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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

SHOULD I CREATE A CALIFORNIA PRENUPTIAL AGREEMENT?

Don't prenups indicate a lack of trust?  Even though one in ten couples enter into some kind of prenuptial or premarital agreement (“prenups”), many fiancĂ©s remain reluctant to consider a prenup because they believe it seems unromantic and indicates a lack of trust. There are several reasons why this reluctance is misplaced.
You can gain control over your future financial situation.  If you don’t sign a prenup, your marriage will be governed by a complex set of laws. In California, these laws are the California Family Code and Probate Code. The choice is between a set of rules negotiated by you and your fiancĂ©, or those imposed by the State, over which you will have no control. And remember, prenups can be drafted to protect both spouses, not just a wealthy spouse.
To continue viewing this article by Susan Bishop please click below:
http://www.divorcenet.com/states/california/california_prenuptial_agreements
For more information, contact the Family Law Offices of Renee M. Marcelle at (415) 456-4444, or online at http://www.familylawmarin.com/

NBA STAR DWAYNE WADE ON BEING A SINGLE DAD

I'm on the road a lot during the NBA season. Needless to say, I miss my sons, Zaire, who's 10, and Zion, 5, so much when I'm gone. As a single dad with sole custody of my children, keeping the lines of communication open while I'm traveling is the top priority. Zaire has a BlackBerry, and he loves to text and use instant messaging. Some days, we exchange up to 50 messages between us. Zion keeps asking if he can have his own phone, but I told him he has to wait until he's at least 7. For now, phone calls and Skype will have to do.
When I'm away, we always set aside a specific time to talk every day, no matter what. When I was in China, we still had our daily phone call. I always ask how their day was. Even though I'm not there, I still want to share in the experience of being home: something new they learned in school that day, or an accomplishment they made on the basketball court. It comes down to two words: attention and affection. You never want your children to have to look outside of their parents for those two things.
To continue viewing this article by Dwayne, please click below:
http://www.parenting.com/article/dwayne-wade-single-dad
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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

WHY ENGAGED COUPLES SHOULD SIGN A PRE-NUP

Although prenuptial agreements are often associated with celebrity couples -- and their headline-generating divorces -- they're not just for boldface names.
Any couple who brings personal or business assets to the marriage can benefit from a prenup. The most basic of these contracts lists an inventory of premarital assets that in the event of a divorce will remain the property of their original owner.
To continue viewing this article by Robert DiGiacomo please click below:
http://www.bankrate.com/finance/personal-finance/engaged-couples-sign-prenup-1.aspx
For more information, contact the Family Law Offices of Renee M. Marcelle at (415) 456-4444, or online at http://www.familylawmarin.com/

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

THE MOST IMPORTANT THING ABOUT DATING AS A SINGLE PARENT

When it comes to dating as a single parent, there is one single most important thing to consider, above everything else:
Would you allow your potential partner to date your child? Or in other words, is your potential partner good enough for your kids?Time and time again, I see women and men dating people who don't exactly cut it: The man whose girlfriend treats him like a bank account and handyman; The woman whose boyfriend treats her like a "sidepiece" and inconvenience.
To continue viewing this column by Laura Lifshitz please click below:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/laura-lifshitz/the-most-important-thing-_4_b_7989072.html?utm_hp_ref=divorce&ir=Divorce
For more information, contact the Family Law Offices of Renee M. Marcelle at (415) 456-4444, or online at http://www.familylawmarin.com/

10 LESSONS MY DIVORCE TAUGHT ME ABOUT LASTING LOVE

I've learned a lot of lessons over the last 20 years since my divorce. It dawned on me recently that even though I didn't have a divorce party (just wasn't in the mood) it doesn't mean that I can't mark the 20th anniversary of my divorce in some way.  So here it goes, my list of the 10 most important lessons I've learned in the last two decades:
1. Your partner is not going to change. In other words, you can't change a cat into a dog. Love just isn't enough to significantly alter a person's basic nature and upbringing. For instance, if you fall in love with someone who is reserved and you need outward signs of affection to feel secure, you'll feel chronically dissatisfied. Most likely, these differences will probably erode loving feelings over time and diminish positive interactions in your relationship.
To continue viewing this column by Terry Gaspard, MSW, LFCSW please click below:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/terry-gaspard-msw-licsw/10-lessons-my-divorce-taught-me-about-lasting-love_b_7985848.html?utm_hp_ref=divorce&ir=Divorce
For more information, contact the Family Law Offices of Renee M. Marcelle at (415) 456-4444, or online at http://www.familylawmarin.com/

