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December 2015 Archives

Helping same-sex couples who seek to end their relationships

While same-sex California couples have generally had more rights than those in many other states, the road to marriage equality has still been a bumpy one. Before Proposition 8 was overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2013, ending the ban on same-sex marriage in our state, many gay couples in California chose to codify their relationship through state registered domestic partnerships. Some of these couples went on to marry each other when they were able to.

What will happen to separate property in a child custody issue?

There are many issues that come up and are intertwined when you get a divorce. If you are in the process of separating and you have children, it gets even more complicated. If you are trying to get separate property out of the divorce, having children will make a difference. If the custody of children has been awarded to you and you are supporting them, you may find it easier to receive a positive outcome. Separate property would be assets that you owned before the marriage or were given to you because you were an heir and your relative passed away during the marriage.

Divorce for green card holders can affect citizenship

Getting married is usually a joyous occasion. Most times, it is for love and the marriage is a match made in heaven for everyone. Other times, though, the marriage is to expedite the process of getting American citizenship for one of the spouses. You can see this type of marriage on television and in popular movies. Federal authorities have stated that, in a shifty deal, the first lady of the state of Oregon, Cylvia Hayes, married a foreigner from Ethiopia in order for him to get his green card. She was paid $5,000 for the marriage.

Prenuptial agreement may be for you

Getting married is an exciting time. You have found the person you want to spend the rest of your life with and the day is quickly approaching when you won't be alone anymore. Sometimes, perhaps because you have been married before, you are aware that some marriages end in divorce. Talking about a prenuptial agreement can be daunting, but at the same time, it can be freeing. You and your soon-to-be spouse lay it all on the table and have an honest discussion about what happens if the marriage ends.

Limited scope representation: We can help

There is no such thing as one-size-fits-all family law representation. Some people going through extremely adversarial divorces may need comprehensive legal counsel, but it's also common for clients to have a question or issue that only involves one aspect of family law. At Cecil & Cianci, our experienced lawyers can help you navigate any and all issues related to your divorce or other family law situations.

Court rules that Sherri Shepherd is legal mother of child

Many of our readers are familiar with the saga of actress and former co-host of "The View," Sherri Shepherd and her ex-husband with whom she had a child via a surrogate when the two were married. When the marriage broke up, Shepherd attempted to have her name removed from the baby's birth certificate and the surrogacy contract voided.

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