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Is My Spouse Entitled To My Inheritance After Divorce?

Is My Spouse Entitled To My Inheritance After Divorce? Thinking about getting a divorce but worried about the fate of an inheritance you’ve received? Will it be subject to division? Will your spouse be entitled to any of the money or property you were given? The key to answering this question lies in understanding of …

In-Person Depositions Requested in Dr. Dre Divorce Case Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

In-Person Depositions Requested in Dr. Dre Divorce Case Amid COVID-19 Pandemic According to news reports, the drama continues in the divorce case between Dr. Dre and his wife, Nicole Young. The newest drama appears to be over whether Dr. Dre will be required to appear for in-person depositions amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Dre has …

What is a Subpoena?

There are many legal tools that a divorce attorney can use during a family court case. Some of those tools are available through the courts, such as a subpoena. If necessary, your attorney can use a subpoena to compel a variety of actions necessary to protect a client or build a stronger case. What is …

How to Request a Psychological Evaluation in Your Child Custody Case

How to Request a Psychological Evaluation in Your Child Custody Case A child custody case can be emotionally challenging. Both parents may believe they have the best interest of their child at heart. In some divorce cases, a parent may use custody as a bargaining or punishment tactic. Whatever the reason might be for a …

How to File a Restraining Order in California

How to File a Restraining Order in California Domestic abuse and assaults are extremely dangerous for the victim. In many cases, the victim cannot stop the abuser without court assistance. A restraining order or protective order is issued by the court to protect a person from being abused, harassed, stalked, or threatened. The person committing …

Why do I Have to Pay Child Support if I Share 50/50 Custody?

Why do I Have to Pay Child Support if I Share 50/50 Custody? When parents are together, it is assumed that each parent will take an active role in the upbringing of the child. However, when parents divorce or separate, the child cannot have both parents available in the home every day. Courts in California …

What Is Palimony?

What Is Palimony? Some states recognize common law marriage. However, California does not recognize common law marriage. You are not legally married in California unless you obtain a marriage license and hold a civil or religious ceremony. However, if you and your partner have resided together for an extended period, you may be entitled to …

Divorce Statistics and Facts

Divorce Statistics and Facts It is hard to find accurate and up-to-date statistics on divorce. Everyone has heard the saying that “1 in 2 marriages end in divorce”, but is that even true anymore? Where did that number come from? While different state and federal agencies collect data, not all of it is reported or …

Can You Kidnap Your Own Child?

Can You Kidnap Your Own Child? When you and your spouse are separating or divorcing, one of the most contentious issues you may face is what to do about child custody. Things may get even more combative if one parent is awarded sole custody of a child. If this happens, it is possible that the …

Do I Have to Sign my Divorce Papers?

Do I Have to Sign my Divorce Papers? Divorce and separation are never easy. In many cases, one party does not want the divorce to happen and wishes to stay married. When they receive the divorce papers, they may think they can ignore them or not sign them and then there will be no divorce. …

7 Signs That It Might Be Time for a Divorce

7 Signs That It Might Be Time for a Divorce A long-term marriage takes work. Not every day will be picture-perfect and your spouse will not always be flawless. If you start to see cracks in your marriage, counseling and learning to relate and communicate better can be a good option. But what happens when …

Getting a Marriage Annulled in California

Getting a Marriage Annulled in California Many people think that divorce is the only option if a marriage has failed. Another option that may be available to you is an annulment. This is another way to end a marriage but the requirements are pretty strict. Some questions you may be asking are: Is divorce your …

Four Things to Remember If You’re Being Falsely Accused in Court

Four Things to Remember If You’re Being Falsely Accused in Court It is a serious matter when someone makes a false accusation in court. People make false accusations for a number of reasons, especially those dealing with family law matters like contentious divorces or child custody battles. It is important to know what to do …

Does California Recognize Common Law Marriage?

Does California Recognize Common Law Marriage? If you and your partner never legally married and decide to separate, you may be wondering what steps you need to take to divide your property and split your assets. If there are children involved, you may also be questioning how to handle child custody and support. Finally, what …

What Should I Wear to Court?

What Should I Wear to Court? Preparing to go to court for the first time can be more than a little stressful. The process might feel unfamiliar and you may be worried about how to act in front of the judge and/or jury. To that end, what you choose to wear to court can have …

What’s the Difference Between an Attorney and a Lawyer?

What’s the Difference Between an Attorney and a Lawyer? You’re thinking about getting a divorce. You know that the divorce process can be complicated, especially if your divorce is contested. So, you decide to reach to someone with experience and knowledge for help. You sit down and begin to type “San Diego divorce” and then …

What’s the Difference Between Alimony and Spousal Support?

