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High-asset divorce and spousal surveillance

Possibly, one or both spouses involved in a high-asset divorce may have an uneasy feeling someone is watching them. Technology can become a surveillance weapon in a competitive bid for advantage when a high-asset divorce is on the table.

If any part of divorce triggers the desire to make the other party look bad, child custody can be a lightning rod for a parent who wants to catch the other in bad behavior. A parent who engages in unsavory or illegal activities may cause a judge to think twice before granting equal or shared custody.

Keeping your divorce out of the public eye

Your divorce may be one of the most stressful and embarrassing life events you will ever face. After all, there are probably some sordid details that make neither you nor your soon-to-be ex-spouse look particularly good. Unfortunately, in California, divorce records are part of the public record. As such, anyone who wants to learn about the dissolution of your marriage may be able to gain access. 

Keeping your divorce out of the public eye may be an uphill battle, but it is not impossible. In fact, in certain circumstances, you may be able to convince a judge to seal some or all of your divorce records. Before doing so, though, you should understand the legal obstacles to securing your privacy. 

Preparing for a complex divorce

If the writing is on the wall and a California divorce is on the horizon, you may wonder how to prepare for the bumpy road ahead. The team at Trabolsi Levy Gabbard LLP has experience assisting clients with equitable distribution of property in high asset divorces.

According to Worthy Living, you can take some steps that help you protect your assets while smoothing the financial separation process. During a divorce, the court separates the marital property from separate property. Before filing the paperwork, make a list of property you owned before the marriage, any inheritance or gifts from third parties and payments from a personal injury lawsuit. This gives you a better idea of what you can keep after the divorce.

Joint-parenting may be beneficial for children

Going through a divorce can be a difficult process, especially if there are children involved. With strong emotions, it can be hard to determine who is entitled to what, the rate of alimony and child support, as well as who should be given custody of the children. In California, and in other states across the country, custody is awarded keeping the best interests of the child in mind. Sole-physical custody was traditionally thought to be advantageous for children, as they did not have to live between homes. However, studies show that joint-custody may be a better option, as the children are able to spend a significant amount of time with both parents.

The study looked at children set in joint-custody, sole-custody and traditional family arrangements over a period of time. The results showed that kids who spent time with both parents had higher self-esteem, fewer behavioral problems, higher school performance, stronger family relationships and less emotional stress. Over a long-period of time, kids who are raised by both parents have successful careers, stronger support groups, better marriages and are better adjusted than those who spend a majority of time with one parent.

Unanticipated restrictions you may face amid divorce

As one of many people across California currently navigating your way through a divorce, you may be adapting to numerous changes. In addition to possibly having to adjust to new living and custody arrangements, you may find that you face additional restrictions while your divorce is ongoing of which you were previously unaware.

While you may consider your marriage over as soon as one of you initiates divorce proceedings, in actuality, the process can sometimes prove long and tedious. You may face the following restrictions while you wait for it to become official.

What a vocational expert could do for your divorce

Are you worried about your earning potential after divorce? You are far from alone. Many people leaving a marriage are unsure about their job prospects.

There are some ways that you could augment your income or secure career. For example, spousal support may allow you to get training or perform an effective job search. The issue is that getting custody of your children in the first place could be a challenge. To show your employability in quantitative, legally acceptable terms, consider engaging a vocational expert.

How do I establish paternity?

For fathers, one of the most important steps to take after you have a child is establishing paternity. Doing this gives you legal parental rights to the child in California. Without these legal rights, you have no say in the raising of the child. The mother has full custody and control over the child. So, it is easy to see why you would want to find out how to establish paternity as soon as possible.

To begin with, if you and the mother were married when the child was born, you already have established paternity. According to the California Court, you only need to worry about establishing paternity if you are not married to the mother when the child is born, and you can do this a few different ways.

What are the signs of domestic abuse against men?

While domestic abuse occurs to women with greater frequency, many men also experience ill-treatment at the hands of an intimate partner. This can be an issue in both heterosexual and homosexual relationships, and men often have difficulty speaking up out of fear their claims won’t be considered credible. If you’re concerned your relationship may be abusive, the Mayo Clinic explains some of the common signs of an abusive relationship.  

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Understanding the 3 kinds of California property

We represent many clients in their divorces here at TRABOLSI | LEVY | GABBARD LLP, so we well understand that California property laws can be confusing to a lot of people. We therefore thought it would be a good idea to review California’s three kinds of property here on our blog.

When you and your spouse or partner divorce, the California Court system explains that you need to consider the following three types of property when coming to a property settlement agreement:

  • Community property
  • Separate property
  • Quasi-community property

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