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How Hiking Helped Me Move Past The Pain Of Divorce

By Brittany Wong If there’s ever a time you need a little distraction in your life, it’s during the divorce process. That’s why we launched our Divorce Care Package series. With each post, we’ll show you what things — books,

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Can I get back my down payment?

If you bought a home in San Jose, it probably came at a hefty price.  The down payment may come from the money you and your spouse saved together, the money one of you or both of you saved before

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Date of Separation Revisited

The date of separation is a critical issue in characterizing property and the length of marriage for the purposes of spousal support duration. In a previous post, I talked about In re. Marriage of Davis, a 2015 decision that defined the date

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another reason why you must understand the difference between separate property and community property; a few more words about tracing

In re. Marriage of Bonvino was decided in 2015.  This case highlights the importance of tracing in property characterization. I already talked about how understanding separate property and community property can mean the difference between financial ruin and keeping your money.

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why understanding the difference between separate property and community property can mean the difference between a favorable outcome and financial ruin

Husband bought his home in San Jose in 1993. He bought it together with his parents. Husband and parents used their money for the down payment. Husband and parents were on title to the home. Husband got married in 2001.

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we are filing for divorce, but we are still living together. what is our date of separation? 

With the cost of living in San Jose and the Bay Area, many people cannot afford to move out and stay under the same roof while going through divorce. In San Jose in particular, it is the high rent that

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How to prepare a successful fiancé visa petition

If you are a U.S. citizen planning to marry a foreign national, a fiancé visa (K-1 visa) is the way to get your fiancé to the U.S.  It is important to note that a fiancé visa is only available to

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Common Issues in a San Jose Divorce

The San Jose area has experienced tremendous growth in the last 20 years. Knowing how to deal with complex property division issues means the difference between a successful out come and compromising your rights. Here is what commonly comes up

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Keeping your Dignity

What is keeping your dignity? Here are the things I tell clients when we talk about keeping dignity. The course your divorce takes depends on you. If your spouse wants nothing else but to push your buttons, you have to

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Divorce and Bankruptcy

Many people going through divorce use credit cards to finance their living expenses.  This is how questions about what to do with the mounting debt come up.  People have different feelings about bankruptcy.  However, depending on your situation, filing for

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