What Exactly Are the Child’s Best Interests?

In California, family court judges must base their custody decisions on what is best for the children. On the outset, both parents have equal rights to custody of their child. Mothers are no longer favored simply for being women. Instead, California law determines the child’s best interests based on two specific policies which then break down further into mitigating factors. Safety, Health, and Welfare of the Read More

What You Need to Know About Selecting the Right Guardian

Planning your estate becomes more complicated when you have children. You’ll need to arrange for someone to care for them if you and the other parent die or become incapacitated, so they won’t end up in foster care. Being placed with a new family can be disruptive and traumatic for your child, so choosing a legal guardian in your will or grant of guardianship is extremely important. Here are some suggestions on what Read More

Understanding California’s Move-Away Laws

Separation and divorce are tough situations for any family. When a parent wants to move after the divorce is finalized to start a new life or new job, it becomes even more complex. While a judge won’t force a parent to stay within state borders after a divorce, they can change the custody orders after relocation to better serve the needs of your children. Custodial parents have the legal right to travel and Read More

What a Prenup CAN’T Do

There was a time when most people believed that a prenuptial agreement was only for celebrities and the wealthy. However, they are becoming more commonplace today with people trying to protect assets. That being said, there are many misconceptions on what a prenuptial agreement is, what it covers, and what it doesn't. One of the most important constraints that must be kept in mind is that no part of a prenuptial Read More

Top 7 Common Mistakes to Avoid During Child Custody Proceedings

Divorce has a tendency to bring out the worst in people and few things are better at that than fighting for custody of the children. It’s far too easy to let your emotions take control and then wind up with you making potentially very damaging mistakes. Here are 7 mistakes that you need to avoid to ensure the best possible outcome for your case.   1) Do not make any threats against your spouse, direct or Read More

What Happens When a Spouse is Caught Hiding Assets in a Divorce?

If you are going through a divorce, you might feel that you need to protect yourself by hiding assets from your spouse. There are several major reasons why you shouldn’t resort to this, not the least of which is that it is illegal to knowingly not disclose any assets to your spouse’s lawyers. It is important to remember that when you disclose your financial information to the court, you are making a sworn Read More

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