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Chicken Soup for the Soul: Divorce and Recovery: 101 Stories about Surviving and Thriving after Divorce

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51l5avvYDaLChicken Soup for the Soul: Divorce and Recovery is wonderfully uplifting and filled with stories from men and women who have successfully navigated the divorce and recovery process. A great source of support for divorced and divorcing men and women.

Filled with heartfelt, personal stories, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Divorce and Recovery provides support, inspiration, and humor on all the phases of divorce, including the initial shock of the decision, the logistics of living through it, self-discovery, and the new world of dating and even remarriage. Readers going through a divorce will find this book a great source of emotional support and a guide as they go through the process.

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LA Courts Facilitator’s Office

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FACILITATOR’S OFFICE LOS ANGELES SUPERIOR COURTS

(Assists with preparation of documents)

111 North Hill Street, Room 426
Los Angeles, CA 90012
213-974-5004

300 East Walnut Street, Room 300
Pasadena, CA 91101
626-356-5030

400 Civic Center Drive, Room 112
Pomona, CA 91766
909-620-3150

12720 Norwalk Blvd., Room 104
Norwalk, CA 90650
562-807-7504

6230 Sylmar Ave, Room 350
Van Nuys, CA 91401
818-374-7108

275 Magnolia Ave., Room 3101
Long Beach, CA 90802
562-256-2319

200 West Compton Blvd., Room 200F
Compton, CA 90220
310-603-3218

900 Third Street, Room 1026
San Fernando, CA 91340
818-898-2606

600 South Commonwealth Ave., Room 1602
Los Angeles, CA 90005
213-351-8113

Divorce Information Checklist

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The following documents and other information will help your divorce attorney, mediator or divorce financial analyst advise you regarding your divorce. Getting these documents together early in the divorce process will help you navigate your divorce in the most cost-effective manner.

  • Contact information
  • Personal information for you and your spouse (names, dates of birth, date of marriage, date of separation, names and ages of children from this marriage and from other relationships)
  • Individual income tax returns for past three years (federal and state)
  • Business income tax returns for past three years (federal and state)
  • Information regarding your current income (W-2 forms, 1099 forms, K-1s, recent pay-stubs)
  • Information regarding your spouse’s current income (W-2 forms, 1099 forms, K-1s, recent pay-stubs)
  • Prenuptial or post-marital agreements, if any
  • List of assets you own, including most recent statements for anything on the list (e.g, bank account statements, brokerage statements, etc)
  • List of debts you owe, including most recent statements for anything on the list (e.g, mortgage statements, credit card statements, auto loans, etc)
  • Documentation regarding retirement plans for you and your spouse (401(k) statements, pension plan documents, IRA statements, etc.)
  • Documentation regarding stock options and restricted stock, including vesting schedules
  • Real property valuation documents (appraisal, market analysis, etc)
  • List of contents of safe deposit boxes or safes
  • List of automobiles you own and valuation information from Kelley Blue Book (www.kbb.com)
  • Business financial statements (profit and loss statements, balance sheets) for past three years
  • Loan application forms for loans taken out within the past three years
  • List of separate assets claimed for each spouse

Community Resources

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YMCA Domestic Violence Hotline     
888-999-7511
www.glendaleywca.org

YMCA San Gabriel Valley  
http://www.ywcasgv.org/

Domestic Violence Classes      
626-744-3000
www.ci.pasadena.ca.us/HumanServices/Jackie_Robinson_Center/

Divorce Center of Los Angeles  
310-312-0161
www.dovorsesos.com

California Collaborative Family Law    
310-880-4201
www.californiacollaborativefamilylaw.com

United Way of Los Angeles   
213-808-6220
www.unitedwayla.org

The National Domestic Violence Hotline   
1-800-799-7233
www.thehotline.org

Julie Yanez Lock Smith  
626-799-5397
allladylocksmith.com

L.A. Co. Department of Children & Family Services          
http://dcfs.co.la.ca.us

Superior Court Opens Self-Help Legal Center in Pasadena Courthouse

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Superior Court Opens Self-Help Legal Center in Pasadena Courthouse

 By SHERRI M. OKAMOTO, Staff Writer

[Published Thursday, March 12, 2009]

The Los Angeles Superior Court yesterday celebrated the grand opening of its 12th self-help legal access center, located at the Pasadena Courthouse.

Northeast District Supervising Judge Candace J. Beason hailed the event as “a fabulous, fabulous occasion.”

