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Family Law Blog Posts

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

Am I Liable If My Spouse Causes a Car Accident?

No one gets up in the morning and expects to be involved in a car accident. Unfortunately, accidents happen every day. Accidents don’t just affect the drivers and passengers who were involved in the crash. Injuries, financial expenses, and emotional Read More>

Designing a Holiday Child Custody Plan

The winter holidays are right around the corner. This is usually a time when families in Los Angeles gather and spend time together. However, the holidays can be difficult for families when parents are divorced. Figuring out which parent will Read More>

What Happens If I Don’t Sign the Divorce Papers?

Divorce can be a challenging time in your life. This is particularly true if the decision to split up isn’t yours. It’s easy to want to avoid talking about divorce or thinking about the process, at all. You may even Read More>

Couples Rushing to Finalize Divorces Before the End of the Year

Couples across the country are racing to finalize their divorces before the end of the year. Courts have indicated that they are already seeing more divorce cases than is typical for this time of the year. Why? Starting January 1, Read More>

How a New California Law May Affect Your Pets in a Divorce

Divorce is tough on everyone involved – including family pets. To many, pets are like children. However, pets do not get the same treatment as kids in a divorce. Rather, pets are typically considered to be personal property in the Read More>

How Can Spouses Divide Property in a Divorce?

Divorce can be difficult for anyone. When you’re a celebrity and are worth millions of dollars, navigating a split can be even more complicated. Seven months after initially filing for divorce, actress Julie Bowen and her husband seem to have Read More>

Ex-NFL Player Asks Court to Annul His Marriage

Erik Kramer, an ex-NFL quarterback, recently asked a Los Angeles court to annul his marriage. He claims that he did not have the mental capacity to consent to the marriage. According to reports, Kramer attempted to take his own life Read More>

Student Loan Debt Is Destroying Marriage Among Young People

A healthy marriage takes a lot of hard work. You have to commit to working with your spouse and try to navigate life’s most difficult times together. Money and finances are often at the root of many marital problems. Unfortunately, Read More>

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt Struggle to Finalize Their Divorce

Angelina Jolie filed for divorce in September 2016. Nearly two years later, it does not seem as if Jolie and Pitt are any closer to finalizing their split. In California, divorcing spouses have an obligation to agree on the terms Read More>

Who Gets Custody of the Kids While a Divorce is Pending?

Divorce can affect the whole family. This is particularly true if you have children. One requirement of divorce is figuring out who gets custody of the kids, and when. Negotiating custody can take time. What happens during the process of Read More>

What is Palimony?

California does not recognize common law marriage. This means that the state will not consider you to be married no matter how long you and your partner live together. In order to enjoy the benefits that are extended to married Read More>

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>

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