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  • 30 May. 2017

    5 Things You Didn't Know About Fathers' Rights

    Posted By The Buncher Law Corporation

    Families exist in all shapes and sizes, and it is not uncommon for family structures to include divorced or unwed parents. Because California recognizes that non-traditional families exist is many forms, state law provides fathers with certain child custody and visitation rights. After all, fathers play an important role in the lives of their children. Family courts want to ensure that children ...
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  • 23 Feb. 2017

    Sole or Primary Child Custody - What are a Father's Chances of Winning It?

    Posted By The Buncher Law Corporation

    When most entertainment media cover the topic of divorce or family law disputes, there seems to almost always be a father figure cast in a negative light. How many movies have you watched that included an abusive dad that couldn’t control his temper? Or, how many television shows have you seen that presented the mother as a caring, protective figure and the dad too strict and authoritarian? ...
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  • 20 Sep. 2016

    4 Divorce Myths Busted

    Posted By The Buncher Law Corporation

    If you are considering filing for divorce, there is a chance you have heard many contradictory things about the legal process. In fact, some myths may have even prevented you from taking action. Regardless of where you are in the process, it is important to note that much of what you have heard may only be rumor. Our Orange County divorce lawyers at The Buncher Law Corporation have busted four ...
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  • 1 Aug. 2016

    Understanding Separate and Community Property in California

    Posted By The Buncher Law Corporation

    When married couples decide to file for divorce, there are often numerous issues, including child support, child custody, spousal support and more. One of the most important matters that must be dealt with in a timely manner, which can be hotly contested during divorce, involves property division. Oftentimes, couples who are not able to reach a resolution are forced to litigate the issues in ...
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  • 26 Jul. 2016

    You Don't Have To Get Stuck With Your Spouse's Education Loans In A Divorce

    Posted By The Buncher Law Corporation

    There is a reimbursement claim that is often missed by family law attorneys because it is an exception to community property principles. The basic rule of community property is that all debts or assets acquired during marriage belong to both spouses. Such community debts and assets are equally divided. However, this rule does not apply to loans and expenses incurred or paid during a marriage for a ...
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  • 11 Apr. 2016

    Stay Connected With The Buncher Law Corporation

    Posted By The Buncher Law Corporation

    At the Buncher Law Corporation, our entire team is passionate about guiding clients through challenging emotional and legal journeys. Over the years, we’ve navigated the legal process side-by-side with clients from all walks of life, and we are thankful for the relationships we have built with local residents across Orange County. Because we always strive for ultimate client satisfaction, ...
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  • 12 Feb. 2016

    Divorce Filings Sky Rocket During the Month of February

    Posted By The Buncher Law Corporation

    February is often recognized for its extremely popular holiday for lovers, Valentine’s Day, which occurs on February 14. However, this month has also become widely recognized for a contradictory reason! Recently, studies have shown that the amount of divorces skyrocket in February. In fact, Avvo.com reports that divorce filings increase by nearly 40% during that time of year. Many wonder, ...
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  • 12 Jan. 2016

    If a Wedding Gets Cancelled, Who Keeps the Ring?

    Posted By The Buncher Law Corporation

    For one reason or another, some engaged couples never make it to their wedding day. In these difficult circumstances, couples are often left to wonder: what happens to the ring? Laws vary from state to state, so although it may seem logical to assume that the person who gave the ring is entitled to get it back, this is not always the case. Most U.S. states have laws in place specifically dealing ...
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  • 10 Dec. 2015

    I Think I Need A Second Opinion Before I Finalize My Divorce Judgment. Can You Help?

    Posted By The Buncher Family Law Corporation

    Everyone thinks they know a thing or two about family law. Chances are you know someone who's been through a divorce, you've followed a pop culture story about a divorcing celebrity couple, or your friend of a friend of a friend has family law war stories to share. Here's the truth: divorce is a pretty common reality in our society, and it becomes exceedingly difficult to sort out ...
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  • 20 Nov. 2015

    Part Two: My Ex Is Not Paying Support On Time - What Can I Do To Fix This?

    Posted By The Buncher Family Law Corporation

    If you are not able to secure timely support payments with an Income Withholding Order, discussed above, your next best option may be to seek court intervention. An Income Withholding Order (an "IWO") won't be an effective tool for recovery when your ex is self-employed or working in a predominately cash industry, as there are just too many loopholes. If this is the reality, it may ...
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  • 13 Nov. 2015

    Part One: My Ex Is Not Paying Support On Time - What Can I Do To Fix This?

    Posted By The Buncher Law Corporation

    If your spouse, or soon-to-be-ex spouse, is not making court-ordered child support or spousal support payments on time, your most straight forward option is wage garnishment. First, you need to carefully evaluate the court order that established the payments. Does it provide a payment deadline? Typical language usually provides for one-half the total support award to be paid on the first of the ...
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  • 3 Feb. 2014

    Family Support: A Way To Harvest Tax Advantages

    Posted By The Buncher Law Corporation

    In family law cases, the court can order that child or spousal support be paid. While necessary, these orders can wreak havoc on a family's finances. And in divorce actions, there is hardly ever enough money to go around. The rule of thumb is this: child support is not tax deductible for the payor, but spousal support is. This can provide a significant tax advantage to the payor, and the ...
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  • 20 Jan. 2014

    Retaining Experts in Family Law Mediation

    Posted By The Buncher Law Corporation

    Sometimes experts are needed in family law cases to offer opinions and recommendations. For instance, if the value of your house is at issue, a real estate appraiser can be retained to offer a written opinion as to current fair market value. Or if a family business needs to be evaluated, an accountant can be hired to review financial records and assess its worth. The services of experts are often ...
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  • 13 Jan. 2014

    The Basics of Family Law Mediation

    Posted By Buncher Family Law

    Family law mediation presents a way for parties to maintain control of the speed, cost and outcome of their divorce. One of the most significant benefits of mediation is that it allows you to bypass the court's bureaucracy. Your case proceeds on your timetable, and can move as quickly or as slowly as you and your spouse desire. Appointments are scheduled directly with the mediator, and you ...
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  • 16 Dec. 2013

    Can I Retain an Attorney and a Mediator at the Same Time?

