How to Keep Your Divorce Amicable (Top 5 Tips)

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Contrary to popular belief, divorce does not have to equate to disaster. Will it be a major life transition? Yes. Will it be stressful? Any major life change typically is. But does it have to be a dog fight?  Absolutely not.  As a divorce lawyer of 17+ years, I have helped countless couples get divorced […]

7 Ways to Lose Custody in California

Child Custody laws vary from state to state, but every court in America agrees that the child’s best interest is the most critical factor in deciding custody arrangements.  In California, the court believes that a child has the right to a relationship with both parents (unless there is abuse involved). With that being said, there […]

How to Divorce a Narcissist (Top 10 Tips)

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Narcissism is a common buzzword in modern society. It is used to label bosses, parents, friends, celebrities, and even spouses. While it is an apt word to describe someone that never seems to be wrong, among other strong characteristics, there is a difference between being clinically diagnosed with narcissistic personality disorder and just possessing some […]

The Ultimate Child Custody Guide (For Parents in 2023)

Child custody. It can be one of the most stressful elements of the divorce process. But it doesn’t have to be.  As a child custody attorney with 16+ years of experience, I’ve composed a guide to help you learn the ins and outs of the child custody process. In This Child Custody Guide You Will Learn… Types […]

Top 7 Questions to Ask Your Divorce Lawyer Before Hiring Them

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Written By: Stephen L. Cawelti APC Stephen Cawelti is a board certified divorce attorney who has specialized in complex family law matters since 2006 in California. He has acted as the lead attorney on hundreds of divorce cases and argued before the Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura County Superior Courts. He was […]

How Long Does it Take to Get a Divorce in California?

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No one wants their divorce to drag on. In fact, once most people decide to get a divorce, they want it over with as quickly as possible. How long does it take to get a divorce in California?  The short answer? Even if you and your ex agree about every aspect of your divorce, California […]

The California Stay-at-Home Parent’s Guide to Divorce

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  Divorce is stressful, especially if you have sacrificed your career to help raise your children. You are left with questions like… How should I approach divorce as a stay at home parent? How will I provide for myself in the future? Will I qualify for child/spousal support? How will I pay for my divorce? […]

Divorcing in California? Here’s How to Protect Your Retirement

  Getting a divorce can be extremely stressful, and a big part of that stress has to do with finances.  The good news? If your divorce is done intelligently, you can minimize the damage done and protect your assets.  The Reality of Splitting Your Retirement in Divorce There is no way around it, unless you […]

7 Tips on How to Make Your Divorce as Painless as Possible

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Divorce is never easy, but it does not have to ruin your life. There are many things that you can do to help make the process easier on you and your family. As a divorce lawyer, I have helped countless individuals through the divorce process. Here are my top 7 tips on how to make […]

Top 5 Ways to Make Divorce Easier on Your Kids

  Written By: Stephen L. Cawelti, Child Custody Attorney Contrary to popular opinion, divorce does not have to be riddled with drama and it does not have to scar your kids. Will your divorce be an adjustment for them? Yes. But there are many things that you can do to make the transition easier on […]