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Impact of Dishonesty in Family Law Cases

By Cardwell Steigerwald Young LLP |

Because divorce and custody cases deal with the things that are most near and dear to us, it is understandable that these issues see a great number of desperate people making poor decisions. When so much is at stake, fear can drive a person to act in ways they wouldn’t normally do. It is… Read More »

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Handling Extracurricular Activities in California Parenting Plans

By Cardwell Steigerwald Young LLP |

Extracurricular activities can be vital to a child’s development, and often the groups or activities children are involved in, and the relationships fostered therein, will impact them their whole lives. However, a divorce can have an impact on the ease of getting your kids through those extracurricular activities. Ex-spouses might disagree or simply not… Read More »

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Student Loans in Divorce: What to know

By Cardwell Steigerwald Young LLP |

Many divorces deal with questions about student loan debt. This article serves to answer some of the most common questions concerning how student loan debt is divided in a divorce. California’s Community Property Laws Essentially, Debts and assets acquired during the course of the marriage are subject to equal division, and debts or assets… Read More »

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Essential Questions to Consider in a High Asset Divorce

By Cardwell Steigerwald Young LLP |

Divorce is devastating for a great number of reasons. One material, but very real part, is the devastation of dividing assets after years, maybe even decades, of hard work as a couple to build what you have. If you have accumulated wealth during the course of your marriage, there are several things you should… Read More »

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FAQ About Splitting the House in a Divorce

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Generally speaking, unless a family home falls under an exception, a property (such as a family home) that was accrued during the course of a marriage will be subject to division between the spouses, as any other asset in the marital estate. (There are, of course, some exceptions to this, to include a valid… Read More »

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How California Law Divides Retirement Benefits and Pension Plans

By Cardwell Steigerwald Young LLP |

One of the reasons many individuals hesitate to pull the trigger on a divorce action is because they do not clearly understand where the division of assets will leave them financially. This is particularly true as the rate of divorce in California’s older generations is on the rise. This article will discuss some of… Read More »

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The Role of a Guardian ad Litem in California Divorce and Custody Cases

By Cardwell Steigerwald Young LLP |

When a Guardian ad Litem is appointed in a California child custody matter, some roles and powers may shift. This is because the presumption of the court is to assume that a minor child’s parents will pursue the child’s best interests. When a Guardian ad Litem becomes involved, however, it is now  that person’s… Read More »

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Divorce and Social Media: Beware

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Social media can be a blessing – but do not forget or underestimate that it can also be a curse. While social media can bring so much good to those who use it – keeping in touch with far-away family, even providing a source of income for many influencers – you should not be… Read More »

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Big Pitfalls to Watch for in California Prenuptial and Postnuptial Agreements

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Kevin Costner and his ex-wife, Christine Baumgartner, just finalized their divorce after months of contentious back-and-forth that played out in front of the media. While the divorce was primarily settled back in September of 2023, there were key items that were finally finalized in February of 2024. Some of the most hotly-debated items revolved… Read More »

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What to do if a Spouse is Hiding Assets in Divorce

By Cardwell Steigerwald Young LLP |

Besides the emotional turmoil that can come so easily in a divorce, many also have to face significant financial consequences of divorce. Whether you are exiting a marriage with more or less than you entered into it with – the division of property in a divorce usually means that the divorcing parties will lose… Read More »

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