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What should I do if I experience domestic violence?

Victims of domestic violence often feel they have nowhere to turn. It can be confusing to break free from a partner even when being abused, especially when you’re unsure whether what you’re experiencing is actually abusive behavior. The American Psychological Association offers the following information to ensure people get the help they need when subject to an abusive relationship.

How to recognize signs of abuse

When is a forensic accountant important in a divorce case?

Navigating your way through a divorce is rarely easy, but if you have suspicions about your soon-to-be-ex and whether she or he may be being less than truthful about assets, it can prove even more complicated. Regrettably, it is not uncommon for spouses involved in high-asset divorces to try to hide things from one another, and in such situations, there is often more to work through than who is going to get the car, the house and so on.

High-asset divorces often involve far more complex portfolios, and finding out the truth about what your spouse has at his or her disposal may require some extra sleuthing and research. If you have a particularly complex high-asset divorce case, you may find it beneficial to enlist the aid of a forensic accountant.

Divorce and the use of social media

Some people turn to social media for emotional support when they are going through a divorce, hoping that friends and family members will be able to comfort them during this difficult time. While these social platforms can be a lifeline for someone who is struggling with the end of their marriage, there are also some different reasons why it is important to be careful when it comes to sharing certain types of information online, especially during a divorce.

Sometimes, the type of information you share on the internet could have an impact on a family law case you are working through. For example, if you share some types of sensitive information about yourself, this could be used against you during a dispute over child custody. Moreover, you may notice that your child’s other parent is sharing inappropriate and concerning information online, and you may want to bring this to the attention of the courtroom.

What is parallel parenting?

Most couples in Los Angeles are aware of co-parenting, which is a technique thaat affords each parent with an equal say regarding decisions related to child-rearing. When it comes to high-conflict relationships a co-parenting situation might not work, for either the couple or the kids. Parallel parenting is one alternative that can reduce conflict and ensure kids are well cared for, according to Psychology Today.

Parallel parenting vs. co-parenting

Should you get an annulment instead of a divorce?

If your California marriage has reached the point where you feel you must end it, you may not realize that you have two options: a divorce and an annulment. Both of them legally end your marriage, but whereas a divorce recognizes that you and your spouse were married, an annulment invalidates your marriage from its beginning. It is like your marriage never happened because legally it did not.

Unlike a divorce which any married person can get, you must qualify in order to get an annulment. Obviously, a bigamous marriage, i.e., one in which either you or your spouse was already legally married at the time you married each other, represents one annulment criterion. A close family relationship between you and your spouse, such as if the two of you are first cousins, is another.

How can I recover financially from my divorce?

While divorce is emotionally trying for all involved, it can also take quite a financial toll. That’s why Los Angeles couples must work to recover their finances once their divorce is finalized, which can be difficult after assets are divided, legal costs are covered, and child support is paid. USA Today offers the following advice on how you can bounce back financially after separating from your spouse.

Get a handle on spending

What you should know about toxic divorce

The conditions that led to the split between you and your spouse may have been explosive, or perhaps they began gradually and have built up to a level of hostility that is no longer tolerable. Either way, you may now feel that there is no way out of a high conflict divorce. At Trabolsi & Levy, LLP, in California, we often provide legal assistance to people navigating a contested divorce.

According to Psychology Today, a toxic divorce can involve a wide range of behaviors that go far beyond those typical for people suffering the normal feelings of anger, guilt or grief. The extreme emotions behind this type of separation could lead your spouse to try the following:

  • Hiding marital assets
  • Spreading rumors about you
  • Damaging your property
  • Alienating your children from you
  • Threatening your safety
  • Sabotaging your family relationships and friendships

How can I co-parent effectively with my ex?

One of the more difficult aspects of divorce is co-parenting with your ex. However, the health and well-being of your children depends on your ability to effectively communicate with your former spouse, whether you’re discussing visitation schedules, academic issues, or healthcare needs. Psychology Today offers the following advice in this case, which will help you co-parent with your ex in order to come to a reasonable outcome.

Set Boundaries

Can you get palimony when your relationship ends?

If you live with someone in California, but the two of you never married or registered a domestic partnership, you may still be able to get “spousal” support if and when your relationship breaks up. As FindLaw explains, California has a unique law that allows some cohabitating partners to receive palimony at the end of a cohabitation arrangement.

Depending on your age, you may or may not remember Lee Marvin, a famous actor back in the day, but he is the one you must thank for the whole palimony concept. Lee lived with a woman named Michelle Triola for a number of years. When the relationship ended in 1971, Michelle sued Lee for half of the couple’s “marital” property and also for “spousal” support, alleging that the two had an oral agreement whereby she contributed her services and earnings during the relationship in exchange for these things.

3 things to know about restraining orders

Nobody wants to be in a situation where they are filing a restraining order, or perhaps worse, having one filed against them. Restraining orders are, nonetheless, an important and sometimes necessary part of the criminal justice system, and anybody dealing with one should know what to expect. 

According to the California Courts Judicial Branch, the first step is to file for a civil harassment restraining order. Whether you are on the defendant or the person filing, you should be aware of the three facts about what to expect from a restraining order and the filing process:

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