal Support While You Still Have It

By Hepner & Pagan, LLP |

Many people think that if they are awarded spousal support, or alimony, during a divorce that it is indefinite or even permanent. The law in California does allow for permanent or long-term spousal support to be awarded in some cases, such as after a very long marriage or when one spouse has a disability… Read More »

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What To Do When Your Ex-Spouse Wants To Move Abroad With Your Child

By Hepner & Pagan, LLP |

The life you and your spouse have during the divorce process may not be the same life you live post-divorce. People sometimes move to be closer to family, for a new job, or simply just to get a fresh start in life. In most cases, these moves still make child custody visitation possible. However,… Read More »

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Are Children Allowed To Refuse Visitation In Santa Clara County?

By Hepner & Pagan, LLP |

Child custody orders are legally-binding and there are harsh penalties for parents who choose not to comply with them. What happens, though, when a child refuses visitation? Children may at first show reluctance to visit a non-custodial parent before flat out refusing to go. So, is this allowed by the courts in California, and… Read More »

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Understanding Legal Separation In California

By Hepner & Pagan, LLP |

See our post from October 2, 2019 for a comparison of Divorce v. Legal Separation Couples sometimes no longer wish to live as a married couple, but they also do not want to get a divorce and legally end the marriage. Like most states throughout the country, California law recognizes legal separation for these… Read More »

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What Is A Default Divorce?

By Hepner & Pagan, LLP |

There are many ways to resolve a divorce case in California. You can reach an agreement with your spouse on your own, or you can employ a family law mediator or attorney to negotiate the matter out of court. When a case involves complex matters or the two spouses are combative, the matter may… Read More »

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When To Seek A Child Custody Modification

By Hepner & Pagan, LLP |

Once all terms of a divorce, including property division and child custody, have been resolved, the judge overseeing the case will issue a divorce decree. The divorce decree outlines the terms, as well as each party’s rights and responsibilities after the divorce. The terms outlined in the divorce decree are final and legally binding… Read More »

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