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July 2018 Archives

Petition for sole custody: a rough road!

Even if you were able to negotiate most of the terms of your divorce settlement, it is not uncommon for spouses to reach an impasse when it comes to matters of parenting their children. As a result of psychological research areound divorce, family courts in California and across the country generally recognize that it is best for children when both parents share in the parenting process as equally as possible. If this is not a plan that makes you comfortable, it will take some effort to convince the court that this conventional wisdom doesn't apply in your case.

How is net disposable income computed for setting child support?

According to the State of California, the primary duty of a parent is to provide financial support for his or her children. In some cases, a parent's financial obligation to the children may take precendence over the obligation to care for a child. For parents who are separated or divorced, a parent may be required to provide their children with financial support through a court-ordered child support plan.

Why collaborative law can be a cost- and time-effective option

If a San Francisco resident has any experience with the traditional courtroom process of seeking a divorce, then they probably know that it can be a lengthy experience. It can take many months or even years for a couple to litigate the many issues that must be resolved in order to bring a marriage to its end. Litigated divorce can, in some circumstances, make contentious relationships even more disagreeable.

How does the state enforce child support orders and agreements?

There are two ways that California parents may find themselves subject to the mandates of a child support plan: through their own work in the creation of a child support agreement or by order of a court. In either case a child support plan may carry the weight of judicial power once it is entered into the legal record and made binding on those a party to it. Once a plan has judicial authority it may be enforced through state-endorsed methods.

Providing options for different paths to divorce

It may sound crazy, but not every person who plans to divorce their spouse hates or despises their soon-to-be ex. In fact, in California and jurisdictions throughout the country, many divorces involve individuals who simply have grown apart from their partners but who wish them no ill will. For people who only want to end their relationships and are able to do so on good terms with their partners, a litigated divorce may not be the best option.

Protecting an inheritance during a divorce

At some point practically everyone dreams of receiving a financial windfall. It may come in the form of a lottery win or the sale of an unexpectedly valuable item. Others may dream that somewhere in the world they have a long-lost relative who has identified them as the individual who should inherit their substantial end-of-life estate.

The age of a child and its role in custody matters

When actors Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt ended their marriage, Californians watched closely to see what would happen to their wealth, their careers and their children. While Jolie apparently retained custody of their kids in the following months, Pitt continued to play a role in the children's lives. Recently, though, a court has ruled that changes must be made to the structure of the former couple's custody plan to ensure that the kids continue to have a relationship with their dad.

Your children are counting on you to make the right choices

Your children may have heard the two of you arguing and knew that something wasn't right. These days, your children may already be aware of divorce and understand what it means because they have friends whose parents divorced. If that's the case, then they have probably heard both good and bad stories about how it affected their friends' families.

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