To Grandmother’s House We Go: A Brief Guide to Grandparents’ Rights in California

Divorces and custody agreements can be difficult for any family. However, grandparents are often overlooked when designing visitation or custody arrangements. This is unfortunate because many grandparents still want to be involved in their grandchild’s life after a divorce or situation that changes custody. General Grandparent Visitation Rights Parents can always determine that grandparents can visit their Read More

Considering Divorce? Ask Yourself These 4 Important Questions Before You Make a Decision

Divorce is rarely easy. It involves significant emotional stress, financial uncertainty, and deep concern for your children and your future. For many, there comes a time when you realize that the relationship is not working and both spouses would be happier on their own. This is a difficult and heart-wrenching realization in many situations. However, the divorce process itself can be easier if you are mentally and Read More

California Family Law: Understanding the Powers of the California DCSS

California Department of Child Support Services (DCSS) is a state-run program that helps children and families receive the court-ordered support that they are entitled to receive, including both financial and medical support. A network of 51 counties and regional child support agencies provide services to roughly 1.4 million children and families regarding child support. In fact, the DCSS touches virtually every Read More

An Omen for Divorce: 4 Common Myths and Misconceptions About Premarital Agreements

A premarital agreement (also known as a prenuptial agreement) is a contract between two soon-to-be spouses that lays out ownership of particular assets and includes other provisions if the marriage fails. This type of agreement is obviously not the most romantic thing that a couple can do before their wedding, but it can be extremely valuable in the event of a divorce. There are a lot of misconceptions about Read More

New Beginnings: 5 Ways to Move Past Your Divorce

When we get married, we envision ourselves spending the rest of our lives with our significant other…unfortunately, that isn’t always how things end up. Divorces can often be tough (and messy) processes, and it isn’t always easy to cut your ex out of your life due to children, legal proceedings, or financial issues. That being said, a divorce can also be good for you, and can be a chance at new opportunities or a Read More

5 Situations Where a Modification Is Necessary

A Judgment for Dissolution or an Order is a living document that must be revised or modified when circumstances change. Sometimes a change of circumstance occurs years after the final Judgment or Order is made. The Court will modify the Judgment or Order as long as the change in circumstance justifies a change in the Judgment or Order. There are a variety of reasons for requesting a modification. Ideally, the Read More

Understanding California’s Potential Grounds for Annulment

When people think of an annulment, they often mistakenly assume it is just a religious term for a divorce. In reality, there are civil annulments, which are entirely separate from any religious institution, and quite different from a divorce. Unlike a divorce, an annulment states that what appeared to be a marriage, never actually was. In other words, the two parties are declared to have never been legally married. A Read More

Surviving Divorce: How to Better Manage Your Stress

There’s no doubt about it. Divorce is stressful. You are, of course, dealing with the exceptionally difficult emotional challenges inherent in ending your marriage. And not only that, but you must also fight your way through a confusing web of logistics, legal procedure, major life changes, and much more. Stress is ubiquitous to divorce, but it doesn’t have to overwhelm your life or your wellbeing. Below we have Read More

Mommy & Daddy Are Getting a Divorce: 7 Tips to Help You Tell Your Kids

Talking about your divorce with just about anyone is probably going to be a difficult prospect, but one of the most challenging moments you will face during your divorce is breaking the news to your children. This is an incredibly important moment that will likely stick with your children for years to come, so it is essential that you prepare yourself accordingly. The manner in which you approach this discussion Read More

3 Key Benefits of Divorce Mediation

Mediation is a form of alternative dispute resolution intended to provide a mechanism to resolve legal disagreements and disputes in an effective manner without court intervention. Guided by a neutral attorney-mediator, it is a great resource for those facing divorce as it involves a more cooperative—and in most cases more efficient—approach to the emotional and practical challenges inherent in a Read More