25 February 2014 0 Comments

Can I claim my child on my taxes?

ShareNow that tax season is upon us, I have a question. My husband and I have been divorced for almost a year, and our children live with me. Can I claim my children as dependents when I file my taxes? In the case of divorced, separated, or never married parents, only one parent can claim […]

18 November 2013 0 Comments

My New Spouse Earns A High Wage

ShareI have been asked many times by a parent who has remarried if his or her child support payments will increase because they married a high earner. Each parent’s financial support obligation depends on: Total income earned by each parent Time spent with children Number of children Medical needs of children Education needs of children […]

18 December 2012 0 Comments

Are you facing child support issues?

Share Child support is a court-ordered monetary payment made monthly by the non-custodial parent to the custodial parent. It is supposed to provide for the child’s day-to-day needs, such as food, shelter, clothing and medical expenses.  In most cases, this is paid until the child reaches the legal age of 18. If you are not […]

17 December 2012 0 Comments

Facing relocation issues?

Share In all child custody cases, it is the court’s goal to ensure that children have frequent and regular contact with both parents.  The court does not like to see that one parent is moving outside the county in which the case is filed.  If you are looking to relocate with your child, you must […]

24 September 2012 0 Comments

Custody and relocation issues

ShareIn today’s fast-moving society, a custodial parent may seek to relocate to another county or state for many reasons, including a job opportunity or job transfer. When there is a custody order in place that allows a non-custodial parent visitation rights, the custodial parent must petition the court for permission to relocate before doing so. […]

20 June 2012 0 Comments

Child custody and relocation

Share In today’s fast-moving society, a custodial parent may need to relocate to another county or state for any number of reasons, often because of a job opportunity or transfer. If you are the custodial parent and there is a custody order in place that allows for visitation with the non-custodial parent, you must petition […]

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 […]

25 November 2011 0 Comments

Types of child custody

ShareChild custody is the most critical issue when dealing with divorce.  The outcome is determined by what is in the best interest of the child regarding primary residence and visitation with the non-primary custodial parent. There are different types of custody that can be awarded, but California law encourages judges to award Joint Legal Custody […]

21 October 2011 0 Comments

Relocation problems

ShareWhat happens if your job takes you out of the state?  What happens to the non-custodial parent regarding visitation of his or her child? If this happens to you, you can file a motion to modify the final divorce decree orders regarding location of your child.  The court will look at your case and make […]

24 March 2011 0 Comments

What are your rights as a father?

ShareIn California child custody cases, the court cannot favor a parent simply because they are the mother or the father.  During the divorce proceedings, the overriding consideration in determining custody is always the best interests of the child and who can take best care of him or her.  The court looks at the most stable […]