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  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
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