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A Brief Overview of Grandparents’ Rights in California

Substance abuse. Incarceration. Death. Divorce. There are many reasons families can separate. When these types of scenarios occur, there’s often a question as to whether the mother or father of a child will have custody moving forward. But can grandparents get involved? Do grandparents have any rights in California? To put it simply, yes, grandparents do have certain legal rights in our state. They can seek Read More

Four Tips for Juggling Responsibilities As a Divorced Parent During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Across the United States, people are feeling anxious and stressed about the repercussions of the pandemic and the uncertainty of the future. This is a difficult moment, especially for parents who wonder how this will impact their children, both from an emotional and educational standpoint. Among parents, it can be especially hard on those who are divorced and feel like they are tackling it all alone. How will you Read More

Understanding California Restraining Orders

As people continue to stay home to prevent the spread of COVID-19, data suggests that the rates of domestic violence are rising across the nation. Whether it’s due to the frustration of being stuck at home together or the lack of other outlets for anger and energy, this can spell danger for many people in abusive relationships. If you are in danger, the first thing you need to do is physically remove yourself from Read More

Three Major Reasons Unwed Fathers Should Legally Establish Their Paternity

In a recent blog post, we discussed two ways California courts establish paternity. In today’s blog, we’re looking at paternity from another angle -- why you would want to legally establish your paternity. Unwed fathers are faced with a choice. They can take action or they can choose not to. Either way, they’re still their child’s father and some argue that that’s enough, and that they don’t need their name to Read More

Child Custody Law Basics: What You Need to Know

No parent ever relishes the thought of having to fight for custody of their children, but the reality is that during a divorce, joint custody is never a guarantee, especially if the other spouse disputes such an arrangement. If you are getting divorced, here are a few things about the child custody laws that you should know. How does a judge decide which parent gets custody? All judges base their custody Read More

Coronavirus and Child Support

Today we are living in a world that just a few weeks to a month or two ago, most of us never would have imagined. As we face our new reality, we rush to put systems in place that will allow us a semblance of normalcy and keep us closer to our routines and order from before. For parents who rely on child support payments from their formal partners, there’s a big question looming: How will coronavirus impact child Read More

Four Tips for Successful Co-Parenting Post-Divorce

After a divorce, it’s time to build a new normal -- not just for yourself but also for your children. Many recently divorced parents feel frustrated and anxious that they have to have a continued relationship with their ex-spouse as co-parents. We certainly understand this anxiety. That’s why today’s blog post is about ways you can move past your negative feelings and build a successful co-parenting relationship that Read More

Lend a Helping Hand: How to Help Friends and Loved Ones Navigate Their Divorce

It can be heartbreaking to watch a friend go through a divorce. Whether you’ve been through it yourself and know the pain and complicated emotions that go along with ending a marriage, or you’ve never been through something like that before and can’t even begin to imagine what it would feel like, trying to find the words to say that will make your friend feel better can feel impossible. Luckily, a true friend doesn’t Read More

How to Take Care of YOURSELF When Your Marriage is Failing

A failing marriage can be extremely hard on your self-esteem. It’s difficult not to see yourself through the eyes of your partner when you know they’re disenchanted with you and it feels like your flaws are all they seem to notice anymore. Don’t look at romantic holidays like Valentine’s Day as a downer. When you’re falling out of love, all of the hearts and chocolates and roses of Valentine’s Day can feel Read More

Forcing Your Ex to Pay Child Support

Are you the custodial parent of your child, feeling stuck because you’re dealing with a noncustodial parent who won’t pay court-ordered child support? Whether they’re not paying it on time or not paying it at all, they could technically be held in contempt of court for what they are doing (or, well, not doing). But even knowing that, you might feel helpless. You might be strapped for cash, struggling to pay for your Read More