7 False Statements About California Divorces

Getting divorced is a stressful and all-around difficult process. It often leaves at least one spouse worried that they will lose everything when all is said and done. This belief is due in large part to the many myths and sensationalist tabloid headlines that we regularly encounter about people in the public eye. Fortunately, many of these myths and stories are just that: myths and stories. Divorcing couples Read More

Disillusioned: 6 Myths About Pre-Nuptial Agreements You Shouldn’t Believe

Planning and getting ready for marriage is a happy time. It’s one that couples often don’t want to spoil with talk about money or major plans for the future. In that vein, prenuptial agreements (a.k.a. “prenups”) are often viewed as being unromantic, and some might even think they signal distrust and something darker if their partner wants one. However, it’s important to know the truth about all of these myths that Read More

How to File a Restraining Order in California

Filing a restraining order is stressful and complicated. Incorrectly filling out the paperwork, failing to obtain service, or failing to prove your case in court can have potentially life-threatening consequences. To ensure that you obtain the protection you need, consult an experienced lawyer who can guide you through the process.   California courts recognize four different types of restraining orders, but the Read More

California Grandparents’ Rights 101

Families separate for many different reasons: divorce, death, substance abuse, or incarceration, just to name a few. When those situations occur, most people think about which parent will get custody of the children. But what about the grandparents? Do they have legal rights? The short answer is yes, they do have certain legal rights and can seek visitation with grandchildren or even obtain custody. While every state Read More

What Is the Difference Between a Guardianship and a Conservatorship in California?

Planning for the future should not only focus on what happens after you have passed away. Instead, it is a good idea to plan to protect your personal and financial well-being if you become incapacitated and unable to care for yourself. As an individual, you can execute documents to name someone in the event of this happening. Additionally, if there is else in your family who needs the help, then you can petition the Read More

How Do California Restraining Orders Work?

Family law restraining orders provide protection for individuals in a relationship or marriage that have suffered abuse or harassment. They can provide for short and/or long-term protection. Restraining orders can be used for a variety of purposes including: ordering someone out of your home or to keep away from you, preventing someone from owning a firearm, or even to deal with custody issues. However, Read More

How to Manage Divorce Stress

Going through a divorce may be one of the most trying times in your life. Coping may seem impossible some days, but there is a light at the end of the tunnel. You can use the following tips and suggestions to help deal with the stressors that you may endure while going through the divorce process.     Take care of yourself. Stress compromises the immune system. When you are exposed to extreme stress for an Read More

5 Ways You Can Support Your Child Through Your Divorce

There is really no way around it. Divorce is hard on children, in fact, it is likely harder on them than on the adults actually going through a divorce. That being said, there are things that parents can do to help support their children through this difficult time to minimize the stress and anxiety that they are going to experience. Beyond the traditional advice of “putting the kids first,” here are some practical Read More

A Step-by-Step Guide to Stepparent Adoptions in California

When a parent marries another person, that person does not automatically have legal rights when it comes to that parent’s children. Instead, stepparents need to go through the formal process of adopting the child if he or she wants to create the legal relationship between them and the child. Stepparent Adoptions Compared to Traditional Adoptions Stepparent adoptions are similar to other types of adoptions in Read More

When Strength of Will is Not Enough: 7 Things Your Last Will & Testament Cannot Accomplish

A will is a huge part of many estate plans. However, your will is not the only piece of the estate planning puzzle that you need to consider. Many people assume that once they have created their will, they are done with their entire estate plan. This is often not the case. There are many things that a will cannot do that affect the majority of people in the United States, and you should have other methods of Read More