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Do I Have to Pay Support From My Annual Bonus?

If you were lucky enough to receive an annual bonus from your employer this year, you may have a lot of exciting plans for that money. Whether you intended for your bonus to end up in your savings, be spent towards a trip, or go towards any other purchase, the unfortunate truth is that you may not be able to do so if you are divorced. Depending on if you share any children with your ex-spouse, or ...
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Dividing Three-Way Business Partnerships

Dividing business assets is one of the trickiest parts of a divorce. The true value of a business is difficult to determine, and when third parties are involved the process becomes even more confusing. Partnerships are a popular form of business ownership which allows multiple people to open a business with shared ownership. But what happens when someone involved in a partnership gets a divorce? ...
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Getting a Divorce After Contributing to a Home Purchase

The down payment on a home is a huge financial hurdle for nearly any married couple to overcome, so it’s not uncommon for both spouses to contribute to it however they can. In many cases, this involves one or both spouses dipping down into their pre-marital savings, receiving a gift from family, or using assets acquired from the sale of previously held property towards the cost of this ...
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Is My Ex-Spouse Entitled to Enroll the Children in a Private School?

Every parent wants the best for their kids. But what if parents are divorced and their definitions of “best” are not the same? What if the custodial parent wants to enroll the children in an expensive private school and expects the supporting parent to pay for it? Many child support-paying parents come to us asking if they can be forced to pay for private school when they do not think ...
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Community Interest & Your Property Division Agreement

The below story is an example and is not based on an actual client. Patricia has a problem. Patricia had been married to Terry for 25 years before they sought a divorce, and she’s realizing that she hasn’t contributed any quantifiable income to their marriage. See, Terry always had a high-paying job, so Patricia chose to be a stay-at-home mom. During their marriage, Terry made enough ...
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For the Holidays: The Domestic Violence Checklist

For some families, holidays mean higher consumption of alcohol and drugs. If a drug or alcohol abuser also uses domestic violence to frighten or harm loved ones, holidays can be scary times for the victims. There are no national studies proving a firm connection among the various acts of domestic violence and substance abuse (in fact, localized studies I have seen are often mixed on whether there ...
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How to Tell Your Kids About the Breakup

When you and your spouse have decided to separate, there are dozens of vital decisions to make. The one with the most long-term effect will be how you communicate the divorce to your children. The chances are that your children (depending on their age) are already aware that something is amiss. Kids are more perceptive than we give them credit for. Here are some practical tips for having this ...
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What Are a Grandparent's Rights in a Divorce?

A divorce can be painful for nearly all members of a family—especially the grandparents involved. A divorce can weaken the relationship between grandparents and grandchildren, even ending it in some cases. Many struggle with the frustration of not being able to see their grandchildren and not being able to be a part of their lives. In some states, California included, a grandparent can still ...
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3 Things You Must Do After an Injury

We can all agree that injuries resulting from negligence are deeply frustrating. It can feel like your pain and suffering are magnified by how needless and preventable your injuries are. If you’re recovering from a severe injury, the only thing on your mind should be your recovery. Unfortunately, you now need to protect your claim. If it’s remotely possible that someone else caused ...
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Staying Connected with Goldberg & Gille

At Goldberg & Gille, we strive to provide unyielding representation for personal injury victims and family law clients. We understand the intricacies that can go into such legal matters, especially when it comes to family law situations. Our team has tackled a broad range of cases, from truck accidents and slip and fall claims to contested divorces and child custody disputes. We know that this ...
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Advantages of Retaining a Family Law Attorney

Many people picture “good” lawyers as being combative and hot-headed, using volume and dramatic monologues rather than negotiation and sound logic to make their case. This is perhaps due to iconic courtroom scenes in movies and TV shows that have shaped the way people think of legal proceedings, from the loud, hostile back-and-forth of A Few Good Men to the dramatic twists and turns of ...
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Does My Spouse Get a Part of My Business If We Divorce?

For business owners, their company is more than their job. It’s their creation, something with nearly as much personal investment as most relationships. Businesses take up their owners’ time, resources, and attention—so it makes sense that entrepreneurs want to protect their businesses in a divorce, as much as they might want to protect a family heirloom or loved one. For ...
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Am I Responsible for My Spouse's Credit Card Debt in a Divorce?

