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Michael John Apicella

Petaluma Mediation Attorney.

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  1. Divorce Mediation

    Written by attorney Michael Apicella, over 4 years ago. STAFF PICK

    There are various ways to get a divorce. For instance, there's the traditional litigation route, where each side goes to court and asks a judge to decide various issues, such as custody, visitation, asset and debt division, support, etc. The typical mindset in litigation is to "w...

    88 people found this Legal Guide helpful

  2. Premarital Agreements - FAQ's

    Written by attorney Michael Apicella, over 4 years ago. STAFF PICK

    What is a premarital agreement or "prenup?" A Premarital Agreement (also called a "prenup") is a contract that two people sign before getting married. Its purpose is to define their rights if future

    50 people found this Legal Guide helpful

  3. Common Threats During Divorce

    Written by attorney Michael Apicella, over 4 years ago.

    This brief guide discusses some of the common threats and comments that one may hear from the other spouse during their divorce and how to deal with it. If on the receiving end of such threats or comments, the best approach is toNOT respond in kind, but instead, keep a running "e...

    67 people found this Legal Guide helpful

  4. Saving Attorney Fees

    Written by attorney Michael Apicella, over 4 years ago.

    Use your lawyer for your legal problems, not as your psychologist or therapist Family law lawyers wear many hats due to the nature of their work. Many clients are very distraught when they call their

    59 people found this Legal Guide helpful

  5. Alimony FAQ's

    Written by attorney Michael Apicella, over 4 years ago.

    Alimony, called "spousal support" in California, is an often misunderstood and confusing concept by those going through a divorce. Below are some common questions I've received from clients when handling their divorce.

    47 people found this Legal Guide helpful

  6. Divorce Basics

    Written by attorney Michael Apicella, over 4 years ago.

    Residency Requirements and Grounds for Divorce You must be a California resident for 6 months and a county resident for 3 months to file for a divorce. Either spouse can get a divorce simply by stati

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  7. Divorce FAQ's

    Written by attorney Michael Apicella, over 4 years ago.

    1) What are the grounds for a divorce, also called a "dissolution of marriage?" California follows the "no-fault divorce" concept. In other words, in California, a dissolution of marriage can be granted if the court finds there to be "irreconcilable differences" that have caused ...

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