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Christopher Charles Melcher

Christopher Melcher’s Legal Guides

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  • Meeting the Residency Requirement for a California Divorce

    Is either a party a resident of the State of California and the county in which the action is to be filed? One of the parties must be a resident of the State of California for at least six months bef

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  • Getting a Domestic Violence Restraining Order in California

    Contact the police if physical abuse occurred recently or a threat of harm has been made. Police will take action if the abuse happened recently and there are signs of physical injury. The police wi

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  • Filing for Divorce in California

    Whether your are filing for divorce in California or responding to a petition for divorce, you'll want to follow these steps to get started.

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  • Preparing Disclosures in a California Divorce Case

    Complete the Declaration of Disclosure The Declaration of Disclosure Form FL-140 is like a cover sheet. It can be used for your preliminary or final disclosures. The preliminary disclsoure is serve

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  • Avoiding Taxes on Transfers of Property in a Divorce Case

    Is the transfer between spouses? If the parties are still married when the transfer takes place, there is no taxable gain on the transfer unless one of the exceptions discussed below apply. IRC 1041

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  • Applying for Temporary Spousal or Child Support in California

    File Petition for Dissolution/Legal Separation or other applicable petition If no court case is pending, you need to file a Petition for Dissolution/Legal Separation Form FL-100 (if you are married),

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  • How to Pick a California Divorce Attorney

    Is the attorney a Certified Family Law Specialist? Go to to search for a specialist in your county. The California State Bar, Board of Legal Specia

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  • Is alimony tax deductible?

    In some cases, alimony, or spousal support, can be tax deductible. However, there are certain conditions that must be met in order to qualify.

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