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

How to File a Restraining Order in California

California courts can issue an order to make sure someone stays away from you. This is done by applying for a restraining order. It is also commonly called a protective order. An order restricts someone from making contact with their Read More>

Child Support Arrears

An arrear is a legal term that means someone is behind on an outstanding debt or liability. This term can apply to many different types of law. In family law, it is often used in the context of child support Read More>

Differences Between a Lawyer and an Attorney

If you’re facing a divorce or other family law issue, you’ve probably been advised to hire a lawyer or attorney to guide you through the process. Hopefully, you’ll take that advice because it’s definitely not in your best interest to Read More>

California Divorce Statistics

Divorce is a legal proceeding in all 50 states. Couples do not get married with the intent of needing a divorce attorney; however, it does happen to many couples. While many people believe that over one-half of marriages end in Read More>

8 Signs That It Might Be Time for a Divorce

In the beginning, marriages are happy and full of hope. However, as time goes on, you or your partner may begin to question the relationship. You may be contemplating separation or you may even already be living independently. If you Read More>

Heterosexual Couples Can Register for Domestic Partnerships Under New California Law

A new California law makes it legal for heterosexual couples to file for domestic partnerships. This gives all couples in the state the right to choose between either a marriage or a domestic partnership option to declare their commitment to Read More>

What’s the Difference Between Alimony and Spousal Support?

There are many contentious issues that can come up when you are getting divorced. Often, these include child custody, child support, property division, alimony, and spousal support. Of all of these, issues concerning alimony and spousal support seem to be Read More>

What is an Order to Show Cause?

The divorce and separation process can take a long time. There may be multiple properties or assets to divide. There may also be children involved. This adds to the complexity of the separation because custody, visitation, and child support payments Read More>

6 Signs You’ve Hired a Bad Lawyer and How to Avoid Doing it in the Future

So, you have hired a lawyer for your case. You thought you made a good choice but lately, you have been feeling like something is wrong. Maybe they are hard to get in touch with or they don’t have any Read More>

What Can a Process Server Do to Serve Papers?

If you are about to initiate a legal claim – whether that’s filing for divorce or asking a court to grant you custody of your children – you will have to serve notice to the other side to let them Read More>

Can You Kidnap Your Own Child?

Surprisingly, the answer is yes. You can be guilty of kidnapping your own child. Parental kidnapping usually happens during a custody battle or combative divorce.  One parent decides to take the child physically away without the permission of the court Read More>

What Is Parental Alienation?

It is well established that a child’s attachment to each of his parents is essential to healthy mental development. Although it begins in infancy, the attachment process continues as the child ages. Any action by a parent which undermines this Read More>

Study Shows Divorce May Hurt Wealthier Kids’ Education the Most

Divorce negatively impacts children of any social or economic status. The divorce process can be adversarial with children stuck in the middle of what feels like a crisis. However, it appears that divorce can impact children in more far-reaching ways Read More>

7 Things to Do Before You Ask For a Divorce

The American Psychological Association states that almost half of all marriages end in divorce in the United States. During this tumultuous and stressful time, it is important to ensure that you have considered all options and laid a strong foundation Read More>

Can I Join Tinder While My Divorce Is Pending?

When you’ve made the decision to get a divorce, you may be eager to move on with your life and start dating again. However, divorce takes time. In California, you have to wait at least six months to have your Read More>

Bad Social Media Habits to Avoid During Your Divorce

For many, social media offers a chronological glimpse of the ups and downs of their lives. For monumental events like birth announcements and graduation photos, social media allows us to share times of celebration. In times of emergencies or serious Read More>

I Got Hurt in a Car Accident and Can’t Pay Child Support – What Should I Do?

Supporting your children is your obligation as a parent. When you’re divorced, you might be ordered to pay child support. If you get into an accident, that might affect your ability to satisfy your child support obligations. What should you Read More>

Can I Get Alimony While the Divorce is Pending?

Divorce is always a stressful experience. It becomes more stressful if you are the lower-earning spouse who is trying to make ends meet after the initial separation. This is a common problem in the early phases of separation and divorce. Read More>

Top Divorce Mistakes to Avoid

Even in the best of circumstances, divorce is not an easy process. If you proceed with caution, you can avoid some of the common mistakes that can waste time, increase aggravation, and cost a lot of money. Before you even Read More>

Will My Child Have to Testify at My Divorce Trial?

Children are allowed to testify at trials, even divorce trials. However, this is something that you want to avoid at all costs. It is always best to avoid putting your child in the middle of a dispute between you and Read More>

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