Frequently Asked Questions
Once a party files a dissolution action, neither party can remove children from the county in which they reside or the State of California without a written agreement or an order of the Court.
2. Will my spouse have to work even though he or she is currently not working?
The Court can order an unemployed spouse to make job contacts and seek employment if they are able to work.
3. Will I be able to stay in the house with our children?
A party may be able to remain in the residence with children during the dissolution process. The issue is how will the mortgage or rent be paid during the dissolution. The parties can reach an agreement on how the monthly obligations will be paid and by whom.
4. I am not working so does my spouse have to pay the mortgage if I stay in the house?
Your spouse may be ordered to pay the mortgage. The issue is whether your spouse can afford to pay the mortgage and maintain a separate residence at the same time. In addition, your spouse may request credit/reimbursement for payments made towards the mortgage when the case is resolved.
5. Will I be able to keep the house?
In order to keep the house, a party must be able to refinance the existing loan and buyout the other party’ s equity interest in the residence. A party needs to determine whether they qualify for a refinance. The residence should be appraised to establish the community’ s equity.
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Debts incurred during the marriage belong to both parties and can be allocated equally. The parties can reach an agreement regarding the division of the debt incurred during marriage . Debt incurred after the parties separate belong to the party who incurs the debt.
7. Will I be able to keep my vehicle?
Each party can keep the vehicle in their possession. The value of the car should be established through Kelley Blue Book, any loans on the car will be deducted from the value and the other party is entitled to receive one half of the “equity” in the car. The parties can agree to each take a vehicle and be responsible for monthly loan payments, insurance etc. It is important to have your name removed from any loans on vehicles you are not going to keep.
8. Who will pay my student loans?
You are ultimately responsible for a student loan. However, if during marriage the community made monthly payments on your student loan, the issue is whether the community benefited from your education. The community could be reimbursed for payments on your student loan if the community did not receive the benefit of your education or profession.
9. How does mediation work?
You are ultimately responsible for a student loan. However, if during marriage the community made monthly payments on your student loan, the issue is whether the community benefitted from your education. The community could be reimbursed for payments on your student loan if the community did not receive the benefit of your education or profession.
10. Who gets our dog?
Pet custody is now a legitimate issue in California. The parties can agree to share the pet or have one party have primary custody while allowing the other party to have visitation and spend time with Coco. Custody decisions will be made using the best interest standard, i.e. which party will take better care of the dog, who is the dog bonded to? As with all custody issues, if the parties are able to reach an agreement, the better it is for the parties and for the dog!