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  • 10-Dec-2018

    Preparing for Your January Divorce

    Now that it’s almost mid-December, a lot of unhappy spouses are planning for their January divorces. In many cases, people have family vacations planned around the holidays or they just want to put their divorce off until the first of the New ...
  • 3-Dec-2018

    How Can I Protect My Assets in a California Divorce?

    When clients first come to our firm, they are often concerned about what will happen to their assets when they get a divorce. They’ll ask, “What’s going to happen to my investments? My house? My nest egg?” Cash in bank ...
  • 26-Nov-2018

    6 Secrets from a Divorce Lawyer

    In the United States, when a couple gets married for the first time, their chances of getting a divorce are about 50%. For second and third divorces, the chances of a divorce are even greater. Not a very cheery outlook on marriage, but that ...
  • 19-Nov-2018

    What Can a Domestic Violence Restraining Order Do?

    Are you being abused by your spouse, the one person who you’re supposed to be able to trust and feel safe around? Is your spouse physically abusing your children, harming your pets or terrorizing your family? If your children aren’t being ...
  • 12-Nov-2018

    Child Custody Orders Overseas

    Los Angeles is famous for being one big melting pot, and one result of this is we have lots of people from foreign nations who live and work here. Some of these people have Green Cards. Some of them are in the United States on a visa, while others ...
  • 5-Nov-2018

    My Spouse Says 'No' to Counseling

    To have a happy, healthy marriage, it takes work. Sometimes, it takes a lot of work. Usually, after the “honeymoon phase” ends, the reality of life sets in. When you’re married, things like job changes, unemployment, substance ...
  • 29-Oct-2018

    Does Cheating Affect Divorce in California?

    Many people are in the habit of thinking that cheating will automatically impact their divorce. They think that infidelity will bar the cheating spouse from getting spousal support. They think that due to the adultery, the cheating spouse will no ...
  • 22-Oct-2018

    How Do I Ask for Child Support in California?

    The cost of living in California is expensive to say the least. If you have been raising your children on your own for some time, or if you recently broke up with your children’s other parent, it won’t be long before you realize that ...
  • 15-Oct-2018

    7 Tips for Negotiating a Divorce Settlement

    You’ve heard the divorce horror stories. You’ve heard about the wife who drained the bank accounts and charged up all the credit cards. You’ve heard about the mess of a divorce that drove the divorcing spouses to bankruptcy. ...
  • 8-Oct-2018

    Child Custody for Unmarried Parents in California

    With or without a marriage certificate, family is family. Blood relatives are blood relatives. When an unmarried couple has children together and they break up, they face unique challenges in regards to child custody and child support. Fathers in ...
  • 1-Oct-2018

    What Rights Do Stay at Home Dads Have?

    Fifty, thirty-five, or even twenty-five years ago, you’d have a difficult time finding a stay-at-home father. Now, stay-at-home mothers – those were easy to find. In the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s, stay-at-home mothers graced every block in ...
  • 24-Sep-2018

    Who Gets the House in a California Divorce?

    We don’t have to tell you that Southern California’s real estate prices are much higher than most parts of the country. Here in Los Angeles County, we have some of the highest home prices in the nation. For example, a simple three ...
  • 17-Sep-2018

    What is Medical Support in California?

    Are you a parent who is getting a divorce ? Or, are you involved in a paternity issue that may soon involve child support? In any case, if you are dealing with a child support matter in Los Angeles, you will be interested in learning about one very ...
  • 10-Sep-2018

    Can Mental Illness Hurt My Divorce?

    According to the National Institute on Mental Health (NIMH), “Research shows that mental illnesses are common in the United States, affecting tens of millions of people each year. Estimates suggest that only half of people with mental illness ...
  • 3-Sep-2018

    Child Custody Issues for Same Sex Couples

    If you’ve been in a same-sex relationship and you are splitting up with your partner, and you have been raising children together, you may be facing challenges not common to heterosexual couples. California is definitely one state that has been ...
  • 27-Aug-2018

    The Three Divorce Dilemmas

    The health and sustainability of your marriage is in question. You can run, but you can’t hide if your spouse wants a divorce. If it’s you who’s fantasizing about a divorce nonstop, you may be thinking to yourself, “Should I ...
  • 20-Aug-2018

    I'm Unemployed: What Will Happen in My Divorce?

    If you’re unemployed, there’s a possibility that you’ve held off on your divorce, that you’ve stayed in an unhappy marriage because you’re financially dependent on your spouse. Perhaps you even feel vulnerable because ...
  • 13-Aug-2018

    Changes to Spousal Support Laws

    You’ve probably heard all about how spousal support is tax deductible to the paying spouse and counted as taxable income for the recipient spouse, but as of January 1, 2019, that’s all going to change. On January 1st, alimony will no ...
  • 6-Aug-2018

    Will I Lose My Parental Rights if I'm Incarcerated?

    Have you recently been convicted of a misdemeanor or felony crime in California, or are you facing criminal charges? Whether you’re accused of a state or federal crime, upon conviction you could be incarcerated for months, if not years. If you ...
  • 30-Jul-2018

    My Marriage is a Sham

    Merriam-Webster defines “sham” as: 1) a trick that deludes: hoax, 2) cheap falseness: hypocrisy, 3) an imitation or counterfeit purporting to be genuine, and 4) a person who shams. If any of these definitions (or all of them) describe ...
  • 23-Jul-2018

    Does Your Spouse Have an Unfair Advantage?

    Divorce can be tricky, especially when you don’t know what you don’t know about your finances. It is not uncommon for a married couple to have one spouse who is what’s known as the “out spouse,” who is a husband or wife ...
  • 16-Jul-2018

    Divorce: It's Just Business

    The fear of divorce being difficult and expensive holds a lot of unhappy spouses from filing in the first place. But in reality, divorce doesn’t have to be a nightmarish process. If you take into consideration all of the couples you’ve ...
  • 9-Jul-2018

    Don't Make These Child Custody Mistakes!

    Being a parent is such a challenging yet extremely rewarding experience. For most people, it’s one of the best experiences they’ll ever have. However, a parent’s whole world can feel like it’s crashing down when they break up ...
  • 2-Jul-2018

    How Is California a Community Property State?

    In the United States, there are two methods of distributing marital property in a divorce : 1) equitable distribution and community property. Out of the 50 states, only 9 states are community property states and these include: Arizona, California, ...
  • 25-Jun-2018

    Terminating Parental Rights in California

    The raising of a child is a very delicate matter, especially when one of the child’s parents does not want the other parent involved in the child’s life. In many cases, the mother is raising the child and for some reason she feels it is ...
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