What’s the Difference Between Alimony and Spousal Support? Things can be drastically different when spouses decide to get divorced. How is the spouse who earns significantly less – or nothing at all – stay on their feet and make ends meet after a divorce? In California, that’s what spousal support – or alimony – is …

Modifying Custody and Visitation Orders

Modifying Custody and Visitation Orders Modifying Custody and Visitation Orders If you and your former spouse had children together, an important part of your divorce proceeding likely involved determining custody and visitation arrangements that would be in each child’s best interest. Of course, things change over time, so what made sense at the time of your divorce …

5 Things to Remember If You’re Facing False Accusations in Court

5 Things to Remember If You’re Facing False Accusations in Court Legal proceedings involving couples can become highly contentious. This is certainly true for matters involving divorce. Spouses often have a different recollection of the facts and it’s not uncommon for harsh things to be said to one another in court. Sometimes these statements are …

Three Common Questions About the New Alimony Tax Law

Three Common Questions About the New Alimony Tax Law In December 2017, President Trump signed into law the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.  All taxpayers will have changes to their 2018 Federal taxes, but if you are divorced, or getting divorced, you probably have some questions about the key changes on alimony. Alimony, or spousal …

Puja A. Sachdev, Attorney of the Month

Puja A. Sachdev, Attorney of the Month Puja Sachdev, one of the top divorce lawyers in San Diego, CA, was featured as the Attorney of the Month by San Diego Attorney Journal.  Read the article “Altruism Drives Family Law Attorney’s Success”.  The article highlights the divorce lawyer’s philosophy in managing her team, working with clients and …

Considering Divorce? Ask the hard questions.

Considering Divorce? Ask the hard questions. When a marriage breaks down, emotions and stress can run high. Of course, every marriage has its ups and downs, so knowing whether what you are feeling and experiencing is just a bump in the road or a sign that it’s time to throw in the towel can be …

Getting Back on Solid Financial Ground After a Divorce

Getting Back on Solid Financial Ground After a Divorce It’s no secret that a divorce can wreak havoc on your finances. That’s true whether the divorce was contentious or amicable. Even if you had a prenuptial agreement, you are still separating households, dividing assets and liabilities, and incurring the necessary expenses that come with the …

Dealing With the Holidays When Your Divorce is in Transition

Dealing With the Holidays When Your Divorce is in Transition Divorce can be difficult any time of year, but facing the holidays when you are contemplating or have initiated divorce proceedings can be especially challenging. You and your spouse may have established cherished traditions together over the years and you may be worried about how …

What is a Legal Separation in California?

What is a Legal Separation in California? There is a misperception held by many people that obtaining a legal separation in California is significantly easier than obtaining a divorce because it is less final than a divorce. In reality, there are more similarities than differences between the two types of proceedings. The similarities In many respects, …

Puja Sachdev named 2016 Rising Star by Super Lawyers

Puja Sachdev named 2016 Rising Star by Super Lawyers Sachdev Legal Group, APC would like to announce that Super Lawyers in San Diego named Puja A. Sachdev to its 2016 Rising Stars List. This is the second year she has received this recognition. Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than …

Can I Get An Annulment?

Can I Get An Annulment? Some couples may want to opt for an annulment rather than a divorce to end their marriage. It is important to know that there is a difference between a civil annulment and a religious annulment. Religious annulments are granted through the church and are not part of the legal process. …

Puja Sachdev selected as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers Magazine

Puja Sachdev selected as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers Magazine Sachdev Legal Group, APC would like to announce that Super Lawyers in San Diego named Puja A. Sachdev to its 2015 Rising Stars List. Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of …

Why choose mediation for your divorce?

Why choose mediation for your divorce? Mediation is structured, goal-oriented sessions guided by a trained mediator. The mediator will facilitate the discussions and focus on resolution, not conflict. You will be able to clarify issues and your position to reach an acceptable agreement. Three essential reasons why you should mediate your divorce are maintaining your …

Getting Along at Your Children’s Milestone Celebrations

Getting Along at Your Children’s Milestone Celebrations This is the time of year where many children are graduating and you are expected to be in the same room as your ex-spouse and to focus on your child’s accomplishments. Although it can be difficult, it is not impossible if you place your focus on your child …

Divorcing the American Dream – by Puja A. Sachdev

Divorcing the American Dream – by Puja A. Sachdev Puja’s First Article written for the Millionaire Girls’ Movement was released on May 29, 2012, titled “Divorcing the American Dream”.  The Millionaire Girls’ Movement was founded by Ann marie Houghtailing. In June of 2011, Houghtailing launched The Millionaire Girls’ Movement with a singular goal to become …

Puja selected as a Staff Writer for the Millionaire Girls’ Movement

Puja selected as a Staff Writer for the Millionaire Girls’ Movement Puja was selected as a staff writer for the Millionaire Girls’ Movement! The Millionaire Girls’ Movement was founded by Ann marie Houghtailing. In June of 2011, Houghtailing launched The Millionaire Girls’ Movement with a singular goal to become the world’s greatest resource to teach …

Puja A. Sachdev named a Top Young Attorney for 2011

Puja A. Sachdev named a Top Young Attorney for 2011 Puja was selected as one of San Diego’s Top Young Attorneys for 2011 by the San Diego Daily Transcript. This is Puja’s second year in a row to receive this recognition!  This is the culmination of a peer nominating process that asked San Diego County …

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