3 Things to Know About Emergency Custody Orders in California

As a parent, it’s normal to be alarmed when you believe your child may be in danger. Imagine your daughter returning from a visit with her father, hungry and scared and saying that he made her stay in the bedroom while he and some friends were doing drugs - after he swore to the court during the divorce that he was clean! What can you do? You want to immediately refuse future visitation but you know that doing so Read More

Three Myths About Divorce

For as much lore that surrounds holy matrimony as there is, there’s even more skulking about divorce. Divorce can be a long, ugly battle, and many people have a friend of a friend with their own horror story. However, divorce isn’t always as insufferable as it’s made out to be, nor are all the claims made about it true. Today, we’re here to set the record straight on three of California’s top divorce myths. If Read More

Financially Preparing for Divorce

When your marriage is ending, you’re going to have a lot on your mind. How will you share custody of the children? Who will stay in the marital home? Should you tell your friends and family separately or together? With so much upheaval, it’s easy to overlook your financial well-being. You’re transitioning from a two-income household to one. If you make less money than your spouse or you expect to be paying child Read More

Considering Divorce Post-Quarantine? Why Now Is the Time to Get Started

For many couples, spending more time at home together because of the coronavirus has revealed or deepened cracks in their relationship. A global crisis such as this can truly bring people together or drive them apart. If quarantining with your spouse made you realize you aren’t happy together and you’re considering divorce, the time to act is now. Every moment you spend in an unhappy marriage is a moment you’ll Read More

What You Need to Know About Child Support Modification

Circumstances change! And sometimes that means that there comes a time when the child support order from your original divorce agreement or judgment no longer makes the most sense. When a job or career change makes it necessary, you may need to ask the family court for a modification of the child support amount.  What’s Required to Ask the Court for a Change in Child Support  You need to make sure your situation Read More

What You Need to Know About Emergency Rule 13 If You Pay Support and Lost Your Job Due to COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has turned life upside down for many people. If you have lost your job or other income source because of the coronavirus and you don’t know how you can continue to pay child, spousal, or other court-ordered support, you have options under a new Emergency Rule, but you need to take action. Read on to learn more.  A set of new rules was amended and adopted by the state of California on April Read More

Coronavirus and Child Support

Today we are living in a world that just a month or two ago, most of us never would have imagined. As we face our new reality, we rush to put systems in place that will allow us a semblance of normalcy and keep us closer to our routines and order from before. For parents who rely on child support payments from their formal partners, there’s a big question looming: How will coronavirus impact child support? While Read More

Five Reasons Unwed Fathers Should Establish Legal Paternity

When a child is born to married parents, paternity is considered clear cut. It is assumed that the husband of the woman who gave birth is the child’s father and he doesn’t need to take any action to claim paternity. However, if you are an unwed father, things are a little trickier. In order to have legal paternity of your child, and all the legal rights that come with paternity, you will need to take some action. Read More

Five Ways to Prepare for Your Child Custody Hearing

For many, the scariest part of a divorce is facing the possibility that they could lose custody of their child or children. If you are determined that your proposed custody plan would be in the child’s best interest, your child custody hearing is your chance to prove it. It is essential to be prepared for this major event. Read on to discover our tips for making sure you’re ready for your child custody hearing. Read More

Divorce vs. Legal Separation: What You Need to Know

When you come to the conclusion that your marriage is failing, the future may look a lot like a giant question mark. What next? How do you proceed? In California, you have a few paths that you can take: divorce, legal separation, or annulment. Annulment only occurs when your marriage was never legally valid to begin with -- for reasons like incest, bigamy, fraud, or force -- so in today’s blog post we’ll focus on the Read More