Is Child Support Taxed?
Child support is the basic financial responsibility of all parents of minor children. Parents, whether together, separated, or divorced all carry with them a responsibility to care and provide for their children. How much you will have to pay or will receive depends on how much residential time you spend with your child and the financial resources of both parents. Child Support is Not Taxable Child support is not income…Read More
Will Child Support Cover Private School Tuition?
Child support is ordered to ensure every parent fulfills their responsibility to care and provide for their children after separation or divorce. Basic child support is meant to cover the basic cost of caring for and raising a child. State guidelines require this amount to reflect: the incomes of the parents, and how much residential time each parent has because during that time they are responsible for covering basic day-to-day…Read More
Why is Our Date of Separation Important?
When you first decide to get a divorce, you may be at the end of a long rope of a weakening relationship. Divorces can take some time while you are working out negotiations, but during this time you may be living separately and beginning your own new lives. Temporary child and spousal support may be ordered during this time and you may be restrained from taking any significant financial actions…Read More
How is Child Support Calculated?
Child support is ordered in every divorce or separation that involves a minor child of the parties. The family law courts see both parents as being financially responsible for their child, regardless of custody or visitation agreements. The amount of child support varies based off of a few factors that reflect financial resources of the parents and the residential time each parent spends with the child. Child support in California…Read More
Why Family Code Section 3042 Should be Amended
No statute or court rule requires a child to testify in a California custody proceeding. (Court, rule 5.250(a).) However, if a child wishes to address the family law court, how does the judge decide whether to consider child’s custody preferences. California Family Code section 3042 confers on children “of sufficient age and capacity to reason so as to form an intelligent preference as to custody or visitation” a limited right to address…Read More
Parenting Agreements 101
If you are divorcing and you have children, you have an important decision ahead of you: putting your children before spousal disagreements, rather than forcing a court to decide how you’ll continue to parent together. At Fernandez & Karney, our LA family lawyers specialize in creating parenting agreements specific to your family’s needs. What is a Parenting Agreement? A parenting agreement or plan is a written document that defines how…Read More
International Family Custody Attorneys
International child custody is a very specialized area of law that may involve multiple courts in multiple countries, laws of different nations, as well as international treaties. As cross-border marriages proliferate, so do international family law disputes: while to a parent, a move-away case within the United States might appear no less daunting, removal of children into a foreign jurisdiction requires a very specific skillset from a lawyer. INTERNATIONAL MARRIAGES…Read More
Traits of a Superior Divorce Attorney
Traits of a Good Family Law Attorney Communication Skills: the act of transmitting a message accurately Courage: the ability to conquer fear or despair: bravery, valor Determination: the act of coming to a decision or conclusion. A fixing of the extent position or character of something. Empathy: the experiencing as one’s own of the feelings of another, also the capacity for this. Fearlessness: free from fear: brave Generosity: free in giving…Read More