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Rebuilding Your Credit After Bankruptcy

When you get a bankruptcy discharge, whether it’s for a Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy, you have a clean financial slate. After the bankruptcy, you may have sworn off credit cards forever, ...
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Impact of Unemployment on Child Support

A huge percentage of Americans are living check to check so it can be nerve-wracking when you lose your job, especially if you have children to support. When noncustodial parents lose their jobs, ...
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When Does Spousal Support End in California?

Spousal support (also known as alimony in some states) is monthly financial support that a higher-earning spouse pays to a lower-earning spouse during or after a divorce or both. Spousal support is ...
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Seeking Custody of a Child Who is Not Yours in California

Are you interested in seeking custody of a child who is not yours? Perhaps this child is a grandson or granddaughter and for some reason, their parents cannot care for them or perhaps Child Protective ...
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Can a Child Support Order Be Changed in California?

Many newly-divorced parents don’t realize it but child support is open-ended. Meaning, it is subject to being changed in the future; it’s not necessarily a fixed amount. In life and ...
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Can I Get Legally Separated in California?

Legal separation is not available in all states, but it IS an option in California. What is a legal separation and how is it different than divorce? A legal separation is a lot like a divorce. It ...
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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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