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  • 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 ...
  • 18-Jun-2018

    Your Last Summer Before Divorce

    California summers have a way of stirring up all kinds of thoughts and memories – hot summer days by the ocean, ice cream trucks playing music, sprinklers, pool parties, summer camping trips, vacations to the in-laws, kids sleeping in, ...
  • 11-Jun-2018

    Divorcing Because You're Not On the Same Page

    It’s true, a lot of divorces are the result of infidelity on one or both of the spouses’ parts and because of financial problems, but there are plenty of other reasons why marriages fail. In the United States, approximately 50 percent of ...
  • 4-Jun-2018

    Can a Bad Marriage Be Worse for Children Than Divorce?

    For people in their 50s and 60s, they grew up in an era where divorce was viewed quite differently than it is today. When Baby Boomers were children, divorce parents were looked down upon; they were shunned and gossiped about. People would quietly ...
  • 28-May-2018

    Parenting Tips While Going Through a Divorce

    Loving parents do not mean to hurt their children, nor do they intend to damage them, but unfortunately parents in the trenches of a divorce can be unaware of what they say and do, and how their actions impact their children. Amid the intense ...
  • 21-May-2018

    Don't Make These Mistakes in Divorce Court

    Heard your share of divorce horror stories? Now that it’s your turn, you don’t want to end up with war stories of your own. You don’t want your divorce to drag out, especially not at the cost of the marital estate! If you want to ...
  • 14-May-2018

    Basics of Child Custody in California

    Are you a parent who is headed toward divorce ? Or, are you an unmarried parent who needs to go to court to sort out a child custody issue? Either way, you’ll be interested in learning how California’s child custody laws apply to your ...
  • 7-May-2018

    3 Rules for Dating After Divorce

    Marriage – the theory is that we’re in it for life, but roughly half of all first marriages end in divorce in the United States. Second and subsequent marriages have an even higher rate of divorce, which makes us ponder, “Why does ...
  • 30-Apr-2018

    Property and Debt in a California Divorce

    The majority of married couples have acquired property and debt over the course of their marriage and dividing these can be so complicated that the cost of making a mistake can be very high, especially when a couple as a significant amount of ...
  • 23-Apr-2018

    9 Divorce Mistakes to Avoid Starting Now!

    “Divorce is the psychological equivalent of a triple coronary bypass,” said author Mary Kay Blakely. A lot of spouses who’ve been through it would agree, not only because a failed marriage is stressful, but it’s also a ...
  • 16-Apr-2018

    FAQs About Child Support in California

    If you are new to California’s child support laws, there’s probably a lot that you don’t know and this lack of knowledge gets well-meaning parents, namely non-custodial parents (the ones who pay child support), into trouble. In ...
  • 9-Apr-2018

    What Parents Must Know About Moving Out & Away

    Divorce is known for being complicated and stressful, even when couples manage to have an amicable divorce. It’s understandable considering the number of financial matters that must be addressed, the change in residential status, and the issues ...
  • 2-Apr-2018

    Are You Ready for Divorce?

    If you’re asking yourself, “Am I ready to get a divorce ?” you may be under stress right now. Perhaps you just had a big blowout with your spouse. Perhaps doors were slammed, voices were raised, and someone slept on the couch. Or, ...
  • 26-Mar-2018

    Why Child Custody Has Changed in California

    Growing up, you can probably remember that most children of divorced parents seemed to live primarily with their mothers. Such children would live with their mothers the majority of the time, while they’d see their fathers once a week for ...
  • 19-Mar-2018

    Divorce Checklist: What to Discuss with a Lawyer

    Unfortunately, divorce is a complicated process. Even when it’s for the best, it can still take quite a bit of emotional energy and effort to complete. For some, the fear of the process and the financial disentanglement is what holds them back ...
  • 12-Mar-2018

    5 Things to Do After the Divorce is Final

    You’ve been waiting for this moment for months. The second you get word that your divorce is finalized. You’ve been mentally preparing for this and now the moment is finally here – and you react differently than you expected. To ...
  • 5-Mar-2018

    Are You Crazy or Emotionally Abused?

    In the fields of psychology and family law, emotional abuse has become a hot topic. “There are 3 million cases of domestic violence reported each year. Many more go unreported. Emotional abuse often precedes violence, but is rarely ...
  • 26-Feb-2018

    Achieving a Mindful Divorce Despite It All

    Enduring a high-conflict marriage day-in-and-day-out can be compared to living with a chronic medical condition. It may be calm for a few months, followed by weeks and weeks of absolute agony. When the flare-ups come – and they always do ...
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