A Quick Explanation of Uncontested vs. Contested Divorce in California

While divorce laws differ from state to state, divorce is generally divided into two classifications: contested and uncontested. While both forms of divorce include attorneys and time in court, an uncontested divorce tends to be simpler. In order to qualify, you and your spouse will need to see eye-to-eye on some significant problems. Uncontested Divorce Generally speaking, when we ask this question, we try to Read More

5 Tips for Newly Blended Families

As many remarriages involve children from previous relationships, mixed families are more common than ever. However, when families blend, it seldom progresses smoothly. Some kids may resist changes, while you may become frustrated as a parent when your new family does not work the same way as your previous family once did. While mixing families requires adjustment for everyone involved, these guidelines can help your Read More

QRDOs: How Retirement Accounts are Handled in a California Divorce

Although you may not be able to receive benefits from your pension plan until you reach your retirement age, your plan can usually be divided into a divorce process long before your retirement. California courts can split pensions and other pension plans just as you and your spouse can split other types of property. Pension plans, however, may require additional paperwork to split them legally. Separate Property Read More

Writer recognized as a Certified Family Law Specialist

Kayleene H. Writer has earned the distinction of being recognized as a Certified Family Law Specialist, certified by the State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization. This certification is granted to a small percentage of California family law attorneys who have competed a rigorous certification process and have demonstrated the highest standards of legal competence.  This level of distinction shows true Read More

Understanding What California Courts Consider When Calculating Child Support

In California, financial support for children is based on a mathematical formula that takes into account the income of the parents, how much time each parent spends with the child, and any tax exemptions available to either parent. This formula is used when determining the support of a minor child, including in cases of divorce, paternity, and domestic partnership. Like most states, California has an online child Read More

New Office Photos by Linda Joseph-Turek

Thank you, Linda Joseph-Turek, for the amazing new pictures of our office and staff. Read More

7 Steps to Take If You Believe Divorce Is Imminent

Divorce is a long process for many couples. Whether it results from years of increasing animosity or comes quickly after a huge disruption, most people know that a divorce is unavoidable for weeks or even months in advance. If you are thinking about divorcing your partner or think that your partner will be filing for a divorce in the near future, there are steps you can take to safeguard yourself to reduce the Read More

Top 5 California Divorce Myths Debunked!

Perhaps it’s because divorces are so unique and such emotional events that myths about divorce are created. What happens in one instance gets shared with a group of people. Suddenly, the results of one divorce become the predicted results for all divorces. Below are the top five California divorce myths.   Myth #1: Courts Favor Moms This is false. It’s illegal for California courts to have a preference for one Read More

California Family Law 101: Understanding Annulment as an Alternative to Divorce

For some couples, an annulment might be a better option than a divorce. For some couples, it may have been because of an inherent illegality to the marriage itself. No matter what your situation, if you qualify, an annulment will legally indicate that your marriage was not valid -- that it never existed legally. So, how and when can annulment be an alternative to divorce? Who Can File for an Annulment? In Read More

5 Ways Dads Can Co-Parent Healthily After a Divorce

Divorce can be very painful for everyone involved, especially the children. Even in the best of circumstances, a divorce is going to change the dynamic of the relationship between kids and parents, and that can be very hard to get used to. As a father, it is important to do everything you can to co-parent in a healthy way that will allow your kids to grow up well-adjusted and ready for whatever comes their way. The Read More