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Can Holiday Debt Be Included in Chapter 7 Bankruptcy?

Now that we’re in the middle of the holiday season, we thought it would be timely to discuss holiday debt and whether it can be included in Chapter 7 bankruptcy. If you’re like a lot of ...
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Tips for Child Custody During the Holidays

It’s that time of year again. It’s time for eggnog, turkey, ham, traditional holiday dinners, work Christmas parties, pumpkin pie, Hanukkah, and Christmas celebrations. For many people, ...
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Why Not Leave the Kids with My Spouse?

When a married couple decides to divorce, it can be very difficult to continue living together under the same roof. This is especially the case if the couple argues non-stop or if someone cheated or ...
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When Can a Stepparent Adopt a Stepchild in California?

When someone marries a man or woman who has a child from a previous relationship, he or she will become the child’s stepparent, but that is not the same as legally adopting a child. For example, ...
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Move-Away Actions in Fresno, California

If you are divorced, you may want to know if it’s okay for you to move away with your children. If you move, will you get in trouble with the court? Will your former spouse get upset and seek ...
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Can a Spouse Get Alimony if They Cheated?

Each year, countless marriages unravel because of adultery. So, if your marriage has been affected because someone cheated, you have plenty of company. You may also want to know if cheating has any ...
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Parents: Beware of Moving Out of the Family Home

For some of our clients, child custody is a non-issue. Our client gets along reasonably well with their soon-to-be-ex-spouse, and the couple agrees on what child custody arrangement would be in the ...
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At What Age Can a Child Choose Custody in California?

For some parents, one of the most difficult aspects of the divorce process is child custody. Considering all the emotions involved, it’s understandable why parents may ask, “At what age ...
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The Bankruptcy Means Test

Are you considering filing a Chapter 7 bankruptcy? If so, it’s important for you to know that not all debtors qualify for a Chapter 7. Why is this? Because Chapter 7 bankruptcy is reserved for ...
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Domestic Violence Restraining Orders & Divorce in San Jose

Contrary to popular belief, domestic violence is not something that only plagues people who are poor and uneducated. In reality, it affects families from all races, religions, and socioeconomic ...
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Which Comes First, Bankruptcy or Divorce?

It’s no secret that countless marriages fall apart because of financial problems. Because of this, it’s not uncommon for a divorcing couple to be faced with the question, “Do we file ...
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Social Media & Divorce: How to Conduct Yourself Properly

These days, most adults between the ages of 18 and 50 have at least one social media account. A large percentage of our clients have a Facebook account, a LinkedIn account, and an Instagram account, ...
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Can Child Support Be Included in Bankruptcy?

If you have fallen behind on child support, there is a strong possibility that other areas of your finances are hurting as well. Perhaps you lost your job, or your hours were cut. Perhaps you had to ...
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How Does Adultery Impact Spousal Support in California?

It’s no secret that infidelity is a common cause of divorce. If your marriage has been impacted by adultery, you may be wondering if it influences spousal support in California divorces. This is ...
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Millennials & Prenups

A prenuptial agreement, or a “prenup,” is a legal document that outlines how a married couple will divide their assets should they decide to divorce. In the last 50 years, there has been ...
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Divorce & Deportation

Filing for divorce can be an incredibly challenging legal experience. Of course, this legal journey can become even more complicated if you’re in the process of becoming a U.S. citizen. In most ...
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Balancing Joint Custody & Medical Decisions

In California, “joint legal custody” means that both parents have a say in any decisions relating to their child’s health, education, and general welfare. However, many parents ...
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Assembly Bill 1498: CA's New Child Support Evader Law

The court reviews several factors before allowing a divorce to proceed. Before spouses can part ways, the judge has a legal obligation to make sure their children will be properly cared for. The ...
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AB 2274: Pets Are Family Members, Not Property

To many Californians, pets are more than just a cute face to come home to at night. The animals in our lives are important family members who serve as our constant and loving companions. In fact, we ...
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What Is a Qualified Domestic Relations Order?

A Qualified Domestic Relations Order, or QRDO, is a court order that specifies how retirement funds are to be distributed during the divorce process. Many people forget that retirement funds are part ...
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Including an Infidelity Clause in Your Prenuptial Agreement

According to the American Psychological Association, emotional and physical infidelity are responsible for 20-40% of all divorces in the United States. Because California is a no-fault state, ...
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Understanding the Legal Definition of Domestic Violence in California

Domestic violence is a national epidemic that harms countless men and women across the United States each year. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV), “1 in 4 ...
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Positive New Year's Resolutions to Get You Through Your Divorce

Celebrating New Year’s Eve can be a bittersweet experience for many divorcing couples. While your family and friends are planning parties and thinking about their New Year’s resolutions, ...
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Balancing the "No Parent" & the "Fun Parent" After Your Divorce

One of the most difficult aspects of divorce is learning how to share custody with your ex. No one wants to be the “mean parent,” but what else can you do if your ex is acting ...
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Co-Parenting on Thanksgiving

Holidays can be incredibly difficult for the recently divorced, and Thanksgiving is no exception. In the past, you may have enjoyed cooking and eating a delicious turkey dinner with your spouse and ...
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