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Is My Inheritance Considered Community Property?

Posted in Community Property,Prenuptial Agreements,Property Division on July 13, 2020

One of the main issues every divorce case involves is property division. How a judge will divide the property, assets and debts you and your spouse have acquired during marriage will depend on the laws in your state. California is in the minority as a community property state. This law means your ex-spouse could receive… read more


Can My Ex Leave the State With Our Child?

Posted in Best Interest of the Child,Child Custody,Co-Parenting,Family Code on June 25, 2020

A divorce case involving kids is complicated. The parents or courts will come up with a custody agreement each spouse must obey. If one spouse breaks the terms of the agreement, it can lead to serious criminal repercussions. Leaving the state with a child, for example, could be against the custody agreement and the law… read more


Family Law Mediation – How Can Mediation Help a Family Matter?

Posted in Divorce Mediation on May 21, 2020

Family law is a large practice area that encompasses matters such as divorce, child custody, visitation, spousal support, estate plans, prenuptial agreements and domestic violence. Every year, the courts in California hear thousands of family law cases. Not every family matter must go to trial, however. With alternative dispute resolution options such as mediation, many… read more


My Ex Ignores Social Distancing. What Should I Do?

Posted in Best Interest of the Child,Co-Parenting on May 21, 2020

Dividing your time spent with your child after a divorce now has an additional concern: the COVID-19 virus. While sharing custody and visiting your child is problematic enough under various lockdown and shelter-in-place orders, it can be even more distressing to discover your ex is not taking the virus seriously. While you are doing your… read more


Domestic Violence & COVID-19

Posted in Domestic Violence on April 27, 2020

Shelter-in-place orders due to COVID-19/coronavirus concerns have significant ramifications for people who are not safe at home. Adults and children trapped with abusive or violent household members may be at serious risk of bodily harm. At the same time as the stay-at-home order, courthouses throughout the US have shut down or significantly reduced their operations… read more


What Is the Difference Between Alimony and Child Support?

Posted in Child Support on April 27, 2020

A divorce case in California could involve many financial matters, including asset division, alimony and child support. Understanding your rights and options, as well as how to protect them on a legal level, is important during a divorce. Otherwise, your spouse or his or her attorney can take advantage of you during arbitration or a… read more


COVID 19 Impact On San Diego Family Law – What YOU need to know

Posted in uncategorized on April 9, 2020

The San Diego County Superior Court Family Law Divisions have been closed, along with all other divisions at our courthouses, to regular business since March 16, 2020. The Family Law courts will remain closed until at least April 30, 2020.  No hearings.  No access to filing regular business documents. Don’t worry though, the Court is… read more


Property division involving 401(k) not straightforward process

Posted in Property Division on April 26, 2019

Getting divorced can quickly take a financial and emotional toll on an individual in California. A major area of concern for those going through divorce is how to handle property division with their retirement funds. Here are a couple of tips for protecting a 401(k) during a divorce proceeding. First, it is critical to understand the… read more


Know when you can end child support payments

Posted in uncategorized on April 25, 2019

Your child is approaching their 18th birthday, and you are elated. They’re happy, healthy and have reached adulthood. You couldn’t be more proud. Another huge benefit of your child reaching 18 is that you believe you can stop paying child support. You don’t intend to stop taking care of your child, but not having that… read more


Child support is modifiable based on circumstances

Posted in Child Support on April 18, 2019

Divorce is understandably a complicated emotional process in California, particularly when it involves young children. Families differ in how they handle child custody. However, courts usually require the noncustodial parent to make child support payments to the other parent so that the custodial parent does not have to financially support the children on his or… read more


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