The Ultimate Child Custody Guide (For Parents in 2023)

Author: Stephen L. Cawelti is a board certified family law attorney who has specialized in child custody since 2006 in California. He was voted by Pasadena Magazine as one of the “Top Family Law Attorneys” in LA for 7 years in a row and named a “Rising Star” by SuperLawyers. Child custody. It can be […]

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 […]

Domestic Violence Prevention Laws Trump the Right of Free Speech

Most will not be surprised to learn that the right of free speech is not absolute. After all, libel is not freely allowed and we all know that you cannot shout, “Fire!” in a crowded theater, at least not without paying the price. But those remedies normally come after the speech has been uttered. “Prior […]

When Someone’s on a Mission, How do you Survive?

I have several cases now, and tons historically, where one of the parties is “on a mission”.  The missions vary, sometimes these missions are worthy, such as when there is a history of breaches of fiduciary duty, but just as often they are incredible wastes of time, money and energy. Generally, at least one side […]