Family Law

Recent Posts in Family Law

  • 10-Oct-2019

    The Problem of Double Dipping in Domestic Support Cases

    What Is Double Dipping? Double-dipping refers to counting an asset once for purpose of dividing community property and again for determining spousal support or child support. Double-dipping typically arises in cases involving an ownership interest in ...
  • 30-Sep-2019

    Differences Between Guardianship & Adoption

    Parents have certain rights and responsibilities regarding the care, custody, and protection of their children. Those rights and responsibilities are the product of the parent-child relationship—a relationship that the law recognizes as a ...
  • 25-Jun-2019

    Why Is Your Date of Separation So Important?

    While most people view marriage and divorce as primarily personal and private matters, they are important legal statuses that state governments regulate. For instance, California has laws prohibiting bigamy, marriage between close blood relatives, ...
  • 21-Jun-2019

    Health Considerations for Fathers in Family Law Cases

    The importance of personal health cannot be overemphasized. Good personal health can extend your life and give you the energy to deal with stress and the fortitude to recover from illness. As a corollary, poor health can shorten your life expectancy ...
  • 21-May-2019

    Considerations for Maternal Mental Health in Family Law Cases

    Although there have been major developments in the field of psychology and mental health, mental illness and wellbeing remain largely misunderstood. Many of the stigmas associated with psychology's past still pervade the general population's ...
  • 15-May-2019

    Insurance Considerations for Divorce

    Many divorce cases involve issues that affect the former child support and spousal support obligations of the parties. Because these obligations have the potential to extend for several years after the couple gets a divorce, certain insurance ...
  • 17-Apr-2019

    California's Unique Rules for Attorney's Fees in Divorce Cases

    When a couple gets a divorce in California, disagreement over critical issues can cause a simple court proceeding to drag out for years. This can cause the parties to incur significant attorney’s fees over time. Given the potential costs of ...
  • 8-Mar-2019

    Assembly Bill 2274: California's New "Pet Custody" Law

    According to a survey conducted by the American Pet Products Association, approximately 85 million families in the United States own some type of pet. California residents, in particular, take great pride in spoiling their animal companions. In fact, ...
  • 18-Feb-2019

    Can Prenups & Postnups Lead to Stronger Marriages?

    In the last 50 years, there has been a significant shift in how Americans conceptualize the institution of marriage. Not only are people getting married later, they’re also drafting and signing documents that prepare their individual estates ...
  • 9-Jan-2019

    The TCJA & Your Divorce

    As of December 31, 2018, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) has changed which tax benefits and exemptions are available to divorced couples. For example, some of these provisions include noteworthy changes to alimony and dependent exemption deductions. ...
  • 29-Oct-2018

    How Remarriage in California Affects Alimony & Child Support

    When couples divorce in California, the court will often order one party to pay the other alimony and/or child support payments to the other. If one of the parties remarries, does that affect spousal support and child support? When it comes to ...
  • 18-Sep-2018

    Back to School Tips for Co-Parents

    Kids are back in school and this is often a busy time for families as they try to get everything together and make sure their children have everything they need to attack the academic year. However, it can be even more hectic for parents who are ...
  • 15-Aug-2018

    Protecting Your Business During Your Divorce

    If you own your own business and plan to divorce your spouse, there are a few things that you should first consider. Divorce can be complicated for business owners because it puts their company in a compromising position. From losing your business to ...
  • 13-Jul-2018

    What Is the Community Property Law in California?

    Despite California being a community property state since its inception in 1850, the community property system is not an easy one to navigate. Although spouses are supposed to split all assets 50-50, deciphering community property vs. separate ...
  • 25-Apr-2018

    What Can I Do If I Overpaid My Child Support?

    Sometimes, the amount of monthly child support changes over the years. So what happens if you end up paying more than you should've? Unfortunately, according to a case in New York. In Coull v. Rottman, a paying parent who takes credit for ...
  • 18-Apr-2018

    What Can I Do If I Can't Afford Child Support?

    The child support system is designed to provide children with the financial support required to help them thrive and ensure they are taken care of. However, one of the most common issues that come up after a divorce judgment has been entered is that ...
  • 20-Nov-2017

    What Are the Risks of Online Divorce?

    Before making a big decision, it is completely normal to look at all of your options beforehand. When you consider how to handle your divorce, you may be contemplating using an online legal service. With the progression of technology, online services ...
  • 13-Sep-2017

    How to Get a Restraining Order in California

    If you are a survivor of abuse or are being threatened with violence, a restraining order can help keep you and your loved ones safe. A restraining order prohibits an abuser, such as a former spouse, from contacting or even coming within a certain ...
  • 9-May-2017

    Getting A Divorce: Who Gets the House?

    If you are going through a divorce, you may need to decide how your marital properties and assets are divided between you and your spouse. If you are a homeowner, you may also have to decide how your home will be handled. This can be an incredibly ...
  • 20-Jan-2017

    Changes to San Francisco Parental Leave Law Give Parents Get More Time & Money

    When you have a child, you will naturally need to take some time off from work to recover and spend time with your new baby. Unfortunately, most states and cities in this country do not require or encourage companies to provide their employees with ...
  • 16-Nov-2016

    How Custody Can Affect Stepparent Adoption

    Adoption is often regarded as a complex family law process due to the numerous legal steps involved. Stepparent adoption, on the other hand, is sometimes considered the simplest form of adoption because one parent is already the biological parent of ...
  • 14-Apr-2016

    Establishing Paternity in California: What You Need to Know

    In family law disputes regarding child custody or child support in California, it is of utmost importance to know who is the child’s father. Many judges presiding over a divorce proceeding will not finalize their ruling until paternity is ...
  • 28-Mar-2016

    Does Legal Separation Affect Health Insurance?

    Good health insurance policies are becoming notoriously difficult to find or afford, even after numerous government programs and plans. If you are like many other Californians, you actually rely on your spouse’s health insurance coverage for ...
  • 22-Feb-2016

    How Can Social Media Affect My Divorce?

    Posting on social media has become a social norm in modern America. Whenever something happens in our lives, our knee-jerk reaction is to snap a photograph and share our experience with all of our online friends. While Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, ...
  • 2-Dec-2015

    5 Things to Consider Before Divorce

    Divorce can be as sudden as it can be confusing, but that does not have to prevent you from dealing with it on your terms. With proper preparation and some general knowledge about the process, you can really start to understand what is going on, and ...
  • 8-Oct-2015

    What Factors Determine My Visitation Rights?

    In California, when courts come to a decision on visitation rights, or "parenting time," they base their ruling on a number of different factors. Ultimately, these decisions always align with the best interests of the child. To determine ...
  • 2-Sep-2015

    Should I Get an Annulment or a Divorce?

    An annulment is a court procedure that will void or "nullify" a marriage. This is much different from divorce, as it instead treats the marriage like it never existed. Many people prefer to have their marriage annulled instead of going ...