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Read the latest blog posts from legal professionals regarding divorce, child custody and property division.

How Are Health Insurance Costs Factored Into Child Support?

When parents get divorced in California, it is often the children who suffer the consequences. In order to make the transition into their new life easier, California courts will refuse to sign off on a divorce until certain matters are Read More>

What is a Subpoena and How Is It Used in a Divorce?

Legal matters involving family members can be incredibly stressful. The mere fact that a court has to intervene in a family matter to solve a problem is enough to make tensions run high. Some family members may be hesitant to Read More>

Why Do I Have to Pay Child Support If Share 50/50 Custody?

When you get divorced in California you have to make a lot of decisions about your future. If you have children, you’ll be required to make important decisions that will directly affect their lives, as well. Child custody and child Read More>

Child Timeshare and Support Requirements in California

There are many factors that go into determining how much child support a parent will be required to pay after a divorce. Child support can be essential to the health and well-being of a child, so it is important to Read More>

What is Imputed Income in Child Support Orders?

When parents are married, ensuring that their children are taken care of financially is fairly simple. When parents get divorced, however, things can become more complicated. In California, both parents bear an equal responsibility for taking care of any children Read More>

Can I Sue My Spouse for Defamation During a Divorce?

The process of divorce – which is essentially splitting one family unit into two distinct family units – is tough. Tensions run high. As a result, hurtful and hateful things can be said during a divorce. As divorce attorneys, we Read More>

Understanding Divorce and Arbitration

If you live in Los Angeles and are thinking about getting a divorce, you may not know that there are a few different ways to navigate the divorce process. While you will always have the right and option of using Read More>

How Do I Change My Name in California?

Are you planning on getting married or going through the process of getting a divorce? If so, you may be thinking about changing your name. At Fernandez & Karney, our Los Angeles family law attorneys have created a short guide Read More>

Physical vs. Legal Custody

Parents who get divorced must try to agree on a custody arrangement for any minor children that they have together. In California, there are two distinct types of custody: legal and physical. Each type of custody refers to a different Read More>

What’s the Difference Between an Annulment and a Divorce?

If you’re thinking about ending your marriage you may be wondering which legal options may be available to you. In California, divorce is the primary method for dissolving a marriage. However, there may be other options for ending your marriage. Read More>

Do I Have to Sell My Home in a California Divorce?

Depending on whether the house is separate, community or mixed separate and community property, the value of your home can be divided in a variety of ways. Read More>

Preparing to Divide Your Marital Assets

When you get a divorce you will be required to make a lot of decisions. You’ll have to decide on a custody arrangement for your children. You’ll have to determine if you or your spouse will receive alimony after the Read More>

Blake Griffin Files for Paternity of His Kids: What This Means For Him as a Dad

Former LA Clippers star Blake Griffin may be diverting some of his attention from the basketball court to a California family law court in the near future. Griffin is currently embroiled in a legal dispute with his former fiancee over Read More>

Six Tips for Getting Through Valentine’s Day During a Divorce

Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching. If you’ve separated from your spouse or are going through a divorce you may be dreading the Hallmark holiday. At Fernandez & Karney, our divorce attorneys know that the holiday can add to the stress Read More>

A Modern Family Actress Has Separated From Her Husband: What Does This Mean?

Julie Bowen, who is currently best known for her role as Claire Dunphy on the hit sitcom Modern Family, is having some modern family troubles of her own. It was recently reported that Bowen and her husband, who have been Read More>

How Will the GOP Tax Law Affect Alimony Payments in Los Angeles?

When couples get divorced in Los Angeles, it is not uncommon for the spouse who earns less money to ask for alimony. Alimony, which is often referred to as spousal support, is a form of financial assistance that is paid Read More>

Fuller House Actress Required to Pay Child Support

Actress Jodie Sweetin, best known for her role as Stephanie Tanner on Full House and Fuller House, was recently ordered to pay $2,800 a month in child support to her ex-husband. The order was handed down after Sweetin’s husband alleged Read More>

Three Real Reasons Couples Get Divorced

Why do once-happily married couples end up getting divorced? Divorce can be a time-consuming, expensive, and stressful process, so couples do not make the decision to split lightly. This means that the reasons for a divorce are generally substantial and Read More>

Georgina Chapman Still Silent About Future Divorce From Harvey Weinstein

It has been more than two months since accusations of sexual assault and harassment against Harvey Weinstein began to surface. Since the initial accuser stepped forward, nearly 100 women, including some of the most famous actresses in the country, have Read More>

Is a Nesting Agreement Right For You?

Who gets custody of the kids? Will it be shared equally, or will one parent have sole custody? Where will the children live after a divorce? When will the non-custodial parent be allowed to have visitation? These are all incredibly Read More>

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