How are retirement accounts divided in a divorce?

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As part of the dissolution process, all community property assets are subject to division, including retirement accounts. There are specific orders that are used to divide retirement assets, known as Qualified Domestic Relations Orders (QDROs). These orders generally define how the community property interest in a spouse’s retirement account is calculated, and how the non-employee spouse… Read more »

We’re separating. Who pays the bills?

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When couples decide to separate or divorce, it often takes some time to sort out their finances after separation. (Learn more about how long will it take to get divorced?) Sometimes, they still live together and have a lot of joint expenses. Even when they are not living together, they may still have joint debts such… Read more »

Do I have to go to court to get divorced, or can I avoid court divorce?

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It is not necessary to appear in court if you and your spouse reach an agreement. You can avoid court divorce once an agreement is reached. If you and your spouse reach an agreement, a Marital Settlement Agreement (often abbreviated “MSA”) can be submitted and approved by the court without a personal appearance. Exactly how can an… Read more »

How long will it take to get divorced?

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Divorce is not usually a quick process. The earliest date you can terminate your marital status (change from being a married person to being a single person) is six months and one day after the date the Summons is served.  However, there may be issues in your case that will take more time to resolve. … Read more »

We’re Super Lawyers!

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CLR Attorneys Achieve Super Lawyer Status We’re proud to announce that two of our attorneys were honored this year as “Super Lawyers” of Northern California: Catherine Conner was named a super lawyer in the areas of Family Law and Alternative Dispute Resolution. Amy Rodney was named a super lawyer in the area of Family Law. Actually, Catherine’s… Read more »

Another Reason Not to Litigate

Posted by & filed under In the News. The main courthouse here in Santa Rosa is on the list of “Category 5” buildings, which are buildings likely to partially collapse in the event of a substantial earthquake. Just think: if you hire a mediator here at Conner, Lawrence, Rodney, Olhiser & Barrett, LLP for your divorce, you may never have to set… Read more »