Why Intent Matters – the Date of Divorce Intent

By |2021-06-24T23:36:21+00:00June 22nd, 2021|Divorce Process|

Deciding how to divide assets and debts can be one of the touchiest parts of getting divorced. An important factor to consider is what BlissDivorce calls the Date of Divorce Intent. The Date of Divorce Intent is the date you or your spouse told the other you wanted to get divorced, and started acting in a way consistent with this. In other words, your actions have to show that you were serious about what you said. For example, your [...]

Legal Separation and Divorce

By |2021-08-30T18:20:20+00:00August 20th, 2020|Divorce Process, Legal Issues|

There are many factors to consider when thinking about divorce. If you and your spouse are already thinking about living apart, but are considering legal separation as a next step, this article is for you. Here are some things to be aware of when making the decision. What Is “Legal Separation”? A couple can consider themselves separated as soon as they are sleeping in separate rooms. Legal separation, however, is different. In a legal separation, the two spouses remain married [...]

Divorce Tax Considerations

By |2021-06-22T18:15:07+00:00August 13th, 2020|Divorce Process, Legal Issues|

In a divorce, everyone walks away with fewer assets and less property than they had beforehand. If you go to court, the process can also be quite costly.  You may be wondering if there are any tax breaks that you and your spouse can take advantage of.  Here is what you need to know. Property Transfers There are some tax breaks to be aware of if you transfer property from one spouse to another as a part of your divorce [...]

Dividing Household Items

By |2021-01-25T14:13:31+00:00July 11th, 2020|Dealing With Divorce, Divorce Process, Legal Issues|

Your household items are more than just things. They can represent memories, history, and even the marriage itself. Some people can say, "it's just stuff," and move forward. Others may not want physical reminders of their spouse going forward. However, many couples find dividing household items to be one of the most emotionally challenging facets of property division.    Here's what you need to know to make that process easier and simpler.  Household Items Are Community Property  With some exceptions, [...]

Dividing Tax Liabilities

By |2020-08-13T03:35:04+00:00June 26th, 2020|Divorce Process, Legal Issues|

A tax obligation is a debt you owe to a tax authority, such as a city, state, or the federal government. In California, divorcing couples divide tax obligations just like other property. Separate Tax Obligations Sometimes, the tax is owed only by one spouse. If that's the case, you'll have it confirmed as that spouse's obligation. Usually, this is the case when the tax that one of you owes is from before the marriage, or if you filed separately. Joint [...]

Dividing Debts

By |2020-08-20T23:11:10+00:00June 26th, 2020|Divorce Process, Legal Issues|

There are three parties involved in the division of debts in your divorce agreement: you, your spouse, and your creditor. While your divorce agreement is legally binding for you and your spouse, this isn’t true for your creditor.   Here is what that means for the debt-division process.    Whose Debt Is It? In a lot of ways, dividing your debts works just like dividing your assets. However, it’s essential to keep track of who originally owed each debt.    [...]

Proposing Divisions Your Spouse Will Accept

By |2020-08-24T00:23:31+00:00June 26th, 2020|Dealing With Divorce, Divorce Process|

Whether you are working with attorneys or a mediator, hashing out a divorce agreement means bringing proposals for dividing your assets, debts, and tax obligations for your spouse to consider. In this process, it’s important to think about what your spouse will accept. Here are some tips for coming up with proposals. Saving Time In Mediation Creating a divorce agreement without going to court means finding a compromise that both you and your spouse can agree to. Your mediator is [...]

Disclosure: No, really! Disclose everything! 

By |2020-08-21T00:02:49+00:00June 26th, 2020|Dealing With Divorce, Divorce Process|

With all this talk about community and separate property, you might be wondering, “do I really need to disclose everything? What if the account is just mine?”   Figuring out what needs to be disclosed and what doesn’t can seem complicated, but it’s not. The easy rule to remember is disclose everything.   Let’s say that Jen and John are getting divorced. They have a joint bank account like most couples, but Jen also has access to a bank account that she shares [...]

Online Divorce: Can It Really Be That Easy?

By |2021-07-21T18:45:07+00:00May 26th, 2020|Divorce Process|

In a divorce, there are a lot of logistics to work through. Every divorce is unique, and with emotions riding high, working with your spouse to end your marriage equitably can be very difficult. A trial is expensive. The less time you and your spouse can spend in front of a judge, the more money you will save. But mediators and lawyers can also cost a pretty penny. That's why more and more people are choosing to use online tools, [...]

5 Tips to Help You Through Mediation

By |2021-07-21T18:43:43+00:00May 26th, 2020|Divorce Process|

Tip 1. Be flexible and willing to prioritize. You probably know your spouse as well as anyone. Think about which approach will work in mediation. Does your spouse like to feel in charge? Do they love to win? If so, tell your mediator so you can perhaps find areas where you may have more flexibility and can give. There will also likely be areas that are more important to each of you and your mediator can help prioritize them.   [...]

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