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California mediation attorney, CaIifornia annulment lawyerAnnulment is a term many people have heard, but in legal practice annulments are rare. Still, if your marriage qualifies for an annulment, it could change many things about the dissolution of your marriage.

An annulment is granted when the parties wish to end their marriage, and a court determines that the marriage was never valid and never existed. A divorce is granted when the parties wish to end their marriage, and the marriage was validly entered into.

A marriage can always be annulled if there is incest or bigamy. Incest happens when spouses are close blood relatives. Bigamy is when a spouse is already married to someone else when he or she marries a second time.

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California mediation attorney, California divorce lawyerIf you and your spouse have decided you want a mediator to handle your divorce, the first step you must undertake is selecting a San Jose divorce mediator. This is an important decision because it will set the tone for the entire process.

Determine the mediator’s style.

There are many styles of mediators. While there is no “right style,” there is a right fit between mediator and divorcing couple. Asking the mediator what his or her style is can help you pick a mediator. For example, some mediators guide the discussion by asking questions and making deferential comments, which allows the divorcing clients to reach their own decisions. Other mediators provide firmer guidance with proposals based on how a court would likely resolve the issue.

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California divorce attorney, California mediation lawyerWhen a pet-owning couple goes through a divorce, which spouse retains custody of the animals can be a contentious issue. While many people consider pets to be part of the family, California law considers pets to be property.

California has many laws on child custody, but it has no laws that specifically govern what happens to pets when owners divorce. For this reason, a court will not rule on a custody agreement for animals the way it would if there are children involved. Instead, it may consider the pet to be an asset of the marriage, much the same way a car or computer would be considered.

Because of this, many people find that mediation is a better way to resolve pet custody issues. With mediation, the parties are not bound to treat their divorce the same way a court would. In mediation, a pet would not automatically be classified as property. Rather, a pet’s best interest and well-being could be considered. In a mediation, a pet would be treated as a member of the family who is also affected by the changes that come with divorce.

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California child custody attorney, California mediation lawyerDuring a divorce, many topics are necessary to consider. None of them are insignificant as each detail assisted in building a life together. However, one of the larger situations that require careful consideration is the child custody and visitation arrangements. The decisions made affect not only the adults in the situation but also the children and will continue to influence everyone involved for the years to come. The best solution is chosen during divorce mediation, or a judge can lay out a plan of action through divorce litigation.

Understanding Custody

There is more to determining custody than just with whom the child will live. Two forms of care need establishing, both physical and legal custody. Each of these types of care has various options within them. Understanding the options makes the decision-making process easier, so let us explain.

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California divorce attorney, California mediation lawyerYour marriage is coming to an end. No matter how long it lasted, this portion of your life changed you. You built a life together, no matter the condition of it. Now you are returning to the single life but a little older, maybe some children, and maybe some items. To get there, all the life that you created needs to be systematically divided. For business owners, there is the additional duty to divide up the company. Will you go into your new life with or without a business?

Business Acquisition

There is no “one size fits all” solution to any property division during divorce. What works for one family will not function for another. Each household situation is as unique and different as a thumbprint. However, there are guidelines and stipulations that a judge would follow, should your divorce require litigation. Most of the emphasis is placed on the acquisition of the asset itself. In the case of a business entity, it is more than just who purchased it and at what point in the marriage it was acquired. Consideration is given to:

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