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Collaboration can facilitate healthy co-parenting relationships

Ending a marriage in divorce doesn’t necessarily mean that two people will be out of each other’s lives. This is especially true when it comes to parents who divorce. In most cases, parents will continue to share legal and/or physical custody of their children during the children’s minority and share life events thereafter.

How do you set the stage for an amicable co-parenting relationship that benefits parents and children? In this post, we have three things to keep in the forefront during the darkest moments in the divorce process.

4 elements that can complicate property division

Dividing assets in a California divorce can be quite confusing even though the state follows a community property approach. This is particularly true if you have high value, complex property and asset portfolios.

Often, this includes businesses, real estate, stock options and deferred compensation. These and similar assets can involve elements that make it difficult to know if and how to divide them. In this post, we address some examples of these complicating elements.

What happens if a parent doesn’t pay child support?

Child support is an important responsibility for parents all across California. It ensures a parent contributes to a child’s well-being and makes it easier for recipient parents to provide the things their child needs.

However, there are circumstances under which parents who should be paying support fail to do so. This can happen for many reasons, from financial hardships to disagreements over parenting matters. But no matter what the reason may be, child support delinquency can have serious consequences.

Addressing post-divorce communication issues

Navigating life after divorce is not easy, especially for parents who will continue to play active roles in raising their children. One particularly thorny issue many people face is figuring out the frequency and acceptable methods of communication between parents and children.

While parents may be tempted to minimize or table the matter of communication, it can be crucial to address this issue when discussing parenting plans. According to a recent study, contact between kids and their parents after divorce can have a powerful impact on the parent-youth relationship. To ease post-divorce communication, consider technology apps that can coordinate and streamline both households and facilitate contact.

When can you request a child custody modification?

Child custody modifications are a lot more common than you might think. However, while it is possible to change a custody and visitation order, this process can be complex.

A parent can request a modification to a final child custody order if there has been a “substantial change in circumstances.” There are two tracks: the other parent may agree to the change or it might be necessary to bring the issue to court. We will discuss both in this post.

What questions should you ask a family law attorney?

Family law cases can be extremely stressful. However, what can be even more stressful is finding the right attorney for your case.

Just like family law cases can be different from one another, so can attorneys. Family law cases commonly involve divorce, child custody, spousal support, child support, domestic violence and other issues that can have a significant impact on a person’s life. So, how do you determine which family law attorney is right for you?

3 mistakes to avoid if you want an amicable divorce

Divorce is a complex – and often contentious – process for many people. Not only are there difficult legal matters to resolve, but parties can struggle with painful emotions like anger, guilt and sadness.

As such, the last thing many people want is a long, bitter divorce. Instead, people prefer (and typically benefit from) a more amicable approach to divorce. If this sounds like your situation, there are some important missteps you should avoid in order to keep your divorce moving forward as peacefully as possible.

What happens to your holdings in a business if you get divorced?

Stock holdings can be complex. However, things can become even more complicated when spouses who own stock in a company decide to get divorced.

Recently, Amazon founder and CEO, Jeff Bezos, and his wife, MacKenzie, announced their divorce. The two were recently named the wealthiest couple in the world with a net worth of nearly 140 billion dollars and over 16 percent ownership in Amazon stock. While Jeff is currently able to control the company, his soon-to-be ex-wife might be joining him on Amazon’s board of directors.

Is your ex refusing access to your children? Here’s what to do

Divorces can be extremely difficult, especially for couples with children. Things can become more complex when your ex disregards a child custody and visitation order and refuses to let you see your children.

For example, imagine you are a parent who was granted custody of the children on weekends. It’s Friday night and you go to the normal meeting place to pick up your children from the other parent, but no one is there. You call your ex, but no one answers. Instead, you get a text message that this weekend isn’t going to work out. However, it continues to happen over the next few weeks. What options do you have?

What you need to know about social media use during divorce

Social media (from Facebook to Instagram) is great for sharing pictures and updating friends and family on recent events. While going through a family law dispute or divorce, however, this changes. You must be careful what you post and consider how a judge would view a photo or comment at trial.

Facebook and other social media posts are playing a role in more divorce cases. The general rule of thumb is to stay off social media during a divorce. If that seems impossible, we have several tips in this post.

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