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

Three Times in Your Life When You May Need to Modify Your Original Divorce Agreement

During the divorce process, certain decisions are made, such as who will own which assets, and whether or not either spouse will need to make payments to the other. While the division of assets is permanent, court orders for support are typically modifiable depending on the different circumstances that may arise after divorce. When the divorcing couple has children together, the courts often order the noncustodial Read More

A Fresh Start: Four Tips for a Happy Post-Divorce Life

Getting a divorce is like coming to the end of one chapter in the book of your life, and beginning the next. With the right attitude and a little bit of effort, you can ensure that this new chapter is your happiest yet. You’re the author of your own life, so enjoy this opportunity for a fresh, new start.  What can you do to ensure happiness in your post-divorce life? At KL Family Law, we’ve watched countless Read More

What to Do If Your Spouse Stops Paying Spousal or Child Support

During a divorce, California courts often order one ex to pay the other spousal support or child support. Spousal support payments are intended to help a disadvantaged divorcee (for example, if you have put your career aside for many years to care for the home and family while your spouse has been the breadwinner) maintain their lifestyle and continue to live comfortably. Meanwhile, child support is generally paid by Read More

Life After Divorce: What to Expect After the Agreement Has Been Signed

If you were later asked to summarize the first few days and weeks after divorce, you’d probably say, “Same, but different.” You may be living in the same home, working nine to five for the same employer, and attending the same gym or book club every week, but other routines and responsibilities have changed.  This feeling is completely normal. You were married when you bought that house, started that job, or Read More

5 Things You Can Do to Make Divorce Easier on Your Kids

Divorce is upsetting for everyone involved. Children have an especially difficult time dealing with the stress of their parents’ divorce. It can negatively impact their behavior, their academic performance, and their mental and emotional health. The stress on children can even be so great that it impacts their physical health. During a divorce, it’s easy to feel like the painful toll on your child is inevitable Read More

5 Factors Courts Consider When Determining Child Support Amounts

Calculating child support in California is a bit of a complex process. In order to ensure a fair amount is ordered, the judge will take several factors into consideration before running the numbers through a calculator. Here are five of the factors the courts consider when determining child support amounts. 1. The parents’ incomes The judge will want to know how much money you and your former spouse are making. Read More

4 Tips for Creating a Fair Parenting Plan

As parents considering divorce, you and your spouse have many decisions to make. One of the most important decisions you’ll face is about crafting your parenting plan. When you and your spouse realize that you are headed for divorce, you need to sit down to create a parenting plan immediately. By creating your parenting plan early on, you increase the odds that your child will have a smoother transition with the Read More

The Child’s Best Interests Explained

As a divorcing parent in California, you have probably heard the term, “in the child’s best interests.” It’s a phrase with a comforting idea. However, as a parent at the mercy of the court, the vague verbiage behind this kind sentiment can be confusing. Here’s what the court means when they refer to “the child’s best interests.” All states have different philosophies and ways of making decisions when it comes to Read More