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San Diego Child Custody Lawyers: What is joint custody?

March 14, 2013

San Diego Child Custody Lawyers : What is joint custody? The terms our courts use when you are going through a divorce don’t always make common sense. The vocabulary seems foreign. Most folks do not really understand the difference between joint custody, sole custody and legal custody. So, let’s spend a little time talking about…

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Divorce papers served in California from Facebook

January 11, 2013

Serving divorce papers via social media! Pioneering approach drives lawyer to a first: Divorce papers served in California from Facebook Account As the Facebook status notes: “It’s complicated!” December 24, 2012: Attorney Paul Staley of The Law Office of Paul Staley in San Diego decided to serve a petition for divorce on behalf of his…

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Separation vs Divorce

July 12, 2012

 Separation vs Divorce? What you should know Many people have heard the term “legal separation”  but do not really know what the term actually means.   When I was a child before no fault divorce, it was much more common for a couple to separate than divorce.  These days legal separation is still useful in certain situations due to finances, health…

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Shared Custody Schedules

June 4, 2012

what are shared custody schedules?  San Diego Child Custody Attorney: What determines custody and visitation? I’d like to talk to you about custody and visitation in family courts in San Diego. You may be confused with the terminology used by the judges and the mediators regarding custody. What’s legal custody? What’s physical custody? What’s joint…

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Who should leave the house in a divorce first?

June 4, 2012

Does it matter who leaves the house in a divorce first? San Diego Divorce Attorney and Family Law Attorney, Paul Staley, hears the question “Who should leave the house in a divorce first?” often over the years. In some states that a crucial question, fortunately, here, in California, —not so much. Getting divorced is hard!…

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Divorce and the laws of physics

May 13, 2012

San Diego Divorce Attorney explores Divorce and the laws of physics Paul Staley has some thoughts for the person who has heard one or more horror stories about divorces gone foul. Someone asked me what I want people to walk away – the one thing I want them to remember when they decide to go forward in…

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Who will get custody of our children?

March 30, 2012

Who will get custody of our children?

Child custody is arguably the most challenging aspect of a divorce .  While it’s a difficult topic to approach, it’s always helpful to know up-front what the options are in your state.  This way, you’re not blindsided by new information while trying to co-parent and be separated at the same time. Who will get custody…

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Divorce without a lawyer?

March 29, 2012

Divorce without a lawyer   In my practice I get calls every day from people who have chosen to divorce without a lawyer, even in cases involving homes, children, pension plans, or all of the above and more. They later discovered that some part of the court proceedings that could easily have been resolved with…

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How much power does a Family Court Judge have?

April 16, 2011

The power of a Family Court Judge    Most family law cases are decided by the family court judges. But there is a before that time that if used well and prepared for can give you an advantage. Before though you see a family court judge you will go into family court mediation. Getting prepared for Family court mediation well and thoroughly can spare you a huge…

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What should I know before Family Mediation at court?

April 15, 2011

San Diego Family Mediation   How Can I Help my Case During a  Family Mediation Session?   If you’re involved in a custody or visitation dispute in Family Court in the state of California, you will be meeting with a Mediator in Family Court Services Mediation.  That is, unless you’re one of the more fortunate who can…

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