Toxic Relationships Impact Your Kids, Too

At every corner of the internet, there’s information about “staying together for the kids” and how it might be better to just suck it up when you’re in a toxic relationship. There are studies about how stable relationships in the home are beneficial for children and likely set them up for healthy relationships later in life. That’s all well and good, but is your relationship actually stable if the two of you can’t Read More

Key Factors to Determine Spousal Support in California

When you’re going through a divorce, one of the major financial considerations will be spousal support (commonly known as alimony) in California. This is a court-ordered payment from one party to the other following divorce. Usually, these payments are only ordered when the divorce will cause a significant change in lifestyle for the partner who no longer has access to the funds the other spouse still has. We hear Read More

When You Need to Update Your Estate Plan Immediately

Your estate plan is a part of your legacy. It’s going to be the best avenue you have to define your wishes and ensure all your hard work ends up in the right hands after you’re gone. So, you should be thinking about your plan every step of the way. Life comes at us fast, and when things change in your life you should consider how those changes impact your estate plan. Your family structure changes This Read More

How to Get Your Child Back When They’re Taken From You

For children, the best place for them should be home. A stable home life allows your children to grow and sets them up for not only future personal success but provides a guide to what home life should look when they start a family of their own. However, sometimes home life is disrupted by authorities who believe your child is in danger. We’ve previously talked about juvenile dependency laws in California. Certain Read More

3 Different Trusts That Might Be Right For You

Estate Planning is the process of working with an attorney to create a legally-binding plan for what will happen to your belongings, property, and remaining money after you pass away. Estate Planning can be accomplished through a variety of methods, or even a combination of a few. Your Estate Plan is catered to fit your life and your specific needs. One of the most helpful forms of Estate Planning is through Read More

Understanding Legal Separation in California

If you are having difficulties in your marriage, you have likely started researching what options you have available to you. It is a good idea to understand your situation as well as possible so that you can make the right choices for yourself and your family. For many couples who believe that their marriage may be ending, a legal separation is a smart first step. This process will provide everyone the legal Read More

Christmas for Divorced Parents

The holiday season is always difficult for divorced parents and their children. Parents have to let go of old grudges and bad memories so that they can work together and make the season special for the kids, who may be feeling sad at the realization that their family is now divided. Young children can be especially affected by the post-divorce holidays because routine makes them feel safe, and this year they are Read More

How Is Alimony Determined?

A significant reason why divorce can be so stressful is because of the uncertainty it brings. The future you had imagined is no longer achievable. In addition to losing a partner, you may have to negotiate child custody, child support, and alimony.  Asking about the financial aspects of divorce (i.e., child support & alimony) is not self-centered. People may worry about how they appear when they focus on the Read More

Becoming A Successful Co-parent

After your divorce is finalized, you will no longer be a husband or a wife, but you are still a parent. And you will need to be one when your child needs it the most. You face the challenge of being at your best for the sake of your children when you may be struggling emotionally.  To help you navigate through some of the more emotionally complex aspects of your divorce, here are helpful tips for building good Read More

How Long Does It Take To Get Divorced In California?

The short answer to this question is that it takes a minimum of six months. You will quickly discover that these types of questions are followed with the words, “it depends.” That is not a means to circumvent the question.  These answers are always tied to your specific circumstances. And a lawyer—one who is well versed and experienced with family law—would be in the best position to do that for you. To give you a Read More