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  • 22-Apr-2019

    Understanding Spousal Support in California

    If you are getting a divorce in California and you’ve never done this before, you’re going to want to get educated on California’s divorce laws, specifically those regarding property and debt division under California’s ...
  • 15-Apr-2019

    Your Top Child Custody Questions Answered

    If you are getting legally separated or divorced and you have children with your spouse, you probably have a lot of questions about California’s child custody laws and reasonably so. In this article, we have compiled a list of the most common ...
  • 8-Apr-2019

    When You Have Been Served Divorce Papers

    If you’re reading this, you’ve probably been served divorce papers. Now, you’re wondering what to do. If your husband or wife served divorce papers, what you received was a “ Summons and a Petition.” This makes you the ...
  • 1-Apr-2019

    After Divorce: What if My Child Dislikes My New Partner?

    Roughly five out of ten first marriages will end in divorce and for second and third marriages, the risk of divorce is even greater. That’s a lot of divorced folks in the dating pool. In fact, so many people are divorced that it would be ...
  • 25-Mar-2019

    Divorce Tips for Men

    If you are a man, you’ve probably heard plenty of divorce war stories. You may have heard about wives who took their husbands to the cleaners, husbands who were driven to bankruptcy, and perhaps the worst, fathers who were victims of parental ...
  • 18-Mar-2019

    6 Must-Know Divorce Don'ts

    Over the years, our firm has published dozens of articles on all the various things spouses can do to have a successful divorce. But if you’re like most people, you’ve heard your share of divorce horror stories. Many people can rattle off ...
  • 11-Mar-2019

    Contemplating Divorce? Here's How to Pull the Trigger

    If you’re reading this, our guess is that you’re unhappily married. Perhaps someone cheated. Perhaps one of you works all the time and it caused the relationship to crumble. Perhaps you married young and you both grew up and apart. Or, ...
  • 4-Mar-2019

    Which Benefits Can Be Taken for Child Support?

    In California, both parents are obligated to financially support their children until they turn 18-years-of-age, or graduate high school, whichever happens later. Even in 50/50 joint custody situations, the higher-earning parent can be ordered to pay ...
  • 25-Feb-2019

    Can Child Support Hurt Your Second Marriage?

    In the United States, about five out of ten marriages will end in divorce. What’s worse is second and subsequent marriages have an even higher risk of divorce. In Psychology Today, Mark Banschick, M.D. wrote: “Past statistics have shown ...
  • 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 ...
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