Your New Normal: 4 Tips for a Happy Post-Divorce Life

Whether you’re excited about getting a divorce or only going through with it because your spouse insists, it’s a huge transition. Starting your post-divorce life can feel a little like rebuilding everything from scratch. But rebuilding doesn’t have to be a bad thing. These tips can help you create a life for yourself that is happier and healthier than the one you had before. Build a Support System Don’t try Read More

5 Emotions You May Feel During Your Divorce

The end of a marriage is rarely easy on your emotions. While it may be tempting to shut down emotionally, it’s actually very important to pay attention to what you’re feeling so that you can handle it in the healthiest way possible.  There are a lot of things to take care of in a divorce -- upset children, new housing, piles of paperwork. It’s important to take care of yourself too. The following emotions are all Read More

The Two Ways California Courts Establish Paternity

Legally establishing paternity is important for both you and your child. Having your name on your child’s birth certificate gives you the right to ask for custody and visitation. It allows them to be covered by your medical and life insurance, gives them access to family medical histories, and makes it easier for them to inherit assets. It also makes it possible for you to grant them the permission they need (until Read More

Enforcing Your Rights: Understanding Motions of Contempt

The term “contempt” is the legal definition applied to the scenario where a person deliberately disobeys a court order. Finding someone in contempt of family law is a way for the court to implement child support, spousal assistance, custody, and visitation orders breached by a party. Common Examples of Contempt Cases Either the action or inaction of a person can lead to contempt for him/her. Some prevalent Read More

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

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

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