7 Questions to Answer Before Getting a Divorce Without a Lawyer

Living in a marriage that's gradually running out of steam can be very difficult. Sooner or later, it will occur to one of the spouses that anything, even divorce, would be better than to continue as things are. This is a hard mental hurdle to jump over, especially if you cherish your married identity or have children from the marriage, but once you've crossed the threshold and made the decision, it's time to make some serious choices that will affect how things go. Divorce without a lawyer is most people's goal when they start the process, and with any luck, the immense resource drain of...


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Approaching Social Media Before, During and After Divorce

Social media has become irrevocably tied to modern lifestyle, and most people currently considering or dealing with divorce have at least one active social network account. While there's nothing wrong with remaining active on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or other platforms during and following your divorce, if you're hoping for an easy divorce process, take time to consider a few things related to your online profiles.


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Difference Between a Separation, an Annulment, and a Simple Divorce?

When people consider the end of a marriage, they're usually thinking about a simple divorce. That is how most marriages end, but it's certainly not the only option. When you and your spouse come to the end of your married life together, you may be confused over the difference between a divorce, an annulment, and a legal separation. Each of these is a unique way to end a marriage, and one option may be preferable to the others, given your family's situation. Before you file papers or are served with papers by your spouse, it's important to get familiar with these terms and decide whether a...


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Common-Law Property Versus Community Property

Whether you're trying for an amicable divorce and handling the process with online templates or you're expecting a fight from your spouse in court, it's important to have a good understanding of marital property and what things are really yours. Many people who go through the divorce process are surprised to find that the things they believed were theirs alone were considered joint property — and an equal number are unpleasantly surprised to find out that what they thought were joint assets really belonged solely to the other person.


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Divorced Dad Dispatches

I made a lot of mistakes during my marriage. But the mistakes that still keep me up at night are the ones I made during my divorce.

I was married for ten years and three months – a “marriage of long duration,” as it’s called in California – after living in sin with my wife for two years before tying the knot. There were some real good years and many great times, during that decade, including the birth of our two daughters. I never imagined that my marriage would end. But inevitably, things went south. The demise of our marriage happened in the same way a character in a famous novel...


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