Friday, August 14, 2015

8 PIECES OF ADVISE FOR DIVORCE IN YOUR 20's

It's easy to be hard on yourself when going through divorce in your 20s. While all your friends are busy planning their weddings on Pinterest, you're planning a new life without your spouse and dealing with mounting legal bills.
To make the process a little easier, we asked experts -- divorce lawyers, psychologists and financial advisors -- to offer their best advice. Here's what they had to say:
1. Chalk the divorce up to a lapse in judgment. 
Don't fall into the trap of feeling like a failure for splitting up in your 20s. Forgive yourself and remember that you were young and maybe a little naive when you said "I do," said Andra Brosh, a Los Angeles-based psychologist. 
To continue viewing this article by Brittany Wong please click below:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/what-you-need-to-know-before-divorcing-in-your-twenties_55ccdd65e4b064d5910acb15?utm_hp_ref=divorce&ir=Divorce&section=divorce&kvcommref=mostpopular
For more information, contact the Family Law Offices of Renee M. Marcelle at (415) 456-4444, or online at http://www.familylawmarin.com/

HOW WE HAVE KEPT OUR SON FROM FEELING LIKE HE IS FROM A BROKEN HOME

A family may change after divorce but it doesn't have to fall apart. Just ask Heather Belanger. The remarried mom of two prides herself on the close co-parenting relationship she shares with her ex-husband Tony.
"As far as my son is concerned, it's normal to see mom and dad at each other's homes and to see mom and dad there for all of those special moments in his life," Heather told The Huffington Post recently.
Below, she shares more about her blended family. 
Hi Heather. Please introduce us to your family.  
At my house we have me, my husband Mike, our daughter Grace (1) and my son Alex (5). At Alex's dad's house, there's his dad Tony, Tony's girlfriend Jesse, plus their 3-year-old daughter Violet. 
Tony and I have been divorced since February 2013, but separated since 2011.
To continue viewing this article by Brittany Wong please click below:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/how-weve-kept-our-son-from-feeling-like-hes-from-a-broken-home_55cd14b3e4b055a6daafe56f?utm_hp_ref=divorce&ir=Divorce&section=divorce&kvcommref=mostpopular
For more information, contact the Family Law Offices of Renee M. Marcelle at (415) 456-4444, or online at http://www.familylawmarin.com/

Thursday, August 13, 2015

THE SUPREME COURT's IMPACT ON SAME SEX MARRIAGE AND DIVORCE

In a truly historic decision, the Supreme Court ruled in the case of Obergefell v. Hodges that same-sex couples may exercise the fundamental right to marry in all states. As Justice Kennedy eloquently stated in the Court's majority opinion:
"It would misunderstand these men and women to say they disrespect the idea of marriage. Their plea is that they do respect it, respect it so deeply that they seek to find its fulfillment for themselves. Their hope is not to be condemned to live in loneliness, excluded from one of civilization's oldest institutions. They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right." 
To continue viewing this article by James McLaren please see: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/james-mclaren/the-supreme-courts-impact-on-same-sex-marriage-and-divorce_b_7688396.html
For more information, contact the Family Law Offices of Renee M. Marcelle at (415) 456-4444, or online at http://www.familylawmarin.com/

AMICABLE DIVORCE IS THE NEW BLACK

America's beloved celebrity couple, Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner, known colloquially as "Bennifer" marked their 10 year anniversary this week with a divorce.
But Affleck and Garner shocked tabloids with a public statement brimming with amicable divorce language, defying the drama-hungry hype:
"After much thought and careful consideration, we have made the difficult decision to divorce. We go forward with love and friendship for one another and a commitment to co-parenting our children." 
To continue viewing this article by Michelle Crosby please see: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michelle-crosby/amicable-divorce-is-the-n_b_7716846.html
For more information, contact the Family Law Offices of
Renee M. Marcelle at (415) 456-4444, or online at http://www.familylawmarin.com/

