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 […]

31 May 2013 0 Comments

I didn’t hit my wife – help me!

ShareUnfortunately, domestic violence occurs thousands of times every day in the United States.  Even though men are responsible for more than 90% of these incidents, women play a part as well. Domestic violence is considered a criminal act that involves physical, sexual, or psychological abuse within an intimate relationship. Incidents may involve battery, assault, force, […]

15 March 2013 0 Comments

Victims of domestic violence

ShareA romantic relationship can end for a variety of reasons. A couple may no longer find themselves attracted to one another. They may relocate to different areas and have difficulty carrying on a long-distance relationship. Or, the relationship may end for more serious reasons. Those who are intimate may have a bitter fight or one […]

27 December 2012 0 Comments

What is a contested divorce?

Share Every divorce case is challenging, but contested divorces can be especially difficult.  A contested divorce is when the couple cannot agree on key issues, causing a certain level of conflict between them. It is best for all concerned when matters that are being contested can be resolved outside of the court through negotiations or […]

26 September 2012 0 Comments

Contempt of court

Share You and your ex-spouse are expected to follow court orders that are handed to you during the divorce process.  To ignore them, means you are in contempt of court and that is a crime. You may think you have a good reason to defy a court order.  A spouse who disagrees with an existing […]

21 June 2012 0 Comments

Reduction in spousal support

Share Spousal support is payment made by the spouse who has been the main provider of the other spouse over the course of the marriage. It is paid to help the dependent spouse maintain their standard of living.  In certain cases, it is paid until the dependent spouse gets remarried. Spousal support can be changed; […]

15 March 2012 0 Comments

Enforcing a support order

ShareJust because a court makes an order for one party to pay another party support, it does not always mean the paying party will obey the order.  Statistics indicate that in the United States there are approximately 30% of support orders that are in default and a huge amount are by men.  There are many […]

9 March 2012 0 Comments

Relocation issues

ShareWith today’s fast-moving pace, including job loss and job transfers, a custodial parent may very well want to relocate to another state for any number of reasons.  What happens when there is a custody order in place that allows for visitation with the non-custodial parent?  If this is the case, the custodial parent must petition […]

8 March 2012 0 Comments

How long does child support have to be paid?

ShareIn California, a child is entitled to be supported by both of his or her parents until the age of 18 – sometimes longer.  If your child is a full-time high school student and still lives with a parent, support ends when he or she graduates or turns 19, whichever occurs first.  However, if the […]

7 March 2012 0 Comments

Who decides the primary residence of the child?

ShareIn a divorce proceeding, unless there is a significant reason not to do so, most family courts award joint custody to the parents.  Unless the parents are actually working together to provide a good environment for their child, an argument could arise regarding whose home will be the primary residence.  When they live close to […]