Family Law 101: How Child Custody is Determined in California

Married couples with children who decide to take definite steps to formally end their marriage face an important yet difficult issue to resolve - which spouse gets the custody rights over the children. Unfortunately, to the detriment of the children, custody disputes are often one of the most contentious aspects of a divorce. For that reason, the decision to grant custody over the children, as well as the extent of Read More

4 Red Flags That Your Spouse Is Concealing Assets to Receive a Better Settlement

For many couples going through a divorce, the division of assets can be the most contentious aspect of the legal proceedings. Equitable distribution of common marital assets in a divorce is a legal requirement. However, if the couple is not able to reach an amicable solution to this problem, the final decision on how the assets should be divided lies with the court. In that case, a judge is presented with a Read More

Considering Divorce? Ask Yourself These 4 Important Questions Before You Make a Decision

The decision to file for a divorce is never an easy one. Still, when a person’s marriage seems to have collapsed, he or she may see no other choice but to formally end it. While a person who feels trapped in an unhappy marriage may think getting a divorce will greatly improve the quality of their life, many of those who do divorce experience a swath of other issues and problems that are at least equally challenging. Read More

Stop the Abuse: 4 Steps to Take If You Are the Victim of Domestic Violence

Domestic abuse is an issue that affects our society as a whole. For example, a woman is abused every 9 seconds. As many as 1 in 3 women have been in an abusive relationship - and the same holds true for 1 in 4 men. Each year, up to 20 million people are abused by an intimate partner - a number that translates into 20 people every minute. Here at the Carroll Law Office, we treat the issue of domestic abuse and Read More

Landlords: How to Legally Evict a Tenant

Unpaid rent, destroyed property, strained relations with neighbors, and a bad reputation are only a few problems that a troublesome tenant can cause to a landlord. When a tenant repeatedly violates the tenancy agreement, as well as the common rules of social interaction within a building and the community, the landlord may see no other way to solve the problem than eviction. In California, however, eviction must Read More

Adjusting to the “New Normal” – 5 Tips to Help You Move on WIth Your Life Post-Divorce

It’s both a fact and a cliche that divorce is of the most stressful human experiences. However, the period right after the divorce for most people is equally challenging. After the divorce papers have been signed and the marriage is officially and - in most cases - irreversibly over, a person finds themselves in a completely new set of circumstances. These circumstances may relate to their housing situation, Read More

California Estate Planning: What Happens if You Die Without a Will?

Do you need a will? According to one survey, as much as 64% of Americans don’t have one. Yet, if a person dies without a will (that is, intestate), their money and assets are distributed according to the probate laws of their state. Such distribution is called a probate process and is overseen by a judge. However, having one’s wealth divided and distributed through the probate process has some major downsides. Read More

Making it to the Other Side: 6 Tips on How to Protect Your Kids Through the Divorce Process

The breakdown of a marriage and the subsequent divorce takes a great emotional and psychological toll on both spouses. However, they are not the only ones affected by the divorce. The dissolution of a marriage has a lasting negative impact on the children too. If you are currently going through a divorce or have decided that it is the only viable solution in your situation, you are likely worried about the effect Read More

California Family Law 101: The Differences Between a Divorce and an Annulment

If you live in California and know someone who has decided to go their separate ways from their spouse, then you’ve probably heard of an annulment as an alternative to divorce. Oftentimes, people think that they can just get an annulment instead of going through the divorce process, but that isn’t always the case. Annulments and divorces are actually two very different things. So it begs the question: What is the Read More

7 False Statements About California Divorces

Getting divorced is a stressful and all-around difficult process. It often leaves at least one spouse worried that they will lose everything when all is said and done. This belief is due in large part to the many myths and sensationalist tabloid headlines that we regularly encounter about people in the public eye. Fortunately, many of these myths and stories are just that: myths and stories. Divorcing couples Read More