Monday, August 10, 2015

7 FINANCIAL STEPS TO TAKE WHEN GETTING A DIVORCE

The financial effects of divorce could be worse than any downturn in the economy. An average bear market lasts 15 months and results in a 32 percent loss in investments, according to investment firm Edward Jones. Meanwhile, a divorce can wipe out 50 percent of a person’s assets and never ends, says Ken Moraif, founder and senior advisor of Dallas-based financial firm Money Matters.
“Financially, there are few things more devastating than a divorce,” Moraif says.
Even the most amicable divorce will result in divided assets and lost household income, but you may be able to minimize the damage by following these seven steps.
To continue viewing this article by Maryalene LaPonsie please click:
http://money.usnews.com/money/personal-finance/articles/2015/08/07/7-financial-steps-to-take-when-getting-a-divorce?utm_hp_ref=divorce&ir=Divorce
For more information, contact the Family Law Offices of Renee M. Marcelle at (415) 456-4444, or online at http://www.familylawmarin.com/

WHAT IT'S LIKE TO MEET YOUR EXES NEW LOVE ON SOCIAL MEDIA

My ex has a girlfriend.
I don't know how serious it is or how serious it isn't, but she's there. Just hanging out on his Facebook page, silently.
She's there, just casually mentioned by him a month ago.
Whether she's a she of importance or a she of the moment, she's there.
It's the first girlfriend post separation in the land of divorce.
He technically "won" the race, as in, he is the first person to move on, and not me.
This bothered me initially.
Like, "Why not me?"
My stomach turned seeing her face on his Facebook page.
But then I took another look and my first thought was, "She looks nice. Happy. Harmless."
I told my friends, "I can't hate her," and I can't. Maybe I am supposed to, but she looks like a nice and normal woman. I am relieved--and hopefully she is nice and normal!
To continue viewing this article by Laura Lifshitz please click below:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/laura-lifshitz/what-its-like-to-meet-you_b_7914616.html?utm_hp_ref=children-of-divorce
For more information, contact the Family Law Offices of Renee M. Marcelle at (415) 456-4444, or online at http://www.familylawmarin.com/

Friday, August 7, 2015

WHY I'M JEALOUS OF MY DIVORCED FRIENDS

With so many celebrity divorces occurring right now, I though I would share my opinion on the subject. Divorce is a part of life. I have many divorced friends. Over the past 12 years I have seen at least half of my married friends relationships end in divorce. Divorce is sad, causes a lot of pain, and is a very difficult process. I am not jealous of any of that portion of the divorce. I am however jealous of the happy, after the fact divorced friends of mine who share custody of their children. I am in no way jealous of divorced full-custody parents who have to go it alone. Those people are saints. I am going to be honest and tell you why.
To continue viewing this article by Meredith Masony please click below:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/meredith-masony/why-im-jealous-of-my-divorced-friends_b_7935958.html
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5 BENEFITS OF BEING DIVORCED AND SINGLE

You went out as a couple with other couples, many of your friends were married so conversations were often about shared marital issues and people around you saw you as “married.” And then when it ended and with a blink of an eye, you become….single. Like a scarlet letter written on your forehead, suddenly you are treated and looked at differently and have to renegotiate your social circle and identity.
Many people tend to dwell on the negative aspects of divorce. But divorce doesn’t have to be all gloom and doom filled with desperation. In fact, this is an opportunity to embrace your new life as a divorcee by using your freedom as a way of meeting new people and actually focusing with what YOU want separate from your spouse.
To continue reading this column by Kimberly Seltzer please click below:
http://digitalromanceinc.com/mens/divorced-and-single-5-benefits/
For more information, contact the Family Law Offices of Renee M. Marcelle at (415) 456-4444, or online at http://www.familylawmarin.com/

Thursday, August 6, 2015

COLLABORATIVE LAW

A confidential and transparent process which takes place privately by legal professionals who leave the armor at home. While still your advocate, they are highly trained in a process based dispute resolution system which weighs heavily on the parties, counsel and often times financial or child custody professionals working together to develop an agreement taking into account and to the extent possible, each party’s needs, interests and concerns. This process also may also include mental health professionals, called divorce coaches, to enhance the climate and move parties and or their counsel to conclusion in a reasonably harmonious way. Like mediation, settlements can be drafted in ways which do not reveal personal or private matters.
Written by:  Renee M. Marcelle
For more information, contact the Family Law Offices of Renee M. Marcelle at (415) 456-4444, or online at http://www.familylawmarin.com/