    Posted By The Buncher Law Corporation

    You can absolutely retain your own independent attorney, along with a neutral mediator, in any pending family law case. A mediator will remain neutral, and should be retained jointly by you and your spouse. Mediation sessions will be conducted with all parties present, and private negotiations or discussions should only take place with advance notice and consultation. However, many parties also ...
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  • 12 Dec. 2013

    What Information Will A Mediator In A Divorce Proceeding Need?

    Posted By The Buncher Law Corporation

    If you and your spouse decide to pursue mediation, the mediator will need to see the evidence to support your assets and debts before she can help guide you to an agreement. Parties to a dissolution action must complete both an Income and Expense Declaration and a Schedule of Assets and Debts. They must also share their last two years of tax returns, along with the last three months of paystubs or ...
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  • 9 Dec. 2013

    Why Should I Consider Mediating My Divorce?

    Posted By The Buncher Law Corporation

    Mediation offers a convenient forum for you and your spouse to dissolve your marriage without the time and expense associated with a formal court action. Here's how it works: You and your spouse retain a mediator together. The parties work jointly with the mediator to discuss and negotiate specific issues in the case. Negotiations should be transparent, and the mediator should not consult with ...
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  • 28 Nov. 2013

    What You Need To Consider Before Pursuing A Support Modification

    Posted By The Buncher Law Corporation

    Clients often ask about pursuing child and spousal support modifications. However, there are a few things to consider before filing a Request for Order with the court. First, you need to have a firm grasp of what the other party is earning. The best way to obtain information regarding income is to serve Family Law Form 396 on the other party by certified mail. This form, entitled "Request for ...
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  • 14 Nov. 2013

    Did You Know That Common Law Marriage Doesn't Exist in California?

    Posted By The Buncher Law Corporation

    In California, longtime cohabitating couples often believe that after living together for a set number of years, they have established a common law marriage. That may have been true in the 19 th Century. But not today. In California, unmarried partners who break up have rights under what is known as a Marvin Action. A Marvin Action is an action filed in civil court made by one party against ...
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  • 11 Nov. 2013

    Denial of Domestic Violence in a Long Term Relationship - Typical Profile of a Victim

    Posted By The Buncher Law Corporation

    In our experience, if you have been in long term relationship and are asking the question if you or your child has been abused or threatened by your significant other, the odds are that you should have gotten a domestic violence restraining order long ago. When clients come into our office, we often find that they or their children have repeatedly been victims of harassment, psychological or ...
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  • 7 Nov. 2013

    "They Will Deny Everything. I Will Not Be Able to Prove I Need Protection."

    Posted By The Buncher Law Corporation

    Domestic violence victims often fail to seek restraining orders because they fear that it will just be their word against the perpetrator's. However, an experienced restraining order attorney may very well be able to identify information that you did not know you had to prove your case. An attorney experienced at obtaining restraining orders will also be able to advise you how to affordably ...
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  • 4 Nov. 2013

    The Most Common Errors In Seeking Domestic Violence Protective Orders.

    Posted By The Buncher Law Corporation

    There are two common errors that victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, threats, harassment or vandalism commonly make in seeking restraining orders. The single biggest error is delay. It is a big step for a victim to find the courage to seek a protective order. However, a delay of even a couple days can have a dramatic affect on a judge's willingness to take your case seriously. There ...
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  • 15 Aug. 2012

    Truth and a Baby

    Posted By The Buncher Law Corporation

    You’ve heard the old anecdote that the truth is a flower in the eye of the beholder. For every ‘truth’ there are many other truths – facts of the matter that give us a full picture of what is happening and why. Yet, truth is not an Easter egg hunt nor should it be manipulated and mashed into something to fit a particular viewpoint. Since we cannot send mental pictures to ...
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  • 25 Jun. 2012

    Can One Spouse Get a Divorce if the Other Does Not Want It?

    Posted By The Buncher Law Corporation

    Prior to digging deeper into this topic, I want to challenge you to decide what your ultimate goal of filing for divorce. Many people think they want a divorce when in fact what they truly want is to get the other person's attention - see last week's installment " How to Save Money in a Divorce." The problem is that once you file for divorce you have let the flood gates go and ...
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  • 4 Jun. 2012

    Trends for Divorce: The Next 100 Years

    Posted By The Buncher Law Corporation

    A few years back, I came upon a book titled The Next 100 Years, a Forecast for the 21st Century written by George Friedman, the chief intelligence officer and founder of Strategic Forecasting, Inc. (aka "Stratfor"). I won't get into a detailed discussion about the significance of the organization (aside from mentioning its nickname "the shadow CIA"), but the book is worth ...
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