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April 2016 Archives

Can I modify child support for medical expenses?

Generally speaking, out of pocket medical expenses are considered additional expenses not combined with basic child support. These expenses are considered "extraordinary" because they exceed the basic cost of healthcare under any given plan. They may include deductibles, co-pays, dental and vision costs, and prescriptions that are not covered by a plan. If protocol on how to handle these out-of-pocket expenses is not addressed in the current child support order, a child support modification may be necessary.

Determining visitation for grandparents

Divorce affects every family member involved. The emotional toll divorce takes can even be felt by individuals outside of the immediate family. For grandparents, divorce may mean facing the possibility of never seeing a grandchild again. Fortunately, California law allows grandparents to request consideration by the family court for visitation with a grandchild following a divorce.

Secure your financial future with a prenuptial agreement

A great number of marriages end in divorce. As unfortunate as that is, it's the truth. Individuals coming into a marriage with children from a previous marriage, business ownership or substantial assets may best prepare for the possibility of divorce by drafting an effective and comprehensive prenuptial agreement.

Is a division of property worksheet necessary?

When a marriage ends, few other aspects of the dissolution are as complicated as property division. In the event either spouse has substantial assets, debts or even business interests, this process can be made extremely complex and challenging. A great way to stay focused and organized during property division is to use a property worksheet. Although these tools are not necessary, they are an invaluable resource for what could be an extremely confusing process.

Four ways to avoid summer custody disputes

Now that spring break is over, children across California are eagerly looking forward to summer. You may have big plans as a parent, too - perhaps you're mapping out a road trip, researching summer camps or just looking forward to more time with your kids. If you are divorced or separated, however, disputes over parenting time can derail even the best plans.

Protect your future in complex California property division proceedings

Financial matters are a major concern in California divorces. Both spouses are concerned with their financial stability after the divorce has been finalized, and the courts consider a number of factors in an effort to ensure that each spouse receives a fair share of all eligible assets.

Be prepared for temporary custody orders

The more complex a divorce case is, the longer it generally takes. When children are involved, temporary custody orders must be made by the family court to address custody during the process of divorce. Although temporary order hearings are informal, custody arrangements are made swiftly during these short proceedings. Coming to these hearings prepared can make a great bit of difference to divorcing parents when requesting custody.

When is a prenuptial agreement a bad idea?

So many soon-to-be newlyweds kick around the idea of drafting a prenuptial agreement before marriage. What was once considered taboo is now actually considered forward thinking and good planning. Many couples may justify a prenuptial agreement by running down the list of pros and why entering into one is a good idea. However, occasionally a prenuptial agreement is not in a spouse's best interest. By understanding the difference between a good and bad prenuptial agreement, spouses can help protect themselves from an unfair contract.

Same-sex couples equal on all fronts

Although here in California it has been legal for same-sex couples to adopt children for quite some time, the recent lift in Mississippi's ban on adoption equality marks a new era for same-sex couples. As of April, it is legal for same-sex couples to adopt children in all 50 states. While this development marks, yet another victory in the fight for equality, it also may mark the start of an additional battle during divorce. Children indeed are a blessing, but in the event of divorce, they are an emotional aspect that can become quite complicated. 

Property division is about more than just stuff

Many divorcing spouses think that property division during divorce is simply about who gets the furniture, the car and the home. While it does have a great deal to do with typical household belongings, it has even more to do with each spouse's financial future. After all, marital property can be just about anything spouses have acquired throughout their marriage, even debt. Understanding how property division in divorce can impact your current and future financial health is just one of the many important aspects of divorce that an experienced attorney can help you with.

How do I know if I'm eligible for child support?

Not every divorced or single parent receives or pays child support. There are many parents out there who wonder if they are eligible to request child support from their child's other parent. Although there is no exact formula when determining an individual's eligibility for child support payments, there are a few basic considerations that should be made first.

Stand up for your parental rights during a custody battle

We understand that during this tough time in your life, it may be more difficult to stay focused and determined when fighting for child custody. You may think the odds are against you, or you may believe you have no grounds to argue for sole custody. Regardless of your situation or how grim it may seem, there are experienced family law attorneys that can help you reach your goal and exercise your parental rights.

Divorce takes center stage over same-sex marriage

It's hard to believe that it has been almost a year since the Supreme Court's ruling on same-sex marriage. And while support for and against same-sex marriage spread like wildfire in the months following the ruling, things have seemed to settle down. In fact, according to a new survey, Americans have grown quite comfortable with the idea of same-sex marriage and quite uncomfortable with the idea of divorce. 

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