MEDIATION

In most cases mediation is a faster process then the adversarial process. Dissolution issues may be resolved in as little as 1-2 sessions and up to 10 or more depending on the complexity of the case. Mediation in California is absolutely confidential. Nothing said during mediation may be introduced into any Court hearing, declaration or trial. Divorce judgements may be drafted in ways which do not reveal personal or private matters. For example the parties could agree that assets and debts not be listed in a Marital Settlement Agreement yet the executory provisions which need an enforcement mechanism be listed therein.
Mediation works best when the parties are transparent regarding all material information and facts concerning any asset or debt. Mediation is an optimal resolution dispute remedy only when there exists a level playing field as between parties. Most mediators will require each party to have a consulting attorney to explain the law and how it applies. Parties may choose to not apply the law in their circumstances or only partially. You may chose to bring your attorneys to mediation, but in either event parties and counsel will be asked to approve the agreement in writing.
Written by:  Renee M. Marcelle
For more information, contact the Family Law Offices of Renee M. Marcelle at (415) 456-4444, or online at http://www.familylawmarin.com/ --

9 TIPS FOR THE NEWLY SINGLE FROM THE FINALLY MARRIED

For the record, I'm not divorced, nor have I ever been. But I have been single for most of my life, until last year when I got married for the first time at the age of 51.
So what does a newly married, never-been-divorced person know about divorce? Other than experiencing my own parents' divorce as an 8-year-old only child, absolutely nothing.
But I do know a thing or two about being single, and being on your own.
To continue viewing this article by Treva Brandon please click below:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/treva-brandon/9-tips-for-the-newly-sing_b_7926268.html?utm_hp_ref=divorce&ir=Divorce
For more information, contact the Family Law Offices of Renee M. Marcelle at (415) 456-4444, or online at http://www.familylawmarin.com/ --

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

HOW TO AVOID PUBLIC COURT FILES

How to avoid public court files which reveal personal information to the media or anyone interested enough to view your court file.

Often celebrity, public figures and exceedingly wealthy clients as well as those who wish to remain private or keep their court file out of the hands of their future grown children, may agree with their opposing party to choose one of the following dispute resolution vehicles.

Private Judging: This dispute resolution remedy can effectively resolve disputes, in most cases more expeditiously and often more economically than the typical adversarial process. Additionally private judges may have qualitatively better family law experience than the judicial officers at court.

This process may include settlement conferences, case-management conferences, hearings on 1 or more issues, and trial. A private judge is endowed with the authority of the court and matters may be appealed similar to typical court decisions in the case of judicial error or abuse of discretion. Alternatively the parties could choose a more informal process from their private judge to streamline resolution of the issues.

While although technically this option is subject to possible attendance by the media in rare instances and typically only in the case of celebrity, will that happen. In the current economic climate private judging makes sense given that in most cases parties must provide for their own court reporters due to court budget cutbacks. What is more important the costs for employing a private judge can often be saved by avoiding delays alone; for example, repeated returns to court requiring counsel to review and prepare the issues multiple times to stay sharp with the facts and applicable law can be prohibitively expensive.

Written by Renee Marcelle
For more information, contact the Family Law Offices of Renee M. Marcelle at (415) 456-4444, or online at http://www.familylawmarin.com/ --

GWEN STEFANI, GAVIN ROSSDALE FILE FOR DIVORCE

Monday was D-Day — divorce day — for yet another celebrity couple: Rock stars Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale are splitting after 13 years of marriage.
The couple filed divorce papers in Los Angeles Superiror Court, Stefani first, then Rossdale, said court spokeswoman Mary Hearn, according to The Associated Press.
Stefani cited irreconcilable differences for the breakup and both are seeking joint custody of their three children.
To continue viewing this article by Maria Puente please click below:
http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/2015/08/03/gwen-stefani-gavin-rossdale-file-divorce/31085523/
For more information, contact the Family Law Offices of Renee M. Marcelle at (415) 456-4444, or online at http://www.familylawmarin.com/