Beason said she had been looking forward to the opening of the clinic—housed in what had been the courthouse’s law library, which was moved across the street to the public library—because, as a member of the bench, she had seen a “significant number of people with questions and misconceptions of the legal system.”

Neal S. Dudovitz, the executive director of Neighborhood Legal Services of Los

Angeles opined that “it’s been quite a journey” since the first self-help center opened at the Van Nuys courthouse in 2000.

Over the years, Dudovitz said the self-help centers have helped over 500,000 people, and assisted over 91,000 in the last year alone.

These clinics “are about core values of out democracy,” he insisted. “Everybody has to be able to walk through the doors of the courthouse, everybody has to be able to be heard…or our justice system will not survive.”

Los Angeles Superior Court Civil Supervising Judge Elihu M. Berle echoed Dudovitz’s concern and opined the Pasadena clinic “could not have come at a better time.”

Noting the “devastating effect of the economy on our community,” Berle suggested a growing number of people with legal problems do not qualify for legal aid, cannot afford an attorney, but still require assistance navigating the court system.

With the Pasadena location, Berle said self-help centers are now available at each of the largest civil courthouses in each geographic area of the county, providing a  “quantum leap in service” for self-represented litigants.

The Pasadena facility was funded by the court, the Judicial Council of California, the Administrative Office of the Courts and through grants from the State Bar to Neighborhood Legal Services and to Bet Tzedek Legal Services.

It will be staffed by court employees, legal aid partners and Justice Corps student interns, court officials said. Services will also be available in Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese.

Janice Shurlow, a family law attorney based at the Pasadena center, said that the new facility is one of the largest centers available, and boasts two rooms for hosting workshops and clinics. The largest self-help center is at the Stanley Mosk Courthouse.

She said that the Pasadena location will be offering workshops and clinics on divorce, paternity, domestic violence, unlawful detainer and elder law.

The resource center is located on the third floor of the courthouse, in room 300. It is open  from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to noon on Fridays.

Other courthouse-based, self-help legal access centers are located in Antelope Valley-Lancaster, Compton, Inglewood, Long Beach, Pomona, San Fernando, Santa Monica, Torrance and Van Nuys.

 

Copyright 2009, Metropolitan News Company

Find a Lawyer

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Office/Service Description Contact Info:
LawHelpCalifornia.org LawHelpCalifornia provides online information to help low and moderate income people find legal aid referrals & self-help resources.

LawHelpCalifornia DOES NOT provide direct legal services.

SmartLaw.org (Los Angeles County Bar Association) The Los Angeles County Bar Association offers a Lawyer Referral and Information Service on SmartLaw.org Phone: 213-243-1525
Los Angeles County Bar Association The Los Angeles County Bar Association provides a lawyer referral service and information on common legal issues in both English and Spanish. Address:
1055 West Seventh Street Suite 2700
Los Angeles, CA 90017-2577
Phone: 213.627.2727
Los Angeles County Local Bar Association Lawyer Referral Services If you need help, a certified lawyer referral service can put you in touch with a lawyer who can help you with your problem.
The State Bar of California The California State Bar Association offers listings of certified county programs that provide lawyer referrals.

 

Domestic Violence Assistance

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Office/Service Information Hours Location Phone
Los Angeles Superior Court Domestic Violence Filing Locations & Clinics Los Angeles Superior Courts locations where restraining orders can be filed. Some locations offer help with filling out the forms.
Información Sobre La Violencia Doméstica Provides referrals to agencies by geographical area for individuals seeking counselors and other social services. 24 hours a day 7 days a week Phone:211
National Domestic Violence Hotline Hotline advocates are available to help domestic violence victims and anyone calling on their behalf. Assistance is available in English and Spanish with access to more than 170 languages through interpreter services. 24 hours a day 7 days a week Phone: 1.800.799.SAFE (7233) TTY: 1-800-787-3224

 

The agencies listed below may provide help or information if criminal charges have been filed.

 

Office/Service Information Hours Location Phone
Los Angeles City Attorney Victim Assistance Program to insure that services and support are made available to victims and witnesses. Phone: 213.978.2097 Fax: 1.213.978.2179
Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office Family Violence Division Division of the District Attorney’s office that handles cases of spousal abuse, physical child abuse, and other domestic violence crimes. Phone: 213.974.3785
Victims of Crime Resource Center Provides a countywide listing of resource and referral information for victims and their families. Phone: 1.800.VICTIMS (842.8467) TTY: 1.800.3712.9279