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Divorce Basics - The Issues Addressed in a Divorce

Divorce-Status Only
Returning you to the status of a single person.

Division of Assets
All assets accumulated from the date of marriage to the date of separation are assumed to be community property, except for assets acquired by gift or inheritance.

Division of Debts
Both spouses are liable for all debts accumulated from the beginning of the marriage through the date of separation.

Spousal Support/Alimony
Spousal support is often awarded to the lower wage earner to assist that person to maintain an equal standard of living and to promote their ability to become self-sufficient.

Child Custody
There are two types of custody at issue in a divorce-legal custody and physical custody.

Legal custody refers to the right to confer in decision making in the major issues of the child's life.

Physical custody refers to which parent's home is the primary residence of the child.

Child Visitation
It is the court's intention to create a visitation schedule that allows both parents to see the child equally.

Child Support
Child support is payable by one parent to cover the child's basic needs plus other living expenses. The amount awarded is based upon time-share and the parents' respective incomes.

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