How Will My Divorce Affect My Children?
It should come to no surprise that your children might be affected by your divorce. How the divorce will affect your children will vary based on the circumstances, however by looking at the key changes in your child’s life, you can identify the areas they may be struggling with. The main areas of your child’s life that will change are their living arrangements and the way they are parented by…Read More
How to Co-Parent in the Age of iPads
Co-parenting is likely one of the biggest challenges you will face post-divorce. If you divorce while you still have minor children, you will have to cooperate with your ex-spouse for the benefit of your child. You will be encouraged by California family law courts to facilitate your child having a close and meaningful relationship with their other parent and to craft a parenting plan that works for your family. For…Read More
What Can be Deducted from My Income for Child Support Purposes?
Child support is calculated based off of the state of California’s standardized child support guideline calculator. The calculator determines child support using several pieces of information but it mainly takes into consideration the income of the two parents and the residential time division between them. Since child support relies so heavily on parental income, there are a lot of details to consider when determining what your income is for child…Read More
What Will Happen to My Residential Time if I Move Overseas?
After a divorce, things will change. Even though you may have court orders that outline when and where you should be spending time with your child, eventually down the road you may no longer be able to accommodate this schedule, through no fault of your own. Today, moving overseas temporarily or permanently for your career is a common occurrence in some industries. In many cases, this could be a great…Read More
Can the Other Parent Take Away My Parental Rights?
In the eyes of California family law, every child deserves a mother and a father who are both financially responsible for them and provide them with the necessities for healthy development. For this reason, parental rights are highly protected in family law courts. Very few things can take your rights as a parent away. Your parental rights can be transferred to another parent if they adopt your child. If you…Read More
The Benefits of Residential Time
The benefits of spending time with your child are plenty and obvious. Spending time with your child, even if you are not the primary caregiver, can help them develop healthy relationships with you and others in their life, it can help them know how to ask for help when they need it and can teach them that while some relationships aren’t made to last, the parent-child relationship is forever. During…Read More
Enforcing Child Support Orders When Support Goes Unpaid
Once a child support order is issued, monthly payments are enforceable. Unfortunately, there is no fail safe way to ensure those payments are actually made. Child support not paid, also called arrearage, must be paid back with a 10% interest rate per year. The only way for child support payments to stop are: If the parental rights are signed over to another parental figure willing to take on the financial…Read More
Tax Breaks for Parents: What You Can Expect After Divorce?
One of the many things that will change after divorce is your taxes. You will have a separate filing status and may be in significantly different financial circumstance. Dependency Exemptions One thing that can change is your dependency exemptions. There are many tax breaks for parents. You can claim a dependent on your taxes to reduce your overall taxed income and take advantage of possible tax credits. Some expenses from…Read More