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  • 18-Feb-2019

    Divorce Advice for Domestic Violence Victims

    Domestic violence involves physical harm or threats to harm someone who is an intimate partner, a family member, a current or former household member, or someone who is closely related through blood or marriage. However, under California law, ...
  • 11-Feb-2019

    Parental Rights of Breadwinners in Divorce

    There have been countless divorce articles focusing on the rights of stay-at-home mothers and fathers and homemakers – we’ve even authored some of them. But dependent spouses are only half of the divorce equation, what about the ...
  • 4-Feb-2019

    Special Considerations in a CEO Divorce

    Are you a CEO, or are you married to one? If your answer is “yes,” then your divorce will have special considerations, personally and professionally. Read on as we explain why the CEO divorce is unique, and why boards of directors ...
  • 28-Jan-2019

    Drug Testing in California Child Custody Cases

    If you are a parent whose spouse, domestic partner, or former boyfriend or girlfriend is accusing you of substance abuse, or if you’re accusing your child’s other parent of substance abuse, you have plenty of company. “Substance ...
  • 21-Jan-2019

    Tying Up Loose Ends in a Divorce

    If you’re headed toward divorce, you may have a rocky road ahead. Not necessarily because anything particularly bad will happen, but because it’s a highly-involved process. On the financial front, there’s a lot to address and ...
  • 14-Jan-2019

    Essential Divorce Considerations for Women

    Are you seriously considering filing for divorce, or has the divorce process already begun? Either way, the best thing you can do to protect yourself is to be proactive and take full responsibility for your divorce. We’re not referring to ...
  • 7-Jan-2019

    Marriage Fails: Is Yours on the List?

    We enjoy a good love story, especially after we’ve helped a client through a divorce only for him or her to find “true love” at last. But, before the princess finds her prince, sometimes she has to kiss a couple of frogs along the ...
  • 31-Dec-2018

    Do I Have to Pay Child Support if I Have 50/50 Custody?

    Just 20 years ago, family courts across the country were inclined to award custody to the mother. In these cases, the father was the noncustodial parent and he would pay child support. However, much has changed in the last two decades. These days, ...
  • 24-Dec-2018

    Becoming Financially Independent After Divorce

    Even though a large percentage of couples live in dual-income households, we’d be foolish to ignore the fact that some households have stay-at-home mothers and increasingly, stay-at-home fathers. In this post, we talk about the stay-at-home ...
  • 17-Dec-2018

    You Can Have a Great Divorce, Here's How

    For some adversarial couples, their divorce is going to be ugly and there’s no way around it. Sometimes, it’s just because of the personality traits of one of the spouses and there’s nothing the innocent spouse can do but seek ...
  • 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 ...
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