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

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