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Pop star subpoenaed in child support matter

Prior posts on this California family law blog have discussed how child support arrangements may be modified in the event that the parents or children experience changes in their circumstances. For example, if a child is diagnosed with a medical condition and requires more support than they did in years past their custodial parent may petition to have the noncustodial parent contribute more to the child's care. Additionally, if a parent suffered a financial setback and became unable to pay the child support they are bound to provide they may request a modification to lower the amount they are due to provide.

When after my divorce can I stop paying my ex spousal support?

Most spousal support agreements and orders contain in them provisions that address how and when payments from one party to the other may be terminated. It is for this reason that California residents should first start with their own divorce documents to find out how their particular spousal support cases may be treated when it comes to ending a payment obligation.

Negotiating a fair division of debts in your divorce

If you and your spouse are trying to keep your divorce as amicable as possible, you may have decided to try to work out a preliminary agreement for difficult issues before heading to a mediator. Maybe you have already reached a reasonable decision about who will get the TV and which of you will keep which car. The house was tricky since it is a delicate balance of asset and liability, but you figured out the most beneficial resolution for all involved.

My ex will not help me pay our child's medical expenses

Any unexpected medical costs can put a significant strain on the finances of a California family. In fact, a simple trip to the emergency room can cost thousands of dollars out-of-pocket if a person's insurance provider elects not to cover the basis of the sought medical treatment or if the family has not met its deductible. For a single custodial parent trying to provide their child with everything they need, the expense of an uninsured or excessive medical bill can be downright impossible to manage on their own.

Family mediation can ease the divorce process in California

While it is not uncommon for divorcing spouses to become adversarial, it can be considerably more productive - and much less emotionally draining - when spouses remain amicable throughout the divorce process. In California, one way to help encourage amicability is by working together with a neutral, third party known as a mediator. Mediation can help resolve any issues, such as maintenance, or child custody and support matters, that the spouses have not yet agreed upon.

Child custody plans can change as children's needs change

Parents often watch in amazement as their kids acquire new competencies and skills. A San Francisco parent may marvel at the grace of their young child moves when only months before they were a clumsy toddler. The parent of a teenager may lament the passage of time as they assist their high schooler with college applications. Despite their efforts, parents cannot stop their children from growing into the special individuals that they were destined to become.

Parents' interactions affect children's post-divorce behavior

California parents may be aware that their mental states can transfer to those of their kids. For example, when a parent brings stress home from work and is short-tempered in their familial interactions their children may exhibit similar behaviors in their interactions with others as well. A recent study builds on this phenomenon and suggests that post-divorce parental interactions may affect children's behavior as well.

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