As you prepare your divorce settlement with your spouse, one issue that may come up is the division of debt. Not only do you and your spouse have to divide up the property and assets that were accumulated during your marriage, you also have to equitably divide the obligations or debts that you accumulated as a married couple. Some examples of debt include: Consumer loans Medical bills Car loans ...
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Will the Court Split All Our Stuff 50 / 50 in Divorce?

In California divorce proceedings, some of the questions most frequently asked by our clients involve alimony and property division. California is a community property state, meaning that the court divides marital property equally, generally speaking. We understand that these questions are very pressing for many of our clients. These are among the issues that affect your future after your divorce. ...
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Published Article about Relocating with Children

Our article, To Relocate or Not to Relocate: What is the Standard? Where Do We Go from Here? ©, was published in the ACFLS Family Law specialist. In the article, we explore the ethics behind relocating with a child after a divorce and what is considered to be truly in the best interest of the child. Move-away requests are usually found in two different circumstances: either when one parent ...
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Our Attorneys Were Published by the ACFLS

We were recently published by the ACFLS Family Law Specialist, for our work on a research article: Clash in Public Policy: Rights of Privacy in Psychotherapeutic/Patient and Physician/Patient Privileges vs. Best Interests of Children. In the article, we discuss the struggle when trying to balance the protection of a child and protecting the privacy rights of a parent or guardian. When regarding ...
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How Is Child Support Determined?

While the first concern of most parents is the well-being of their children, they are also often rightfully concerned about the amount of money that may be required for child support payments. In California, child support guidelines utilize a complex formula to determine how much child support must be paid. This formula takes a wide range of factors into account. The Main Factors That Impact Child ...
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Will My Spouse Get Half of My Business If We Divorce?

When you own a business, the idea of divorce can be downright terrifying. You may be asking yourself, “Is my spouse entitled to half of my business?” Before you start to panic, you should discuss the specifics of your case with a Pasadena divorce lawyer at Goldberg & Gille. An experienced family law firm, like ours, will know how to navigate even the most complicated aspects of ...
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How Long Do I Have to File a Personal Injury Claim?

Overview of California’s Statute of Limitations If you were injured by someone else’s negligent actions, you may have grounds to file a personal injury lawsuit. This would allow you to seek damages for any losses you have suffered, including the cost of your medical treatment and time spent away from work. However, you should know that you only have a certain amount of time to file a ...
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Understanding California's Dog Bite Laws

Who is liable for my dog bite injuries? When it comes to dog bites and animal attacks, California is a strict liability state. This means that a dog owner is strictly liable for the actions of their pet. While some states require the victim to show that the same dog had previously bitten someone else, and that the pet owner was aware of their dog’s prior viciousness, California has no such ...
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What are the Advantages of Establishing Paternity?

If you have a child with your spouse, meaning that you are legally married, there is usually no question about parentage. In this case, the law assumes that the husband is the father. When two parents are unmarried, however, it may be necessary to establish paternity for reasons of financial support and custody. Unless paternity has been established, the father would not be entitled to seek ...
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Community Property vs. Separate Property in CA Divorce

As a community property state, California orders that everything a husband and wife own be split equally between themselves in the event of a divorce. In comparison, other states may direct property division in a manner a judge deems as equitable, or fair, but not completely equal. As a community property state, it is important that the right assets be included in the division process. If one ...
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What To Do After a Car Accident

When you are involved in a car accident, it can be completely life-shaking. In the frenzy following an accident, it is important to stay calm and follow various steps to protect yourself. First and often most importantly, examine the situation to see if you or other passengers sustained any serious injuries. If someone needs medical attention, call for an ambulance right away. It is advisable to ...
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How Do I Link a Birth Injury to Medical Negligence?

Unfortunately, any number of things can go wrong during the birthing process. Complications are not uncommon, but when handled correctly, both the baby and the mother are generally unaffected. When something goes wrong and the attending medical team fails to respond in a reasonably prudent manner, however, people can get hurt. Few things are more devastating than discovering that your newborn ...
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How Should We Divide Our Property?

Advice From a Dedicated, Passionate Lawyer One of the most complicated aspects of a divorce is determining how to fairly and equally divide your assets and debts. The property division process can easily add additional stress and emotion to an already difficult process, which can only further complicate the issue and make it harder to reach a resolution that you both can agree upon. Fortunately, ...
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