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How to Help Kids Cope With Divorce

How to Help Kids Deal With Divorce Divorce can be an extremely emotionally taxing experience for all involved parties, especially the kids. Children of separating parents tend to have a particularly ...
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Rebuilding Your Financial Health After Bankruptcy!

Most people who come into our office want to build wealth but they have so much debt, it seems years away, if not out of reach. We’ll tell you right now that the fastest way to build wealth is ...
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Owe Child Support? You May Not Get a Stimulus Check

By now, you’ve heard all the “buzz” surrounding the stimulus checks, which are meant to inject cash into an economy hit hard by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. For qualifying ...
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Does Remarriage Affect Your Divorce Settlement?

Does Remarriage Affect Your Divorce? When you or your ex-spouse remarry, some of the agreements from your divorce may change. After a divorce, especially one involving children, one party may have a ...
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Laid Off Due to COVID-19? Bankruptcy Can Help

Are you one of the millions of Americans who were laid off because of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19)? Or, are you a small business owner whose business has been hit hard by COVID-19? If your answer ...
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3 Ways COVID-19 is Impacting Family Law

When Americans first heard of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in China, they probably had no idea how their lives were about to change dramatically. By mid-March of 2020, things started to shift. ...
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Does Cheating Affect Alimony?

Does Cheating Affect Alimony? 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 ...
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Are IRAs Protected in Bankruptcy?

If you’re considering filing Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy and you have an individual retirement account (IRA), you may be wondering if it would be protected or if the funds can be taken to ...
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Does the Wealthier Parent Always Win Custody?

When parents file for divorce in California, the courts encourage them to create a Parenting Plan and decide on child custody together. In the absence of substance abuse, child abuse and neglect, and ...
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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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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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