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The divorce attorneys at Westover Law Group offer expert legal advocacy to clients throughout Southern California during their time of need. The legal team handles a wide range of divorce issues including child custody, child support, visitation, relocation, and property division. At Westover Law Group, the team of Murrieta divorce lawyers are not afraid to go to trial and stand up for what's right. Those who retain the firm's services can trust that their rights and best interests will be protected, especially if they're being shortchanged in any way during divorce proceedings. Attorney Andrew Westover, CFLS is certified by the California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization as a Family Law Specialist. Clients can be confident they have a skilled and qualified legal professional on their side to help navigate through the inherent complexities of the legal process. To request a free consultation, call (951) 643-0085 today.

How Default Judgments Work

A default judgment in a divorce is a judgment entered by the court in favor of the petitioner due to the inaction of the other party in the case. However, even if a default judgment is entered, you might still be required to attend a final hearing to complete your divorce. In the event that your spouse appears at this final hearing, none of the defenses to the allegations described in your petition can be argued by him or her since an answer was not filed in the required time period and, as a result, your petition would be deemed true at the default proceeding. 

What Are My Visitation Rights as a Grandparent?

If you are a grandparent, chances are you still want to be part of your grandchildren's lives even after a divorce. In fact, you might be worried about the future of your visitation rights once the process is over. While parents can always choose to allow grandparents to visit their children without a court order, some parents might attempt to prevent the children's grandparents from visiting them at all. In such cases, you are not without legal recourse. It is your right to petition the court for visitation rights. At Westover Law Group, our family law attorneys in Murrieta can assist you securing these rights, allowing you to be part of the lives of your grandchildren. 

Relocating After a Divorce with Children

There are some aspects of your divorce settlement that are not set in stone. After all, the court understands that life is not static and things change, people move, and sometimes you have to pursue opportunities that will improve your family's life. If you share children with your ex-spouse, however, this simple relocation can become complicated, so it is crucial to hire an experienced family law attorney who is experienced in handling such matters. 

The Difference Between Contested & Uncontested Divorce

There are two primary types of divorce: "contested" and "uncontested." While most people have a general idea of what divorce is, few know the important difference between these two different types, and this means that they often mistakenly try to file for the one that isn't right for them, especially when they don't have a Murrieta divorce attorney helping them out. On this blog, we'll explain the important differences between these two types of divorce and help you recognize which one is your best option. 

Using Mediation for Your Divorce

It's no secret that divorce is a highly stressful time, and it can be an expensive and time-consuming process. Many people are afraid to pursue the divorce they desire because they do not want to go to court and battle with their spouse over their children, possessions, and income. There are other options besides a lengthy and costly court battle, however.

The Importance of Full Financial Disclosure in a Divorce

In many marriages, often one spouse manages the household's finances. This is all well and good unless you end up going through a divorce and the lack of information for one spouse becomes a disadvantage. Before both spouses are able to engage in productive discussions regarding a divorce settlement, it is crucial for both parties to be on the same page and be fully aware of the marital financial situation regarding all property and debt acquired during the marriage. If a spouse agrees to a property settlement without fully understanding assets and liabilities, it is almost impossible for this to be fair. As such, full disclosure is imperative. 

Why You Should Keep Your Divorce Off Social Media

If you are a regular user of social media, you probably find it difficult to refrain from sharing the details of your life with your friends and family. Whether you are bragging about the things that are going well in life or venting about your current frustrations or dilemmas, social media can be something of an addiction and many often engage in oversharing. If you are going through a divorce, oversharing can be incredibly detrimental to your case, offering a wealth of evidence for your spouse's attorney to use against you. 

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