3 December 2013 0 Comments

Working Together is Good for All: Joint Custody Agreements

ShareDid you know that children in joint custody arrangements have fewer behavioral and emotional problems? In addition they have high self-esteem and better family and school relationships. Children need both parents in their lives. The following are some helpful hints to make sure that co-parenting and joint custody work in your family: Set up a […]

6 June 2013 0 Comments

Do I have to share my retirement account with my ex?

ShareToday, most couples, even if they are not considered wealthy, own their own home, one or two vehicles and most likely have retirement accounts. How these assets are valued and divided is something you don’t want to leave to just anyone. Property division is a key aspect in divorce cases. According to California Family Code […]

7 January 2013 0 Comments

Hugh Hefner marries his 26-year old girlfriend

Share The New Year started off with 86-year old Hugh Hefner finally marrying his 26-year old girlfriend. If you can remember, the young bride broke off their engagement right before the marriage was supposed to take place in 2011.  The couple exchanged vows at the Playboy Mansion on New Year’s Eve. Hefner has been married […]

17 October 2012 0 Comments

What is a basic estate plan?

Share Regardless of how old you are or how busy you are, it is important to take the time to plan for the future well-being of your children and loved ones.  Creating an estate plan is a way to provide support to those around you if you should die or become disabled. A basic estate […]

7 June 2012 0 Comments

Planning for children with special needs

Share When a couple has a child with special needs, they must plan their estate carefully to benefit that child after their death.  They must consider the issues involved in developing an estate plan when the future of their child must be taken into account. Estate planning should be done regardless of the size of […]

11 May 2012 0 Comments

What are my marriage rights?

Share California grants married couples certain rights.  Whether or not you favor marriage as a social institution, you cannot deny that it offers many rights, benefits and protection – both legal and practical. Rights and benefits given to a married couple include: ·     Tax – filing joint income tax returns ·     Government – social security, […]

9 May 2012 0 Comments

Who can I leave my pension to?

Share Generally, if you are married, your spouse is entitled to a portion of your pension if you die first.  However, the individual should have an option to leave part of his or her pension to the surviving spouse and/or child. Most employers offer an option on the pension plan.  Depending on the specifics in […]

27 April 2012 0 Comments

Divorced and living together

Share California affords certain rights and benefits to married couples.  These rights and benefits are not given to domestic partners or couples who cohabitate.  Once the couple is divorced, they no longer enjoy the same rights they once shared as a married couple. Once a couple is divorced, even if they are still living together, […]

2 April 2012 0 Comments

Who needs to think about estate planning?

Share Planning for after your death is something no one wants to discuss. Young couples often put off discussing this because after all, they are too young for death.  However, sudden deaths do occur.  You should not wait until you are sick, old or incapacitated to create a legal estate plan. No one is too […]

23 February 2012 0 Comments

Providing for my domestic partner

ShareCalifornia Family Code Section 297 states, “Domestic partners are two adults who have chosen to share one another’s lives in an intimate and committed relationship of mutual caring.” In order to establish a domestic partnership in California, both persons must file a Declaration of Domestic Partnership with the Secretary of State, meeting all pertinent requirements.  California […]