STEPPARENTING - NINE TIPS TO HELP MOM AND STEPMOM WORK TOGETHER FOR THE KIDS

She’s the dreaded “next.” She’s the woman who lives in your ex’s house, sleeps in his bed and has your kids every other weekend. And the U. S. Census Bureau says there are 1,300 of her created every day. When living-together families are included in the definition of the stepfamily, the National Survey of Families and Households estimates that 50 percent of all women are likely to live in a stepfamily relationship.
Because of the breakup of their biological families and their parents' desire for a second chance at love, 50 percent of the 60 million children under the age of 13 are currently living with one biological parent and that parent's current partner. Stepfamilies are not doing so well. Two out of three will fail, largely due to conflicts over children. A Boston University study reported that more than 75 percent of the career women who had married men with children said that if they had do it again they would not marry a man with children.
To continue viewing this article by Laurie Moison please click below:
http://www.divorce360.com/divorce-articles/remarriage/step-children/the-ex-and-the-next.aspx?artid=929
For more information, contact the Family Law Offices of Renee M. Marcelle at (415) 456-4444, or online at http://www.familylawmarin.com/

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

CA DIVORCE - DIVIDING PROPERTY

Couples going through a divorce must decide how to divide their property and debts—or ask a court to do it for them. Under California’s community property laws, assets and debts spouses acquire during marriage belong equally to both of them, and they must divide them equally in divorce. Some couples are able to agree on how to divide all their property and debts. Couples who can’t manage this will end up going to court to ask for a decision from an arbitrator or a judge.
To continue viewing this article by Susan Bishop please click below:
http://www.divorcenet.com/resources/divorce/marital-property-division/california-divorce-dividing-pr
For more information, contact the Family Law Offices of Renee M. Marcelle at (415) 456-4444, or online at http://www.familylawmarin.com/

THE BASICS OF ANNULMENT

Annulment is a frequently misunderstood legal concept, because popular culture and religion have presented differing and often inaccurate views of what an annulment is in terms of family law. This article focuses on "civil annulments," not "religious annulments," which can only be granted by a church or clergy member.
Annulments and divorces are similar in the sense that they make a determination about marital status. But the vital difference between them is that divorce ends an existing, valid marriage, whereas annulment simply declares that what everyone thought was a marriage was never actually a marriage at all. In the eyes of the law, an annulled marriage never really existed.
To continue viewing this article by Amy Castillo please click below:
http://www.divorcenet.com/resources/annulment/annulment-basics/california
For more information, contact the Family Law Offices of Renee M. Marcelle at (415) 456-4444, or online at http://www.familylawmarin.com/

Monday, August 3, 2015

JOINT CUSTODY AS A CONSIDERATION

Joint custody is a wonderful concept that is difficult to achieve. It requires two very special parents concerned enough about their children to put their own disputes aside when it comes to the children. While it requires a major commitment and a great deal lot of work, it is more than worth the effort if you realize even part of its promise. 
Rather than shooting for the moon, and programming a likely failure to achieve the ideal joint custody, strive instead for the more attainable aspects that most easily fit your established lifestyles.
To continue viewing this article by Divorce Source please click below:
http://www.divorcesupport.com/divorce/Joint-Custody-as-a-Consideration-121.html
For more information, contact the Family Law Offices of Renee M. Marcelle at (415) 456-4444, or online at http://www.familylawmarin.com/ --

PUTTING THE FOCUS ON YOUR CHILDREN

Disputes about property or support all come down to a matter of money. This issue is different: it’s all about your children. You don’t resolve child custody problems by throwing in a few more dollars. The good news is that you will find it surprisingly easy to work out a custody plan.   
We have a lot of child custody topics to cover: your children, identifying specific goals, learning how to pursue objectives and discovering ways to work out your custody plan. Knowing that the court will decide where your children will live—if you can’t—should be all the encouragement you need. 
To continue viewing this article on Divorce Support please click below:
http://www.divorcesupport.com/divorce/Putting-the-Focus-on-Your-Children-118.html
For more information, contact the Family Law Offices of Renee M. Marcelle at (415) 456-4444, or online at http://www.familylawmarin.com/