California divides property using the community property model. This means that marital property is generally divided equally between the spouses with each spouse keeping his or her separate property. Marital property is anything acquired during the marriage, and can include assets, bank accounts, investments, and other assets or properties accumulated in a marriage.
Property division is often one of the most challenging topics in a divorce, as couples tend to disagree on what is considered marital and separate property. In cases where couples are dealing with significant assets and properties, it is important to consult an attorney.
Visitation rights are upheld by a court order. If a parent denies another parent visitation, then this constitutes a violation of a custody and visitation order, and the parent can be subject to penalties. If the other parent is blocking you access to your children, a lawyer can assist you with enforcing the order.
Evidence of family violence or abuse can have an impact on decisions regarding child custody, child support, and spousal support. Courts take domestic violence seriously and will heavily consider these factors when making decisions in order to promote the safety and interests of a child and spouse.
Alimony or spousal support is determined by many factors, such as the length of the marriage, contributions a spouse made towards the education or professional development of the other, each spouse's physical and financial condition, and other factors.
Alimony can be temporary or permanent.
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