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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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Requesting a Spousal Support Modification

The court may award alimony, or spousal support, to a lower-earning spouse to help them readjust to single life. These payments can be temporary or permanent depending on a couple’s financial ...
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Identifying Domestic Abuse

Acts of domestic abuse are typically driven by feelings of insecurity and fear. Abusers often use physical and psychological tactics to dominate and manipulate their partners. This behavior stems from ...
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Breaking the Ice: Talking to Your Fiancé about Drafting a Prenup

American popular culture has reframed weddings into being the ultimate celebrations of love and romance. However, you and your spouse have many important decisions to make before you walk down the ...
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Spouses Request Accelerated Divorces in Light of the TCJA Deadline

On December 22, 2017, President Trump signed the controversial Tax Cuts & Jobs Act into law. This aggressive and sweeping tax legislation is eliminating personal exemptions, making significant ...
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What You Need to Know About Stepchild Adoption

When couples get divorced, they often discover happiness in building separate lives and starting new families. This can leave the child of a previous marriage feeling adrift and ultimately questioning ...
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Do I Need a Lawyer for My Divorce?

Divorce is an incredibly complicated legal process even for couples who amicably agree that it suits their best interests. In fact, many spouses underestimate how many decisions and complex ...
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