4 Ways to Financially Prepare for a Divorce

If there’s one thing most people dread about divorce, it’s the cost. However, with the right amount of planning, you can limit any financial setbacks. Follow these four tips on how to financially prepare for your divorce. 1) Start saving as soon as possible! If you haven’t yet filed for divorce, the best thing you can do is start saving for whatever life changes you anticipate (and maybe don’t anticipate) once Read More

4 Ways You Can Help Your Kids Adjust to Splitting Time Between You and Your Ex

Getting divorced can be emotionally taxing. Aside from the loss of a relationship, however, the greatest challenge is figuring out how to go from a two-income household to a single-income household. Now that you won’t be sharing your living expenses with another contributing adult, it’s important that you plan for your financial future. 1. Work with your ex Divorce can be especially painful on children, but Read More

How to Write an Effective Parenting Plan That Works for All

Co-parenting from two separate households does not have to be the drama-filled nightmare you may be expecting. To help separating parents co-parent more effectively, California family courts usually implement documents known as “parenting plans” into final orders for divorce or child custody matters. Parenting plans dictate how parents will co-parent from a practical standpoint and help mitigate any logistical Read More

Your Questions Answered: What Is Collaborative Law and What Are Its Advantages?

Divorces are often portrayed as contentious and full of conflict. But it doesn’t have to be. Even the most painful separations may benefit from a process called collaborative law. Collaborative law is the process of working out a divorcing couple’s issues through a series of negotiation and discussions. In instances where both parties are willing to work through their issues, rather than fight it out in court, Read More

4 Reasons You Might Need a Post-Marital Agreement

Most couples have heard of a premarital agreement, which are typically entered into before a couple is married. However, post-nuptial agreements are becoming increasingly useful and are entered into after marriage. Both types of agreements protect the assets of both parties and can clarify the distribution of property in the event of divorce. Although the subject is a touchy one for many couples, “pre-nups” or Read More

5 Ways You Can Support Your Children Through Your Divorce

Your divorce may be harder on your children than you realize. Children at any age may not understand what is happening. They may be confused or angry. Your kids may even blame themselves for the changes that your family is experiencing. Supporting your child during a divorce can be especially difficult because you are facing new challenges yourself. However, as a parent, you need to set aside time and make efforts Read More

California Family Law: The Termination of Parental Rights

If parents fail to take their responsibilities seriously or put their children in harm’s way, they may be subject to an action to terminate their parental rights. This means that the adult will no longer have a say in how the child is raised, and all of the rights and obligations associated with being a parent will be terminated. Termination is permanent unless that parent meets very stringent standards under Read More

How is Spousal Support Determined in California?

Alimony, or spousal support, is used to help one spouse with a sudden loss of income after a divorce. In many relationships, one spouse will generate more income than the other, and the couple relies on the total revenue between the spouses to maintain their household. When income is suddenly removed, that can result in serious lifestyle changes for one or both spouses. Spousal support is usually a periodic Read More

4 Situations that Warrant a Spousal Support Modification

The parties in a divorce or the court set out how much spousal support will be based on the circumstances at the time they make that decision. However, things do change, and those changes may warrant a modification of spousal support. To obtain a spousal support modification, the party requesting the change must show that there has been a “material change in circumstances.” When one party requests a change, the Read More

How California Enforces Child Support Orders

Child support is a vital part of raising a child for many parents. After all, it helps a custodial parent deal with the everyday costs associated with caring for a child. Unfortunately, some parents choose to deliberately deprive their child of child support for a variety of reasons, including spite, laziness, a simple lack of caring, or a multitude of other reasons. Thankfully, California offers ways for parents to Read More