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

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>

Requesting a Psychological Evaluation in Your Child Custody Matter

Today, 1 in 5 adults is affected by a mental health condition. Many times, the effects of these mental health issues can be minimized with medication, therapy, and self-care. There are times, however, when a mental health or psychological issue Read More>

Requesting a Drug Test in Your Child Custody Case

Rampant alcohol and drug use can pose a serious threat to the safety of your family. It is not uncommon for parents, under the influence of drugs or alcohol, to abuse or neglect their children. When you are married, you Read More>

Understanding the Custody of Pets in a Los Angeles Divorce

When some couples get divorced the first question that they are asked is “who gets custody of the kids?” Today, it seems as though couples are waiting longer to have children. In many cases, couples get divorced before they even Read More>

Allegations of Sexual Assault Could Impact Harvey Weinstein Divorce

The entertainment community, and Los Angeles in particular, is reeling after dozens of reports of sexual harassment involving a top industry player surfaced earlier this month. More than 30 women have come out and accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault Read More>

Getting a Kick Out Order During a California Divorce

Domestic violence is a very real issue for many Californians. Domestic violence can often lead to separation, divorce, and the dissolution of a marriage. If you have been the victim of domestic violence, or fear that your spouse may become Read More>

Child Custody in California Divorces

One year ago, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie shocked the world by filing for divorce in California. The power couple had been together for more than 11 years before deciding to end their marriage. During that 11 years, the couple Read More>

Violating a Restraining Order During a Family Law Matter

A divorce, separation, or child custody battle can cause tensions and emotions to run high. In some cases, these emotions have the potential to create a dangerous situation. When one spouse or parent feels threatened they may ask the court Read More>

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