The Difference Between a Legal Separation and a Divorce in California

Making the decision between filing for a legal separation or for filing for a divorce can be challenging. Here is a quick reference to some of the major differences and similarities.

Understanding the Distinctions Between Filing For a Legal Separation and Filing For a Divorce

When filing for either a legal separation or a divorce, it is important to know that both have very similar processes, timelines and costs, but the end result in a divorce is the termination of a marriage. There is a date of separation between the parties in both procedures, which affects how property and finances will be […]

Joint Physical Custody or Sole Physical Custody – What is the Norm?

First of all, what is the difference between joint physical custody and sole physical custody. Charles E. Sherman, author of “How to Do Your Own Divorce in California” explains it simply like this:

“Joint custody” means both joint physical and joint legal custody.
“Joint physical custody” that each parent shall have significant periods of physical custody to be arranged to assure the child of frequent and continuing contact with both parents.
“Joint legal custody” means that both parents shall share the right to responsibility of making decisions relating to the child’s health, education, and welfare. (Non-custodial parent does not have […]

Cost of Same Sex Divorce in Santa Barbara

The flat filing fee for filing a same sex divorce in Santa Barbara County Family Law Court is currently $435.00. The court fees are increased from time to time, so you can always see the most up to date divorce filing fee on the Santa Barbara County Courts fee schedule here. If you are considered low income or receiving some governmental assistance, a fee waiver can be applied to your filing, which would make the cost to file the same sex divorce in Santa Barbara free. More about the fee waiver below.

The filing fee for a same sex divorce in […]

Divorce and Your Pets

It’s no secret that people today love their pets. It’s estimated that in 2014 alone, Americans spent over $58 billion dollars on their animal companions. Many people consider their dogs and cats to be part of the family. Because of this, some divorces include orders regarding pets. The issue of who retains the pet can complicate things. In fact, a recent survey by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) has shown that 27% of AAML respondents reported seeing an increase in the number of couples who fought over the custody of a pet over the past five years. As […]

Social Media – A Double Edged Sword in Divorce

In a recent groundbreaking ruling in Manhattan, a judge ruled that a woman could serve her husband with divorce papers over Facebook because serving him by any other means was considered an “impossibility.” This ruling could provide a basis for the regular use of FaceBook to find missing defendants. With so many spouses having trouble serving their missing partners, this ruling could mean quicker, easier, and less expensive access to divorces for people who previously had more trouble. This is a good thing as it provides a means of access. On the other hand, it’s important to remember that what’s […]