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

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